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Saturday, November 19, 2011

EAA to Launch Adult Flight Program in Spring 2012

By Carmelo Turdo
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced its long-awaited aviation program for adults scheduled for rollout in Spring, 2012.  The Aero Experience reported that changes to the Young Eagles program (which include an adult flight program) were being considered by the EAA back on January 16 during the 2011 Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show held in St. Louis County.  During the conference, EAA President Rod Hightower spoke about enhancements being made to the Young Eagles program, such as the Sporty's Pilot Shop virtual pilot training instruction and the voucher available for an orientation flight with a flight instructor.  The adult flight program was then in development, and now the EAA press release below gives more details:

EAA Eagle Flights
New program for adults to launch spring 2012

November 17, 2011 – EAA’s upcoming aviation orientation program for adults, which is scheduled to be launched in spring 2012, now has its official name: EAA Eagle Flights. The program, based on the enormously successful EAA Young Eagles flights for youth, will focus on one-to-one flight experiences and pathways that help adults toward discovering more about flying and eventual pilot certification.

“As we reviewed names for the program, it became evident that EAA should properly build on the success and legacy created by the Young Eagles efforts over the past two decades,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president/CEO. “The EAA Eagle Flights name evokes a strong connection to that mission of creating the next generation of aviators, yet stands alone as a unique program for adults to become engaged in aviation through participating in ways that relate best to them.”

As with the 1.6 million youth flown through the Young Eagles program since 1992, EAA Eagle Flights will supply orientation flights free of charge by volunteer EAA-member pilots. Registration material, structure, and additional insurance coverage will be provided through EAA. Eagle Flights participants can be flown either in single flights or as part of larger rallies typically hosted by EAA chapters.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.  

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