February 12, 2010 – EAA Headquarters — The 2009 Young Eagle Pilot Credits will be in the hands of Chapter Coordinators and individual Young Eagle pilots by the end of February. The credits are currently being processed for mailing.
For the second year, the credits will retain their value at $5 each and can be used in a variety of ways from supporting campers at the Air Academy to local Young Eagle efforts.
The increased value is made possible by continued successful fundraising efforts.
“The aviation industry has really stepped forward to support the work of EAA’s volunteer Young Eagle pilots by investing in the program,” said Steve Buss, Young Eagles executive director. “Every day, our pilots are inspiring young people that flying is something they can participate in and can make a difference in their lives. The credits allow us to help reinvest in those efforts.”
Prior to 2009, the credits carried a value of $1 and could only be used to send a child to the Air Academy. Last year, the credit value increased to $5 each and the range of use was substantially expanded.
As in previous years, credits can be used to send a Young Eagle to an Air Academy camp, but can also be used to help with transportation costs. Credits can support an EAA Chapter’s local youth outreach or Young Eagles program.
Buss reported that more than $95,000 was redeemed by chapters and members during 2009. Nearly 200 Air Academy attendees were supported by the credits. In addition, chapters redeemed credits to buy a wide variety of materials and equipment that will be used by a new crop of Young Eagles.
“We encouraged EAA chapters to be creative in their use of the credits,” Buss said. “Some used their credits to purchase computer flight simulators to demonstrate how airplanes fly. Others purchased safety equipment, like banner rope, safety vests and traffic cones. Some of the more creative uses were to purchase building materials to construct a room for children waiting for a flight and advertising Young Eagle events.
For more information on the credit program, how the credits can be used and how to redeem the credits, please read through the Young Eagles Pilot Credit FAQ sheet.