Posted: 6/20/2010 22:40:57
Free First Flying
is reporting that EAA has
announced a new program where Young Eagles can earn a first free flying lesson
voucher. While this is great news, and program that I wholeheartedly support on
the surface, I have to wonder where is all the buzz?
I've read a lot of
talk lately about the future of GA. Where are the new pilots? What are the
obstacles? Why don't we have thousands of kids lining up to take flying lessons?
What amazes me is that this new program has, so far, not caught anyone's
attention.LET'S SPREAD THE
Here's the scoop from the EAA:“Last year,
we were proud to offer all Young Eagles their own pilot logbook and free access
to Sporty’s Complete on line Pilot Training Course,” said Young Eagles
co-chairman Jeff Skiles. “More than 3,000 Young Eagles have already enrolled in
the course and several have taken or soon will be ready to take their flight
test and earn a pilot certificate. With the addition of the First Flight Lesson,
we continue to build on the enthusiasm shown by these Young Eagles and help them
continue their journey toward a certificate.”
Alright, ladies and
germs. Get to the airport, spread the word. Let's get as many kids in this
program as we can. EAA says they're working on a "Flight Plan" to get more young
people involved in aviation. Let's take advantage of EAA's size and reputation,
and really put this program into high gear! Go! Now! Do it!!!EAA Press Release
Posted: 6/26/2010 09:10:14
Am I the only one who thought this was a step in the right direction to bridge the gap between the Young Eagles program and actually getting young people to become pilots? With all the buzz lately about "where are all the new pilots", I would have thought more people would be interested in this program...
What gives, you guys? Is this a good idea for a program, or what? What are YOUR thoughts?
Posted: 6/29/2010 22:47:20
For those of you doubting the young eagles program works, here's a photo of a couple young ladies that participated in the young eagles program in Nov 2002. The young lady on the right was 9 years old when the photo was taken. She just graduated high school and has accepted a four year university scholarship with the ultimate goal of becoming a professional pilot. She turned down a ROTC scholarship because of two other full scholarship offers, however she is considering a career as a military pilot in hopes of one day becoming a female test pilot.
The young eagles program works.