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Young Eagles Program provides opportunity for youth to experience the thrill of flying airplanes

Oct 03, 2019 07:06PM ● By Ed Helmick

In September, 82 young people in the Ephraim/Manti area registered for free flights to stimulate their excitement about airplanes and flying.

It is important that our kids realize they too can become pilots or peruse other aviation career opportunities. That same youth flight program is coming to the Spanish Fork Airport Oct. 26 and registration is open now.

With the parental, permission young people between 6 and 17 years-old are being recruited for a free experience flying in a general aviation airplane. This program is called Young Eagles and was created by an organization known as the Experimental Aircraft Association.

This group gets its name because the organization began as a group of people building their airplanes, which are registered as experimental because they are not factory production airplanes. The 66-year-old EAA organization has become one of the major aviation advocacy groups in the United States.

In 1991, members of the organization became concerned about bringing young people into aviation and they created the Young Eagles Program. To date over 2 million young people across the United States have had flights.

The national EAA organization has local chapters to carry out its mission. The Utah County Chapter 753 and the Salt Lake County Chapter 23 will be conducting the Spanish Fork Airport youth flights. The Young Eagle Flights will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end about noon. You can register online at https://youngeaglesday.org. For more information contact Kurt Johnson at 801-539-9814. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)