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Young Eagles take to the sky Sunday

Pilots offer free flights to kids, teens at Rally

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:22 a.m. CDT

Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Sunday, June 9, as Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 95 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Morris Municipal Airport.

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 1.7 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Pete DeCraene, 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 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, Wis. The Logbook is also accessible on the web at www.youngeagles.org.

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 June 9 are asked to call and schedule their flight time so that they don’t have a long wait. Times will be scheduled starting at 9 a.m.

If you are unable to schedule a flight please come by the Airport Office on the day of the event and EAA will make every effort to fit your kids into the schedule. Flights will begin at 9 a.m., with registration closing at 2 p.m. Contact numbers for registration are daytime (815) 634-8511 and evenings (815) 634-8992.

Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available at www.eaa.org. The Young Eagles web page is www.youngeagles.org and the Chapter 95 web page is 95.eaachapter.org.

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