YOUNG EAGLES News:
What if someone told you that students ages 8-17 can have a free flight over the skies of Los Alamos and all you need to do is send an email to request a time?
Oct. 6, the local Young Eagles Program is ready to offer free flights, once again to inspire youth about aviation. Local Coordinator April Fox has six pilots and a plethora of volunteers at the ready to answer questions, provide tours and perhaps launch not only free flights, but the next generation of pilots.
“The program is free, and all costs are covered by volunteers. To date, the YE Program has flown over 2 million children in over 90 countries,” Fox said.
The 2018 program requires that parents and guardians must sign up in advance by requesting a scheduled appointment at KLAMYoungEagles@yahoo.com. Parents and guardians must also be present on fly day to sign the appropriate paperwork.
The Young Eagles program has allowed Fox and her fellow pilots with a great opportunity to inspire others through aviation. The high-flying fun allows youth the take the wheel and view Los Alamos and White Rock from a perspective that many adults don’t have the opportunity to enjoy. Some even have the good fortune to see their actual homes from above.
“The pilots are really great,” Fox said. “They love flying and especially introducing other people to aviation, particularly young eagles. Most of them own their own aircraft and a few of them have built their own aircraft.”
She also assures parents and caregivers that all are members of EAA and are all FAA certified pilots.
The Civil Air Patrol, also will be available that day with their own plane accessible to youth and parents to climb aboard. The educational opportunities abound and just in case the blue skies are too gray for flying Oct. 6, a back up date the following Saturday has already been reserved in advance.
“Luckily EAA members’ love for aviation extends beyond just flying to volunteering,” Fox said. “Most EAA members you meet are so passionate about aviation and will jump at the chance to inspire others. The Young Eagles couldn’t happen if it wasn’t for not only the pilots but also the ground crew who educate kids about aviation, answer questions, and keep kids safe on the ground.”