On the fourth Saturday of every month, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) offers young people a special ticket to an amazing adventure –– a free introductory ride in a small plane.
The EAA wants to share the thrill of flight. Kids ages 8-17 are invited to come out and participate in the ‘Young Eagles program.
It will be a day they’ll never forget.
Locally, Chapter 40 of the EAA, is offering flights at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, located at the corner of San Fernando Road and Osborne Street.
To date, the EAA has flown more than 1.5 million young people, many of whom have gone on to earn pilots licenses and pursue careers in aviation.
Rides include pre-flight inspection training, and kids all receive certificates commemorating their rides.
The next Young Eagle day will beheld Saturday, April 25. Participants should arrive at Whiteman Airport no later than10 a.m.
Many of the monthly Young Eagle rides are given by member of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international women’s pilots association. Regular contributing pilots include Ceci Stratford, Lisa Fusano, Ruth Logan, and Stacie Crowther.
The Ninety-Nines also sponsor Explorer Post No. 747, which is also based at Whiteman Airport, a program where young people have the opportunity to study aviation and earn their wings.
For more information on membership at Explorer Post 747, contact Ruth Logan at: www.sfv99s.org.
For more information on Young Eagle flights, call the EAA Chapter 40 Hotline at 818-725-4247. Or, check out the website at: www.eaa40.org.
The EAA has been in operation for more than half a century. Founded in 1953 by a group of individuals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who were interested in building their own airplanes, EAA expanded its mission of growing participation in aviation to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters, and contemporary manufactured aircraft.
It has grown from a handful of aviation enthusiasts to an international organization representing virtually the entire spectrum of recreational aviation.
EAA is the only association that offers the fun and camaraderie of participating in the flying, building, and restoring of recreational aircraft with the most passionate community of aviation enthusiasts.
The EAA is now more than 180,000 strong, and members pride themselves on being able to build an aircraft for the price of a car — with many of these planes built in their own home garages.
For more information on this exciting and innovative organization, visit the EAA’s website at eaa.org.