Young Eagles Flight Rally Scheduled for Saturday, October 6
CLEARWATER - Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, October 6th, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 282 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater. The rain date is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th.
The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.1 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.
"Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally," said Ed Dolezal, coordinator for the event. "We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation."
Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.
Following the flight, each young person, will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the World's Largest Logbook, which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. The Logbook is also accessible on the Internet at www.youngeagles.org .
Other activities scheduled during the Flight Rally include a pancake breakfast, beginning at 8.30 a.m., available at a nominal charge.
All newly minted Young Eagles will be entered free of charge to win Buzz Aldrin's autographed book, Reaching For The Moon, especially written for children and young adults. The drawing for the lucky winner will be held at noon on Saturday, October 6th.
Along with flight rallies, EAA members also fly Young Eagles on an individual basis. Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge for interested young people.
Those attending the flight rally on Saturday, October 6th , are asked to go Clearwater Airpark starting at 8.30 a.m. to register for their flight. Flights will begin at 9 a.m., with registration closing at noon.
Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet. Access to EAA's Home Page is available at www.eaa.org. The Young Eagles web page is www.youngeagles.org . EAA Chapter 282 of Clearwater's webpage is: www.eaa282.org.
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