November 17, 2011 – EAA’s upcoming aviation orientation program for adults, which is scheduled to be launched in spring 2012, now has its official name: EAA Eagle Flights. The program, based on the enormously successful EAA Young Eagles flights for youth, will focus on one-to-one flight experiences and pathways that help adults toward discovering more about flying and eventual pilot certification.
“As we reviewed names for the program, it became evident that EAA should properly build on the success and legacy created by the Young Eagles efforts over the past two decades,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president/CEO. “The EAA Eagle Flights name evokes a strong connection to that mission of creating the next generation of aviators, yet stands alone as a unique program for adults to become engaged in aviation through participating in ways that relate best to them.”
As with the 1.6 million youth flown through the Young Eagles program since 1992, EAA Eagle Flights will supply orientation flights free of charge by volunteer EAA-member pilots. Registration material, structure, and additional insurance coverage will be provided through EAA. Eagle Flights participants can be flown either in single flights or as part of larger rallies typically hosted by EAA chapters.
EAA first announced that it would create a flight introduction program for adults during EAA AirVenture 2011. The Eagle Flights program is part of EAA’s effort to reduce barriers to entering aviation and encourage participation.