Future Pilots, Start Your Engines

April 2017

Young people who have aspirations of one day taking to the skies can soon have their dream come true.

Albuquerque Chapter 179 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will present a Young Eagles flight program on May 6, offering free flights to area youth between the ages of 8 and 17 at Double Eagle II Airport (7401 Paseo Del Volcan NW).

A signed parental permission is required, and flights are provided on first-come, first-served basis, weather permitting. Each flight lasts 15-20 minutes.

The EAA Young Eagles program was created to develop an interest in aviation for children. Since the program launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 2 million kids nationwide.

“Free airplane rides are a starter to learn more about aviation,” says Todd Blue, coordinator for EAA Chapter 179 Young Eagles, shown above shaking hands with a future pilot. “I love to see those big smiles as they get out of the airplane.”

Following the flight, each participant receives a certificate making them an official Young Eagle with access to further learning opportunities.

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