Aircraft Assoc. pilots taking 'Young Eagles' under their wing Saturday
Program offers free flights to youths ages 8-17
From Staff Reports
June 19, 2008 - An event being held Saturday, while not an official part of the Dairy Festival, is still a popular affair that lets local youths get a real taste of aviation.
The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will host the Young Eagles Program at the municipal airport, offering free 20-minute flights for for youths ages 8 to 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Pilots with the Sulphur Springs Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1094 donate their time, aircraft and fuel -- no small consideration these days -- for the program, which is particularly targeted at children who have never flown in aircraft before.
Pparents will be required to sign a permission slip and liability waiver for each child prior to the flight. Adults are not be permitted to accompany their children on the flights unless special medical circumstances exist.
Once registered, each child is assigned a flight time. Children are flown on a first-come, first-served basis -- the earlier they sign in, the better the chance of an early flight.
Each participant will learn about the airplane, review aeronautical charts identifying reference points they will see during the flight, observe a "walk around" preflight inspection of the airplane, and learn about the parts of the plane and the instrument panel.
At the conclusion of their flight, each participating youngster will be presented with a photograph and certificate to commemorate the event.