The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8-17, an opportunity to experience flight in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.
Since 1992, more than 2 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in 93 different countries and have been flown by more than 40,000 volunteer pilots.
Participation is easy! Click here to email the Chapter 122 Young Eagles Coordinator. He'll contact you to arrange a convenient time and location to go flying with one of our chapter's volunteer pilots, or invite you join us in our next upcoming Young Eagles Rally at an airport in the Greater Harrisburg area.
Of course, the biggest question on your mind is probably about the actual flight... So, what should you expect?
First of all, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This will include talking about the airplane, reviewing an aeronautical chart (map), identifying reference points during the flight, completing a careful "walk around" preflight inspection of the airplane, and discussing how the flight flight surfaces control the airplane.
Once you are ready to go flying, your pilot will help you buckle your seat belt and describe the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel, flight controls, and general safety. Pretty soon, it will be time to go flying!
Once in the air, you’ll see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You’ll experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. If you are like most Young Eagles, you’ll remember this experience for the rest of your life.
Most Young Eagle flights last from 20 to 30 minutes. Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask questions about the flight. Ask away! Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane. You’ll also receive an official Young Eagles logbook signed by your personal pilot!
Our goal is to for you to thoroughly enjoy an introduction to the exciting world of aviation. We look forward to flying with you and adding your name to the ever-growing list of EAA Young Eagles!