June 7, 2010 — There’s no better time to take to the skies than on International Young Eagles Day.
For the past 17 years, EAA sets aside one day to encourage all EAA chapters and members to participate in the program. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 12, when EAA members and chapters throughout the United States and the world will volunteer their time and airplanes to give youth ages 8-18 a free ride. Nearly 150 events are planned by EAA Chapters during this weekend, not counting the many individual EAA members who will fly Young Eagles independently. This annual event is the largest single-day activity for flying Young Eagles, with an average more than 8,000 Young Eagles flown.
In 2010, Young Eagles co-chairmen Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles will each be flying Young Eagles in separate events, with Sullenberger in California and Skiles in Illinois. In January 2009, the two achieved fame when they landed their US Airways plane in the Hudson River after an engine failure. Later in September 2009, they both were named co-chairmen of the Young Eagles program.
During the 2010 event, flight rallies and individual flights will take place throughout the nation and at several locations around the world. To find an event near you check EAA’s Calendar of Events or contact the EAA Young Eagles office.
Since the Young Eagles program began in 1992, nearly 1.6 million young people have received a free airplane ride.
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