TREGO– EAA Chapter 631 will celebrate International Young Eagles Day at the Warbirds North Airport on Saturday, June 8. Free airplane rides will be given to youths aged 8 to 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. (weather permitting).
A parent or guardian must sign a permission form for the flight. Pre-registration is encouraged at https://youngeaglesday.org/?256.Walk-ins are welcome the day of the event.
The Young Eagles program was started in 1992 by the Experimental Aircraft Association. The goal was to give 1 million free rides by 2004, which was the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers.
That goal was met, and to date more than 2.1 million free airplane rides have been given all over the world. Young people are given the chance to experience the wonders of flight and develop an interest in aviation.
EAA Chapter 631
EAA Chapter 631 is made up of local pilots and members interested in private aviation. Each summer the group gives free airplane rides at local airports.
Since 1997 the chapter has given more than 9,000 free rides. Before the flight the pilot explains the basic parts of the aircraft, how an airplane flies, and how pre-flight safety inspections are done. The flights last about 20 minutes, and in some cases the youths have a chance to see their home from the air.
Each individual will receive a flight logbook and a Young Eagle certificate. Their name will be entered into the World’s largest logbook at the EAA museum in Oshkosh.
Wardbirds North Airport is located at Fire # 7953 west Cty. Hwy. E. Directions: West from Trego on Cty. Hwy. E for 5.5 miles, 1/2 mile past the Twin Oaks Bar. Look for orange balls on the power lines. Turn left onto dirt road. You will see the Warbirds North sign, continue 1/8 mile to the hangars.
For more information on EAA Chapter 631 and the Young Eagles Program: http://631hangar.org/ and facebook.com/EAA631/.
Young Eagles flights will be held at Shell Lake Airport on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The airport is located at 120 Airport Dr.