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McKenzie — Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, April 13, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 734 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at …
McKenzie — Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, April 13, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 734 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Carroll County Airport.
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 2 million young people.
“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Bill Stoner, local EAA Chapter 734 president. “We hope to give a new generation a chance to learn about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.” Pilots at the event will explain about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety before every flight. The flights will be over McKenzie in general aviation aircraft which are much smaller than the jets often associated with flying.
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” with over 2 million flight logged. It is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. The Logbook is also accessible on the Internet at www.youngeagles.org.
To attend the flight rally on April 13 come to Carroll County Airport on Highway 22 between McKenzie and Huntingdon. Registration and flights are between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. A parent or legal guardian must sign the registration form but will not be flying.
Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet. Access to EAA’s Home Page is available at www.eaa.org. The Young Eagles web page is www.youngeagles.org and the local chapter is at www.734.eaachapter.org.