Area youngsters, ages 8 to 17, will have a chance to take to the skies on May 20 as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Warbirds Squadron hosts a Young Eagles Rally at the Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport.
The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation.
“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Tim Halbrook, 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 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, and at youngeagles.org.
Alexander’s Restaurant will cater a lunch at the Flight Rally, which is free to Young Eagles, their parents and all military veterans.
Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge. Those attending the rally are asked to come to the Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport starting at 9 am to register for their flight. Flights begin at 9 am, with registration closing at 3 pm. For more information visit eaa.org and youngeagles.org.