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A milestone event at the airport is happening on Saturday, November 13th

This week marks a big milestone for the EAA Chapter 40 program. This month, they expect to fly their 10,000th Young Eagle at Whiteman Airport in Southern California. In 1992, pilot members of the Experimental Aircraft Association EAA started hosting free flight experiences for children between the ages of 8 and 17. The Young Eagles rally will take place on November 26 with the milestone flight happening on that day between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Despite its relatively small size, Whiteman Airport is a major economic and transportation hub. It came into existence in 1946 as a private air park and was acquired by the county of Los Angeles ten years later. Now, it serves as a reliever for KLAX, a LA International Airport. EAA Chapter 40 Young Eagles coordinator Dave Kolstad explains that just every third Saturday of the month, you’ll see a squadron of volunteer pilots bring out their airplanes. These pilot-volunteers provide Young Eagle flights for the chapter. “We’ve been doing it for 30 years,” he said. “We’re up to 9,929 Young Eagles! Let’s get 11 flights in to make 10,000, and I think we could do it.” League events tend to be very well-attended, and they take place typically in the afternoons or evenings. They’re relatively brief, so that all the kids can make it to the event. In addition, they take place in Southern California where the weather usually cooperates. Expressions North fielded a project to expand their chapter of a local children’s choir program by flying potential members between 15 and 20 times monthly to conduct training sessions up against tight timelines. “The kids love the chance to fly. It’s a great opportunity for them to see the airplane up close and get excited about what they might do in the future.”

To find a Young Eagles flight

Young Eagles flights have become an annual tradition for so many people. To find Young Eagle flights near you, visit Youngeaglesday.org. The page will contain information about the flight locations and dates. To find a location near you, input your zip code at the top of the page and click on “Next”. As of November 9, nearly 2.3 million Young Eagles have flown introductory flights. Kolstad said it was hard to tell who is truly benefiting from a Young Eagles rally. The pilot exclaims, “The grins are big on the kids’ faces, just as big on the pilot.” The Young Eagles Rally is scheduled for December 17th, the anniversary of powered flight, which will mark an important day in aviation history. On that day in 1903, the Wright Flyer flew for 12 seconds at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

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