UPDATE: Due to projected inclement weather this event has been postponed to an undecided later date.
Area youth ages 8 to 17 will again have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, June 8, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1525 (Blue Grass Flyers) hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Morehead-Rowan County Clyde A. Thomas Regional 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 2 million Young Eagles who reside in more than 90 countries.
“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Tim James, helping organize the event. “We hope to build a one-to-one connection between current pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”
Pilots such as Dr. Tom Fossett, Jack Holley, and Jim Fluty have all racked up more than 100 volunteer flights for the youth through this program.
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 in a small airplane such as a Cessna 172 or 150, 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, Wisconsin.
The Logbook is also accessible on the Internet at www.youngeagles.org.
In addition to the certificate, the new Young Eagle will be given a logbook with an access code for a free online flight training course offered by Sporty’s of Batavia, Ohio.
Young Eagles who have a logbook from a previous flight should bring it with them so this flight can be added.
Other activities scheduled for the Flight Rally include the opportunity to meet with and discuss aviation with all pilots who are present and with fellow youth who attend the rally.
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 are asked to come to the large hangar in front of the parking area starting at from 9 a.m. until noon.
Young Eagle participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must sign a waiver form at registration in order for the child to participate in the flight.
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.
The airport is located at 1800 Rodney Hitch Boulevard off KY 801 north.
In case of rain the event will be rescheduled.
Brad Stacy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 784-4116.