EAA Marks Hatching of 1.5 Million Young Eagles

 - October 20, 2009, 5:00 PM

The EAA’s Young Eagles program, aimed at introducing youngsters to aviation by giving them a flight on a general aviation aircraft, is marking a major milestone at the NBAA Convention: 1.5 million total Young Eagles flights. “Young Eagles is the most successful youth aviation education program in history,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president, emphasizing its importance to the business aviation community. “It is making a difference for the future of aviation and, therefore, for the companies that rely on aviation for their future.” In September the EAA (Booth No. 1263) named the new co-chairs of the Young Eagles, who will replace actor/pilot Harrison Ford: Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles, the cockpit crew of the bird-struck US Airways Flight 1549 that safely ditched in the Hudson River in January.