In 1991, a survey of long-time Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) members was conducted to help determine the organization’s future priorities. Nearly 92 percent said EAA’s primary objective should be to involve more young people in aviation. The survey also showed that a flight experience inspired respondents toward aviation. On May 13, l992, EAA’s Young Eagles Programme was unveiled.
6th Tipperary Scout Troopmembers pictured after their flights having received their Young EaglesCertificates at Birr Airfield yesterday
Back Row: Joe Davy Chief FlyingInstructor, Tony Foyle, Scouts, Gordon Hendrick, Pilot, Colm Wright, Pilot,David Corboy, Pilot; Gay Treacy, Pilot, Tommy Mounsey, Pilot, Niall Doherty,
Flying Instructor and Seán Delaney (Scouts)
The mission of the EAA Young Eagles Programme is to provide a meaningful flight experience – free of charge – in a general aviation aircraft for young people (primarily between the ages of 8 and 17). Flights are provided through the generous volunteer efforts of EAA members in 90 countries world wide.
The initial goal of the programme was to fly one million children prior to the 100th anniversary of flight celebration (Dec. 17, 2003). That goal was achieved on November 13, 2003. Currently, more than 1.5 million Young Eagles have been registered.
More than 42,000 EAA member pilots have participated in the programme. Pilots volunteer their time and aircraft to make the flights possible. In addition, countless thousands of other volunteers and supporters assist the programme in a variety of roles.
YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHT RALLY AT BIRR AIRFIELD
22 Members of the 6th Tipperary Scout Troop (Roscrea) aged 9-12 were given a chance to take to the skies on Sunday 1st July as Ormand Flying Club members hosted a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Birr Airfield. Seven pilots and flying instructors from the Flying Club took part along with two pilots from SkyDive Ireland.
“Free aeroplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Colm Wright, Club PRO and spokesman 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 and Student Pilots at the event also explained more about their aeroplanes allowing young people to discover how aeroplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.
Following the flight, each young person, received a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will soon be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Venture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. The Logbook is also accessible on the web at www.youngeagles.org.