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Young Eagles Celebrate Earth Day from the Sky

Event Dates and Times

Enterprise Municipal airport
Saturday, April 22, 2017 is Earth Day, a global celebration and appreciation of our Mother Earth. Few have the opportunity to see it from high above the earth. It is a totally different perspective of our planet, its rivers, farm lands and urban interface with the land and the environment.

Volunteer pilots from the local Experimental Aircraft Association (the EAA) Chapter 351 in Enterprise will be cranking up their engines and giving FREE aircraft rides to offer this unique perspective to Young Eagles in the Wiregrass area on Saturday morning at Enterprise Municipal airport.

This biannual educational event gives 8 to 17 year-olds the opportunity to become Young Eagles and experience the thrill of flight through the volunteer efforts of local pilots. No experience or cost is required – only the desire to fly.

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM at the Enterprise Municipal Airport, and orientation flights will be conducted from 9 AM to 3 PM. A parent or guardian must be present at registration.
Young Eagles will receive a complete safety and pre-flight briefing, and after takeoff will be allowed to follow along on the controls for a most memorable flight. After landing they will receive a logbook and certificate documenting their adventure, and a certificate to participate in a FAA-approved Private Pilot Ground School. They also receive a FREE Student Membership into the EAA with discounts and opportunities for further participation in the exciting world of flight.

The EAA Young Eagles program gives today’s young people the opportunity to experience the magic of flight for themselves. These educational flights are made possible by the generosity of volunteer pilots in our area who donate their aircraft, fuel and time to make this possible twice a year. There is no cost to participants.

Last year the local chapter flew 171 Young Eagles in November, contributing to the milestone of over 2,000,000 flown nation-wide. In 2017 the Young Eagle rally will be held at the Enterprise airport in conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.
For more information, contact the Young Eagles coordinator Aubri Hanson at 601-329-1334, e-mail acbarnet@hotmail.com or you can visit us on Facebook at: EAA Chapter 351 Enterprise.

The EAA is a non-profit association of aircraft builders, pilots, and enthusiasts who further the safety and excitement of grass-roots general aviation sport flying. The local EAA Enterprise Chapter 351 frequently holds community events and rallies, along with workshops and educational field trips for students. Chapter 351 President is Paul English, and he can be reached at 804-381-1244, or by e-mail at plenglishjr@gmail.com.