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Young Eagles Flight Rally Scheduled for 9/23/06

Orlando Florida - August 15, 2006 - Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, September 23rd as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 74 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Orlando Executive Airport.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.1 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

"Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally," said Stephen Gatlin, Young Eagles Rally Coordinator for the event. "We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation."

Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

Following the flight, each young person, will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagel. their name will then be entered into the "World's Largest Logbook," which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. The Logbook is also accessible on the Internet at www.youngeagles.org.

Other activities scheduled for the Flight Rally include displays of kitbuilt, antique and the Orlando Sheriff's Office Helicopter. Along with flight rallies, EAA members also fly Young Eagles on an individual basis. Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided for free of charge for interested young people. A panckae breakfast will precede the event.

Those attending the flight rally on September 23rd are asked to come to Showalter Aviation located at 400 Herndon Avenue just south of Colonial Drive, starting at 9:00 am to register for their flight. Flights will begin at 9:30 am, with registration closing at 11:00 am. Additional informaiton about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet at www.eaa.or or www.youngeagles.org.

Posted: 8/21/2006 By: General News


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