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March 2019

EAA Young Eagles Pilot Update
Total Young Eagles Flown: 2,141,439 - as of 3/11/2019

Brian O'LenaLet's Go Flying

For many pilots, we are heading into the best time of the year – spring. The increased hours of daylight allow for more flying before or after work, or anytime your schedule allows. More than half of the Young Eagles flown each year receive their flights between May and August, and we hope you will continue to fly Young Eagles this summer and share The Spirit of Aviation with a young person.

I have attended many Young Eagles rallies over the past 18 years; some were big and some were small, but all had one thing in common – dedicated volunteers. I look forward to flying to more chapter events this year visiting with all the dedicated people who make EAA such a special organization. I remember what our founder Paul Poberezny said: Airplanes bring us together, but it is the people who bring us back.

One question we receive in the Young Eagles office is, can I fly Young Eagles outside of a chapter rally? The answer is yes! Any EAA member who meets the pilot guidelines may fly Young Eagles whenever time allows. If you know a young person who wants a flight outside of a Young Eagles rally, please order a 10 pack of Young Eagles supplies, review the pilot guidelines, and give the gift of flight.

Our annual "ask" is for each pilot to try to fly 10 Young Eagles per year, but no matter how many you fly, you're still making an impression on a young person and helping create the next generation of aviators. Thanks for your help! If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact me at bolena@eaa.org

Fly safe and keep in touch!
Brian O'Lena, EAA Lifetime 645286
Manager, EAA Young Eagles and Eagle Flights

International Young Eagles Day June 8International Young Eagles Day June 8
The annual International Young Eagles Day falls on June 8 this year; always the second Saturday in June. We set aside one day each year to encourage all EAA members to participate in flying Young Eagles across the country. Remember, you can fly as part of a chapter rally or give flights as an individual EAA member pilot. Start planning early – we have resources to help you.

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Pilot Requirements

EAA Youth Protection Program Renewal

The Youth Protection Program that was instituted in 2016 will be up for renewal in 2019 for anyone who completed the program in its first year. A notice will be sent to our members within 45 days of expiration. The program, which includes online training as well as a basic background check, will remain the same with another three-year certification. All Young Eagles pilots, coordinators, and field representatives are required to go through the process.

Safety ReminderSafety Reminder

Before anything else, we must consider the safety of Young Eagles participants and volunteers in everything we do. Please follow the pilot guidelines when conducting Young Eagles flights and rallies. Safety requires vigilance, both in-flight and on the ground, and we are constantly striving to improve the Young Eagles program to make it as safe as it can be. Please help us by continuing to keep the program safe for all.

Lightspeed Headsets for Young Eagles PilotsLightspeed Headsets for Young Eagles Pilots

Young Eagles pilots Judy Birchler, EAA 1041248, from Indianapolis, Indiana; Marc Benedict, EAA 1100882, from Clearwater, Florida; and Bonnie Ritchey, EAA 883248, from Groveland, California, are the 2018 fourth quarter winners of Lightspeed Zulu headsets provided by Lightspeed Aviation in support of the Young Eagles program. Pilots automatically enter into the quarterly drawing when they mail in Young Eagles registration forms after each flight.

Judy has been a Young Eagles pilot in Indiana since 2011. Marc began flying Young Eagles in 2012 in Florida and Bonnie also flew her first Young Eagle in 2012.

Young Eagles registration forms for flights flown between January 1 and March 31, 2019, are automatically entered into the first quarter drawing.

Thank you again to Lightspeed for its continued support of the Young Eagles program.


EAA's Young Eagles program wouldn't be possible without the tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers who devote countless hours bringing smiles to the faces of future aviators.

Pilots, coordinators, ground support, and everyone in between, these extraordinary volunteers are helping to build a bright future for aviation.

Under the Volunteer Recognition link on the Young Eagles webpage, we recognize pilots when they reach certain milestone. If you have not visited the page, please do – you may see your name or someone you know!

Congrats, Caden!Congrats, Caden!

Congratulations to 16-year-old Caden Urschel who successfully completed his first solo flight! Full story

Why I Fly Young EaglesWhy I Fly Young Eagles

On June 28, 2010, I gave a Young Eagles ride. I probably gave more than one Young Eagles ride that day, but it was eight years ago and I don't remember the specifics. Full story

Earn 50 Cents Per Gallon With Your New Fly Savvy Rewards Credit Card Phillips 66 provides Young Eagles $1 Per Gallon Fuel Rebate

EAA Young Eagles presenting sponsor Phillips 66 provides Young Eagles volunteer pilots with a $1 per gallon rebate when they use the Phillips 66 Aviation Personal Credit Card to fill up for Young Eagles flights. For more details on the rebate, please visit the Phillips 66 website.

Fly Young Eagles, Get $1/Gallon Fuel Rebate
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