Not sure? Reluctant parents should read this article! Pilots are great role models for your child: self-reliant, goal-oriented "mover and shakers"
We had a great day flying at our Young Eagles Rally. The weather was mostly cooperative and we flew about 80+ young people for their first time. You have to be there to fully understand the happiness and excitement this brings to these kids. There are now many Young Eagle Certificates and pictures (thanks to Pete) tacked to bedrooms walls all around town. Hopefully we have created new dreams about flying planes and helicopters! This is the future of flying and the EAA. More pictures <here>
When we fly Young Eagles they become eligible for a complete ground school from Sporty's Pilot Shop. This "Next Step" program helps move young people along into the actual training involved in becoming a pilot.
At this Young Eagle Rally we had a young man that is currently awaiting his helicopter training slot at Ft. Rucker. He took a Young Eagles Ride three years ago here in Ithaca and this was what inspired him to become a pilot! This program works.