Pilot, aircraft owner and actor Harrison Ford passed the EAA Young Eagles baton to two now-famous pilots who will serve as co-chairmen of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s program to help introduce youth to aviation.
Fraternal Order of Eagles
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.
More than 10,000 young people received their introductory airplane rides in the first three months of this year, the strongest three months in the history of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program. Launched in 1992, the program’s goal is to provide airplane rides for one million young people (aged eight to 17 years) before the 100th anniversary of powered flight on Dec. 17, 2003.