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Free airplane rides, Sunday Oct 3rd - Lincoln Park, NJ EAA Young Eagles

posted Sep 23, 2010, 6:01 PM by Peter Hamilton   [ updated Sep 23, 2010, 7:18 PM ]
Mr. Lynch has brought to my attention this great program that allows young people like our Cub Scouts to meet real pilots, learn about aircraft, and go up for free on a flight.  A number of scouts have attended in the past with nothing, but positive things to say & a new passion for aviation.  Details for the event are attached below, and please take a look at the video clip as well.  The EAA Young Eagles program was chaired by Harrison Ford (Indian Jones & Hans Solo fame) up until recently when Capt. Sully (US Air Landing in the Hudson fame) took over as current chair.  This is a great organization, and a great experience to share with your child.  Although this is not an official Pack 27 trip many of us will be there, and hope you can join as well. Siblings in the 8-17 age group are also welcome to fly.

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Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Sunday),Oct. 3 rd), as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter (#)501 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Lincoln Park Airport.

            The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation.  Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.4 million Young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

            “Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Allen Dunn, spokesman for the event.  “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

            Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

            Following the flight, each young person, will receive a certificate, Log Book, and opportunity to take the Sporty’s ground course online for free, and making them an official Young Eagle.  Their name will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI.  The Logbook is also accessible on the web at