Dozens of local kids showed up at Aurora’s Municipal Airport, to catch a flight during one of this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Young Eagles Events.
The Young Eagles soaring 2,100 feet above Sugar Grove, were actually pilots in training.
The EAA, has flown more than a million kids ages eight to 17 since its start in 1992.
“Originally they started Young Eagles because they wanted to get one million kids in the air before the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers,” said EAA member, Mike Bowers.
The EAA is the leader in recreational aviation. The national organization sponsors many flight education programs like the Young Eagles, across the country.
The Aurora branch holds the record for the largest number of Young Eagles. They’ve given over 14,000 kids a bird’s eye view in the past 20 years.
“It’s fun that you get to talk into the headphones and it’s fun to be above everything,” said flier, Ashley Harootunian.
Aurora resident, Antonio Deltoro enjoys flying for the view. “I like seeing all the fields and looking at all the cars because from up in the sky they look so tiny.”
“It’s really exciting because this time I’m not the passenger, I’m the actual pilot. It’s fun being able to control the plane. There are so many different buttons,” said Julieta Deltoro.
For kids like Alan Morrow, the event is a way to begin pursuing a life-long dream. “I wanted to come fly because it would be good training when I become a pilot, or at least I want to be,” said Morrow.
Mike Bowers agrees that the event could become a future reality for kids. “A lot of kids that have flown with the Young Eagles program have moved on to become aircraft mechanics, air traffic controllers, pilots, and some of them are actually military pilots,” said Bowers.
In addition to the experience, Young Eagle pilots received a personal photo, log book, and name entry into the world’s largest logbook at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
There are two more chances to take flight as a Young Eagle on September 23rd and October 21st. For more information, visit www.eaa579.org.
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