CLEARWATER – Area young people ages 8 to 17 will be able to take to the skies on Saturday, June 14, as the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 282 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N. Hercules Ave.
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 1.8 million young people in more than 90 countries.
“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Bob Flynn, 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 explain more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how planes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before each flight. Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle, and their name will be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It is also viewable online at www.youngeagles.org.
Other activities at the rally include monitoring the aircraft in flight via the radio, touring the hanger where members of Chapter 282 are building an aerobatic airplane, and there will be snacks and drinks available with a small donation.
Those attending the rally are asked to be at the airpark starting at 8 a.m. to register for their flight. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue until 11 a.m. or until the maximum of 50 Young Eagles is met.
Weather will be monitored. Check www.eaa282.org for information and cancellation notices due to weather, which would be posted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 13. A rain date is set for Sunday, June 15.