Quarterly updates for volunteers of EAA's Young Eagles Program
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October 2019

EAA Young Eagles Pilot Update
Total Young Eagles Flown: 2,178,152 – as of 10/7/2019

Brian O'Lena Changes

It has been said the one constant is change. For some people change is good, for others it may be scary; it all depends on how it affects the individual. This newsletter has undergone changes; this is the first issue of a new joint Young Eagles pilot AND Young Eagles coordinator update, combining the two newsletters. The Young Eagles program has gone through a series of changes over the last year. We are now part of the EAA chapters department – this change puts us more in line with the hundreds of chapters who hold Young Eagles rallies each year.

In addition, Michelle Kunes has retired after 25 years at EAA. We will never be able to replace Michelle, but we will work hard to carry on her tradition of working with our volunteers. We honored Michelle at our Young Eagles Awards Banquet at AirVenture 2019 and it was apparent how many friends she has in the EAA family.

Another change we announced at AirVenture was that we have eliminated the pilot requirement of achieving 10 Young Eagle Flight before earning any Young Eagles credits. For 2019 and beyond, ALL Young Eagle flights earn credits for their chapter of record. This will provide a significant amount of additional funding to chapters to support your Young Eagle efforts.

Our annual "ask" is for each pilot to try to fly 10 Young Eagles per year and there is still plenty of great flying weather before winter arrives. No matter how many Young Eagles you fly, you are still making an impression on a young person and helping to create the next generation of aviators. Thanks for your help. If you have questions or comments feel free to contact me at [email protected].

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

Young Eagles Honors Epting, Stoyka, and Lightspeed at AirVenture Dinner

Each year EAA takes time to recognize three distinct award recipients that have gone above and beyond to contribute to the Young Eagles mission. Across the country, more than 50,000 pilots have volunteered their time to change the lives of 2.1 million Young Eagles, giving kids their very first flight experience. Each year EAA takes time to recognize three distinct award recipients that have gone above and beyond to contribute to the Young Eagles mission. Read more ››


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

From pilots, to 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 milestones. If you have not visited the page please do, as you may see your name or someone you know. Read more ››

Jimmy Graham Meet Jimmy Graham, EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairman

Jimmy Graham, EAA 1139302, remembers the exact moment when aviation became one of his passions in life. Like many future aviators of a certain age, his inspiration came from a certain iconic film starring Tom Cruise and F-14 Tomcats. Read more ››

Young Eagle Online Registration

More than 250 chapters and over 1,000 pilots have been using the Young Eagles online registration tool for managing their Young Eagles rallies. This program has the capability to create your event, and to sign up kids as well as pilots prior to the event. You can also schedule time slots so you have better control over the flow of activity. The system has the ability to send your rally data to Oshkosh once your rally is complete. At this time, we are asking that parents sign a liability waiver that must be sent to EAA by the chapter's Young Eagles coordinator after the rally.

If your chapter or pilots are not using the new system, you can sign-up at YEDay.org.

EAA Young Eagles Credits Program Expanded

EAA announced at AirVenture 2019 that the pilot requirement of achieving 10 Young Eagles flights before earning any Young Eagles credits has been eliminated. Beginning with flights in 2019, all Young Eagles flown and registered will earn Young Eagles credits for the pilot's chapter of record. The standard amount of $5 per credit will remain. For example, if a pilot flies eight Young Eagles in a calendar year, he or she will earn eight credits ($40 worth) for their local EAA chapter. Read more ››

Safety Reminder Safety 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.

Joe Ermel Ray Scholar Pays It Forward by Flying First Young Eagles

Joe Ermel, EAA 1092243 and former Young Eagles participant turned Young Eagles pilot, has many individuals to thank for helping him achieve the first milestone in his aviation journey: becoming a private pilot. Read more ››

Lightspeed Headsets for Young Eagles Pilots Lightspeed Headsets for Young Eagles Pilots

Six lucky volunteers have been selected as recipients of LightSpeed Zulu Headsets during an AirVenture 2019 drawing. Mat Labs from Greenville, Wisconsin; Andrew Freeman of Gurley, Alabama; Jim Sainsbury of Monona, Wisconsin; Tom Woodward of Granbury, Texas; Jack Langland of Sarona, Wisconsin; and Laurie Probst of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Young Eagles pilots Cecelia Stratford, from Simi Valley, California;, William Buck from Deland, Florida; and Shannon Lane from Columbus, Georgia, are the most recent winners of Lightspeed Zulu headsets provided by Lightspeed Aviation in support of the Young Eagles program. Pilots automatically enter into drawing when they mail in Young Eagles registration forms after each flight.

Young Eagle registration forms for flights flown in 2019 automatically enter into the drawing.

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

Earn 50 Cents Per Gallon With Your New Fly Savvy Rewards Credit Card Phillips 66 Spotlights Young Eagles Volunteers and Ray Scholar Participants

Phillips 66 stopped by the EAA Blue Barn during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 to check in with program pilots and participants. Seth Garland of EAA Chapter 276 is a former Young Eagle turned Ray Aviation Scholar who shares his view of the Young Eagles program. Doug Conciatu — a member of EAA Chapter 13, CFI for its Ray scholar, and longtime Young Eagles pilot — shares what he finds so rewarding about Young Eagles. Watch now ››

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 Young Eagles Rebate program.

Fly Young Eagles, Get $1/Gallon Fuel Rebate
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