EAA has announced the Young Eagles Flight Plan, which has developed a number of new programs to encourage young people to consider flying and aviation careers. Key elements include the Young Eagles Flight, Sporty's online Next Step Program, a free First Flight Lesson, flight training scholarships and awards, and a free EAA Student Membership.
After completing a Young Eagles Flight, you'll have access to the Sporty's Complete Pilot Training Course. This course is the Next Step in the Flight Plan and a great way to begin your aviation education. (Recommended for ages 13 and older.) The course is a $215 value and is offered free from Sporty's Pilot Shop.
Once you have completed part one (the recreational pilot course) of the Sporty's program, you'll receive a voucher from EAA for a free First Flight Lesson at a flight school of your choice. (You must be between ages 14 and 19 to qualify.) This $120 value is underwritten by Global Aerospace and the Jim and Angela Thompson Foundation.
When you finish the Sporty's program, you'll be eligible to apply for funds to be used for flight training. These $1,500 flight awards and $7,500 flight scholarships are paid to your flight school to further your flight training. (You must be between ages 16 and 20 to qualify.) These flight awards and scholarships are underwritten by Rolls-Royce and the Harrison Ford Scholarship Fund at EAA.
Beginning in late October 2010, all Young Eagles will be offered a free EAA Student Membership. This membership will be valid until your 19th birthday and will include a membership card, e-newsletters, member discounts, and an electronic version of Sport Aviation. The EAA Student Membership is presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. More information will appear in the near future at www.YoungEagles.org.