15, No. 3
Fall is one of the best times of the year for Young Eagles
flights. The air is cool and crisp, and the kids are back in
school. It's a good time to contact local clubs and youth groups
looking for activities.
you're having a hard time finding potential Young Eagles, I
suggest you contact your local Boy Scouts unit. Offer to help
the troops earn their aviation merit badge. We have a complete
outline of how to do it on our website. Just click
here to get started.
is also a good time to see if your pilots have reached their
2011." Pilots who fly 10 or more Young Eagles
in a calendar year earn credits that can be used to help offset
the cost of sending a Young Eagle to one of the Air Academy
sessions next year. Also, the credits can be used to enhance
your local Young Eagles program. The credit program is a great
way for pilots to know they're contributing to support a young
person's interest in aviation.
EAGLE SIGN-UPS FOR SPORTY'S COURSE EXCEED 10,000
Recently, the 10,000th Young Eagle signed up to take
advantage of our partnership with Sporty's Pilot Shop and the
online Sporty's Complete Pilot Training Course.
course is part of the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan which begins
with a Young Eagles flight, continues with a free EAA Student
Membership, the Sporty's online course, a free first flight
lesson at a local flight school of the student's choice, and
numerous flight training scholarships and awards.
easy for Young Eagles to unlock these benefits, but it starts
with you and your pilots. Every Young Eagle should receive a
logbook, and inside that logbook is a special access code he
uses to register online for these benefits on the Young Eagles
appreciate Hal Shevers and his team at Sporty's Pilot Shop for
their support in helping us create the Flight Plan. Ever since
Young Eagles were granted free access to the course in April
2009, Sporty's has donated courses that have a retail value of
more than $2 million.
ensure all of your Young Eagles have access to the entire Flight
Plan, make sure they receive a logbook after their flight.
HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A LIGHTSPEED HEADSET
Now through the end of the year, pilots who fly and register
Young Eagles will be entered into a drawing to win a Lightspeed
Zulu headset, courtesy of Lightspeed Aviation. The noise-canceling
Zulu headset is valued at $900.
will be entered into the drawing for every Young Eagle they fly
and register through December 31, 2011. A random drawing will be
held on January 16, 2012, to determine the winner.
Young Eagle your pilots fly increases their chance of
addition, there's a second drawing available exclusively for new
pilots; any pilot who flies his first Young Eagle between now
and the end of the year will also be entered into a companion
drawing. If your chapter has pilots who haven't participated
before, this might provide a little extra incentive.
let the fall flying season go to waste!
EAGLES PAPERWORK - A VOLUNTEER'S PERSPECTIVE
By Ginny Largent, Young Eagles Coordinator for EAA Chapters
186 and 939
year, I had the privilege to help out in the Young Eagles office
during the week prior to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. I spent three
days keying in the Young Eagles registration forms. This was a
bit of an eye-opener for me. I was amazed at the number of forms
that arrived daily, the number of large rallies that are held,
and the number of pilots who fly Young Eagles. Kudos to all of
you who participate in the program!
did note that the EAA staff, as well as myself, often have to do
some research to uncover the required information in order to
register the youngsters in the World's Largest Logbook. This
surprised me; I believe as a coordinator that I have a
responsibility to ensure the registration forms are properly
completed prior to submitting them to the Young Eagles office.
The process includes checking the forms during the rally to make
sure that the information provided about the Young Eagle is
legible and correct (to the best of my knowledge). I take a
moment to check the birth date because I have found that a
parent will sometimes fill in his own birth date as opposed to
the child's. An honest mistake, but it could cause the child not
to be entered into the World's Largest Logbook.
a rally, I spend time entering information about the pilot. If
it's only a few forms, I will handwrite the pilot information on
the form, but if it's a large number of flights, I will prepare
labels with the pilot's information to place on each form. It's
important to let EAA National (Oshkosh) know the proper
information about the pilot, specifically:
Eagles pilot ID number (or EAA number for a new Young Eagles
pilot); you can get the pilot ID number by going to the
World's Largest Logbook and keying in the pilot's name
of aircraft used for the flight
of the flight
affiliation (if there is one).
this information was provided, the job I did was a snap! So
please, take a few minutes and give the EAA staff a hand by
properly completing the registration forms. It makes their job
easier and ensures that the Young Eagle and the pilot will be
All volunteers should be recognized for their efforts,
especially the ones we would not hear about. However, you all
know how important your ground volunteers are to the success of
your program. I would be happy to provide you with certificates
and volunteer pins for the year. Please send me an e-mail with
the names and when you need them by. Many chapters plan
recognition around their annual banquet or holiday party;
therefore, please plan ahead so I can have the items to you in
One of the things I really enjoy about EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh is meeting old friends and making new ones. This year
was no exception. While attending the Young Eagles Awards
Dinner, I was looking for one of our guests and found him in the
back of the Eagle Hangar looking for a place to sit near some
Young Eagles. As I guided him to his table where several Young
Eagles, who are now pilots, were waiting for him, we talked
about how far the program had come since 1992. I told him how
much I appreciated his founding vision and support for Young
Eagles. Through the years, he had always been kind and gracious
and often took the opportunity to thank me, too.
his advancing years, his focus was still on sharing his passion
for aviation with young people. He was a dear, sweet man, and I
will miss seeing him again. I think his demure attitude is a
lesson for us all. I never saw him use his movie star status to
impress anyone, but instead he always kept his focus on young
people and how important it was to make strong connections.
Robertson will always be remembered as the first chairman of the
Young Eagles program. May we all try to keep the same focus he
Young Eagles Program Administrator