What is EAA? EAA Chapter 966
EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is an
international aviation membership association founded
in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
EAA sponsors many aviation education programs
including the EAA Young Eagles program. EAGLE
More than 170,000 people currently belong to EAA, with P I L O T P ROGRAM
local Chapters located in all 50 states and many
countries. Members are aviation enthusiasts of every
age group, including many airline and commercial
pilots, engineers, business people and even astronauts.
Our members enjoy all types of airplanes, including
"experimental" aircraft, those aircraft built by individual Saturday, June 9, 2007
craftsmen, rather than in a factory. "Experimental"
refers to the category of aircraft designed by the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for these types of 9 a.m.—Noon CST
airplanes. Similar to standard category aircraft,
Experimental aircraft are inspected and certified
airworthy by FAA.
EAA's corporate offices and extensive AirVenture
Museum are located in Oshkosh. EAA is a 501(c)(3)
organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue
Service. EAA hosts one of the world's largest general
for 8-17 year olds!!!
aviation events, the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Fly-In. The event draws more than 700,000 people and
10,000 aircraft to Oshkosh each summer. www.eaa.org;
EAA Chapter 966
Michigan City Municipal Airport
1300 North Highway 212
Michigan City, IN 46360
EAA Sponsored Young Eagles Program at Michigan City Municipal Airport June 9, 2007!
The EAA Young
You might recognize
Your child will receive a short Eagles program was
launched in 1992 to
Harrison Ford from his
numerous movie roles, like
ground school, teaching the give interested young
people, ages 8 - 17, an
Indiana Jones from the
Temple of Doom or CIA
basics of flight. opportunity to go flying Agent Jack Ryan in Clear
in a general aviation and Present Danger or the
He/she will then meet their airplane. These flights president in Air Force One,
are offered free of but Harrison Ford is also an
pilot who will show them charge and are made experienced pilot and
Chairman of the EAA
the aircraft and the possible through the
generosity of EAA Young Eagles program.
different parts of an aircraft. member volunteers.
Since 1992, more than 1.1 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a
Since Young Eagles began
in 1992, there have been only three Chairmen. All are
Next, they will take a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in active pilots and have flown Young Eagles. The first
more than 90 different countries and have been flown by nearly chairman (1992- 1994) was Academy-Award winning actor
15-minute flight around 40,000 volunteer pilots. Cliff Robertson. Mr. Robertson was followed as Chairman
by Gen. Chuck Yeager (1994–2003). Of course Gen.
Michigan City and possibly The biggest question on your mind might be about the actual flight. Yeager is known as a famous test and combat pilot and the
first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Now,
over their home or school! So what should you expect?
Harrison Ford has taken over for Gen. Yeager.
They will receive First of all, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight.
This might include talking about the airplane; reviewing an
“It’s daunting to step into General Yeager’s shoes, but
aviation is about learning new skills and the satisfaction
a certificate and picture with aeronautical chart (or map); identifying reference points during the that comes with practicing them and doing better,” Mr. Ford
flight; completing a careful "walk around" preflight inspection of the said upon accepting the position.
their pilot when completed. airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane.
Mr. Ford earned his pilot’s certificate in 1996 and joined
Once you are ready to go flying, your pilot will help you buckle your EAA. Since then he has also earned a several additional
ratings including seaplane, rotorcraft (helicopters) and an
A parent/guardian seat belt and describe the interior of the airplane, including the
instrument rating. He also owns several aircraft including a
instrument panel. Pretty soon, it will be time to go flying!
must be present. deHavilland Beaver and Bell helicopter.
Once in the air, you’ll see the earth and sky in a new and exciting “Young Eagles gives kids a view of the world they’ve never
way. You’ll experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many seen before,” Ford said. “Each Young Eagle flight is an
Reserve your spot today! people only dream about. If you are like most Young Eagles, you’ll opportunity to excite kids by sharing a passion for flight and
remember this experience for the rest of your life. to show them that they, too, can learn the skills to
Call (219) 872-0121 participate in aviation.”
Most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes. Once
back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask As Chairman, Mr. Ford promotes the EAA Young Eagles
program when possible and plans to attend the EAA
questions about the flight. Ask away! Your pilot will be happy to tell
AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In. Mr. Ford has flown nearly 250
you more about flying and their particular airplane. And don’t forget, Young Eagles since becoming involved in the program in
you’ll also receive an official Young Eagles certificate, which is
signed, by your personal pilot and our Chairman Harrison Ford.