Chapter 857

Butler, PA

Young Eagles

          The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, like you, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the continuing generosity of EAA member volunteers. There is no cost or obligation, before or after the flight.  Participation is easy. Simply view our Upcoming Events at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport in Nixon PA (see the Chapter Meetings link at left for location detail) to find the next Young Eagle flight event. Then come to the airport that day at the appropriate time and arrange for your flight.  Any Young Eagle is eligible for a free flight if you are at least eight years old through seventeen.  

          You will need a form--available at the event--completed and signed by a parent / guardian before your flight. This form also enrolls you in the Young Eagles National Log Book, and provides you with a commemorative certificate after your flight.  

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 So what will your flight be like?

          The biggest question on your mind might be about the actual flight. So what should you expect? First of all, you will have a brief "ground school" discussion of what makes an airplane fly.  Next you will be escorted to a gateway where an EAA member will take you safely to your aircraft.

          After boarding, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane; reviewing an aeronautical chart (or map) and identifying ground reference points during the flight. Once you are ready to go flying, your pilot will help you buckle your seat belt beforehand and describe the interior workings of the airplane, including some of the instruments.

          Once in the air, you'll see the earth and sky in a new, exciting way.  Most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes.  Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask the EAA members questions about the flight.  Ask away!  And don't forget, you'll also receive an official Young Eagles certificate, which is signed, by your personal pilot and our EAA Young Eagle Chairmen, award winning aerobatics pilot,  Sean D. Tucker!

International Young Eagle Day flights will be flown from 10 am to 2 pm, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Young Eagles flights during our EAA 857 Fly-Ins will be flown from 10 am to 1 pm on Sunday, August 12 and Sunday, September 9, 2018. 



 On June 11, 2016 EAA 857 participated in International Young Eagles Day.  During this event, our own Captain Larry Schafer flew his 500th Young Eagle, Zachary Nichol!  Congratulations Larry and Zachary! 


On May 10, 2017, one of our Young Eagle Pilots Dave VonKaenel was honored to have a demonstration ride with Sean D Tucker, Chairman of the EAA Young Eagles Program.  Dave has helped the chapter provide Young Eagle Flights to youth in both fixed wing and helicopter platforms.

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