Area young people (ages 8 – 17) will have a chance to take to the skies on May 18 as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 535 hosts a Young Eagles Flight 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.
Registration begins at 8:45 am and closes at 2:45 pm; flights begin at 9 am.
Brats, burgers, hotdogs and sodas will be available for the Young Eagles and their parents.