This week's EAA Webinar addressed the new Young Eagles Flight Plan, the program designed to move today's youth "from the right seat to the left seat." In brief, the path to pilot success includes the following steps:
1. Young Eagle Flight - youth aged 8-17 are given their first flight, after which they receive a log book recording the flight and follow-up materials for registration for additional training opportunities
2. Free Student Membership in EAA (through age 19), which includes "Sport Aviation" electronic version, member discounts, and free membership in Academy of Model Aeronautics
3. Sporty's Complete Flight Training Course access, including interactive training for Recreational and Private Pilot licensing requirements, along with EAA reimbursement of FAA exams when passed
4. First Flight Lesson - Young Eagles who complete Recreational Pilot training course are eligible for a voucher to pay for a first flight lesson, up to $120 at the FAA approved flight school of their choice
5. Scholarships - 3 $7,500 flight scholarships are awarded annually, and 1 $1,500 flight scholarship is awarded monthly; academic scholarships are also awarded annually
Sponsors of the Young Eagles Flight Plan include Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Global Aerospace, Phillips 66, Sporty's Pilot Shop, Rolls Royce Engines, Lightspeed and the Jim & Angela Thompson Foundation.
Since the program began earlier this year, about 9,200 EAA Student Memberships have been added, and over 7,200 students have begun the flight training course. Congratulations to the EAA Young Eagles team for a great start on training the next generation of pilots!
For more information about the Young Eagles program, please visit http://www.youngeagles.org/.