EAA Chapter 234 Young Eagles
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Free Airplane Rides for Kids

Young Eagles flights

Founded in 1992, the Young Eagles program is dedicated to giving youth ages 8–17 an opportunity to fly free of charge in a general aviation airplane. These flights are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation, and today has flown more than 2 million young people.

Young Eagles flight events happen throughout the summer. In 2023, we flew more than 150 local youngsters, some for their very first ride in a general aviation airplane.

Chapter 234 is also proud to make several scholarships available through our Bill Julian Scholarship Fund.

Young Eagles Club Workshops

Chapter 234 holds monthly Young Eagles Workshops to introduce young people ages 12–16 to aviation and STEM-related activities. 

The club teaches them the principles of flight, navigation, airplane and airport terminology, airspace and air traffic control through hands-on activities such as aircraft builds, visits to aviation-related facilities and flight simulator sessions.

The Young Eagles Club Workshops are NOT flying events.

Young Eagles Flights

We hold several events each summer where youth can experience a flight in a general aviation airplane for no charge. When registration for these events is open, they will appear below. Sign up for our newsletter to learn about these opportunities.

Upcoming Young Eagles Events

Want to become a pilot? Here's how we can help!

Ground School Mentoring Program

Each Young Eagle Flight participant receives a free coupon to Sporty's Online Private Pilot Ground School. This course can qualify you to take the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam. In addition, two other online flight training providers have donated access to their courses that integrate with our flight simulators: and True Course Simulations

Let's talk about the options, timing and requirements: You must be 17 to get a private pilot's license (16 for a glider pilots license). You can solo at 16 (15 for a glider pilot student). You are also required to take the Private pilots written exam which can be taken prior to flight training, but once taken the results are good for two years. Flight training is best done in continuous, repetitive sessions. However, the weather in Northern Michigan in the fall and winter months makes regular training in those months difficult, so we recommend scheduling the start of your flight training in the spring of the year with a target completion of October of that year.

So that creates an optimum timeline that looks like this:

- At age 15 or later study for your Private Pilot written
- At age 16 or later take the private pilot written
- Start your flight training in the spring of the year you turn 17

To assist our Young Eagles in accomplishing these goals, we hold twice monthly mentoring sessions for students 15 and older to answer questions and help students understand the material.

Our Ground school mentoring session are held on the first and third Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:30 at our offices at Legacy Aviation.

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