Young Eagles Story

A Chapter member recorded her experience getting a friend into the cockpit of an aircraft at one of EAA240’s Young Eagles – Free Flights for Kids days.

“Through the Young Eagles program in partnership with @eaa240 I got my Little Sister (@bbbsdelaware) [Big Brothers Big Sisters, DE] in the cockpit to co-pilot her very first flight this summer! She later messaged her boyfriend who was away at camp, “Flew a plane today,” like a little badass ????✈️? At 14, it’s a wonderful age to get a teen up there and expand her horizons of what is possible to pursue as a young lady.

The Young Eagles program at New Garden Flying Field makes aviation extremely accessible to youth. EAA Young Eagles Program was created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 2 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries. Pilots at the event explained more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety before every flight.

After the flight, she received a certificate making her an official Young Eagle. Her name was also entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. The Logbook is also accessible via In addition to the Certificate, she was given a flight Logbook with an access code for a complete free online Flight Training course offered by Sporty’s”.