Truckee's EAA1073 host ADULTs for its first official Eagles flights.

Posted on March 25, 2022 by Tim LoDolce, Michael Kennedy

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The Truckee Chapter will host our first official Eagles flights on May 14, 2022.

To help clarify the purpose and intent of the Eagle Flights program, here are the answers to some of the most common questions we've received.

What is Eagle Flights all about?

The Eagle Flights program is about sharing a hands-on flight experience with an adult who has already expressed an interest in aviation. It is not a program for adults to simply get an airplane ride during a Young Eagles rally. Eagle Flights gives you the resources and organizational support to share the fun of flying with friends, family members, and co-workers - something many of our members already do. EAA chapters should view this program as an opportunity to invite new participants into their local aviation community.

How is this program different from Young Eagles?

The Eagle Flights program focuses on introductory flight experiences for adults, which includes offering them support and mentorship after the flight to help them achieve their dream of becoming a pilot. As with Young Eagles, the success of Eagle Flights is up to us as volunteer pilots, chapter leaders, and field representatives. With that said, Young Eagles and Eagle Flights will remain two separate programs and you do not have to participate in Eagle Flights to participate in Young Eagles.

Will Eagle Flights be handled like Young Eagles rallies?

No. With Eagle Flights we want to emphasize quality over quantity. However, we envision this program as a one-to-one, hands-on experience for the Eagle including extensive pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight counseling. If the parent or legal guardian of a Young Eagle requests a flight during a rally, we recommend arranging a time outside of the rally to conduct an Eagle Flight.

Who "qualifies" for an Eagle Flight?

Any person 18 years of age or older who has expressed an interest in learning to fly. Adults who contact EAA about an Eagle Flight are asked some questions about their aviation interest to help us determine if they are serious about pilot certification. If you are contacted directly by someone in your area regarding an Eagle Flight, we encourage you to do the same. You may want to consider inviting them to be a part of your chapter before scheduling an Eagle Flight.

What do Eagle Flights participants receive?

Eagle Flights participants will receive a free, six-month EAA membership after the completed Eagle Flights registration form is received by the Eagle Flights Office. We are currently working with several aviation companies to develop additional flight training resources and benefits that will help Eagles along their path to joining our community of aviators.