Aviation Dreams Soar: Young Eagles Event offers local youth a free airplane flight

Published by The Bee News

November 16, 2022

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Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport hosts the 2022 Experimental Aircraft Association’s International Young Eagles Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Signature Flight Support, 2550 Laughlin View Dr. (See attached flyer with map).

EAA member volunteers provide free flights for youth ages 8 through 17.

“A lot of us grew up dreaming about becoming a pilot. As the industry battles through a pilot shortage, it is important to hold events like this to show the next generation what it is like to be a pilot,” said Kellen Shireman, LBIA Assistant Airport Director.

A parent is required to register their child. Each participant will take part in the pre-flight check of the aircraft. During the pre-flight, the pilot will explain each part of the aircraft and its function. Following the inspection, a 15–20-minute flight around the valley will show each child what it is like to be a pilot. After the flight, all Young Eagles receive a certificate commemorating their adventure. Participants receive follow-up opportunities ranging from free learn-to-fly courses to more aviation-related experiences.

For more information on the year-round Young Eagles program, visit the official EAA Young Eagles website at youngeagles.org.

Since 1992, more than 2.2 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and flown by more than 43,000
volunteer pilots.

For more information about the event at the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, call 928-754-2134.

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