CLEARWATER – Area young people ages 8 to 17 will be able to fly on Saturday, Oct. 12, as the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 282 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N. Hercules Ave., 8 a.m. to noon.
The annual 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-on-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 also will explain more about their airplanes, allowing the young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.
Those attending are asked to be at the Clearwater Airpark staring at 8 a.m. to register for their flight. Registration is first come, first served, and will continue until 11 a.m. unless the maximum of 50 people is reached, at which time registration will close. Flights begin at 9 a.m. and continue until noon.
The weather will be monitored. Check eaa282.org for information and cancellation notice if necessary, which will be posted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. If the weather is too poor to fly that day, then the rain date is set for Sunday, Oct. 13, weather permitting.