Youth Offered Opportunity to Fly, Make Connections at Young Eagles Flight Rally

Darin and David Glass pictured in front of a Cessna Cardinal that will be flying children this Saturday. (Photo provided by Dave Glass)

CLEARFIELD – Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on June 12,  as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 748 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Clearfield-Lawrence Airport (near Exit 120 off of I-80, entrance is across from Sapp Bros. truck stop) from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.

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 1.4 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries. Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge for interested young people.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Dave Glass, spokesman for the event.  “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

 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, 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, WI.  The Logbook is also accessible on the Web at www.youngeagles.org.

Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet.  Access to EAA’s Home Page is available by clicking here.  The Young Eagles web page is http://www.youngeagles.org/.

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