Young Eagles must be aged 8 to 17, and must have a signed parental form. We have done a Y-E Rally every October for a number of years now, and it's one of the most fun and rewarding events that we do!
We have another Young Eagle Rally behind us now! What a great group of chapter members we have who show
up for this and make this happen! As Young Eagle chapter coordinator, I want to thank our members who
worked this event! The Y-E rally couldn't happen without all of the people who do the WORK! Safety is our #1
concern of course and the flight line crews involving aircraft movements, escorting children and adults around
the flight line do an exemplary job! Also, the ground school that was conducted was very effective. Before flying
the first two flights, I took my Y-E candidates around the Citabria to explain things about the Citabria and
questioned them about the control surfaces and was surprised when the first boy knew what all of them were. He
had a little problem pronouncing the word aileron though but, he knew them all! When I asked how he knew so
much about the airplane, he pointed to Ben and his Pietenpol and said, he told us! Isn't that wonderful? I told
the boy that Ben is a real smart man.
The first stop for our candidates is the registration table and our folks made all feel welcome and exuded an
atmosphere of fun right away! Nothing like a good first impression! All of this stuff goes on so that we who are
lucky enough to be able to fly these flights can have all the fun! I know I'm having a very good time doing this and
it seems as though all of us who get to do the flying are. The children I flew were all very well behaved and
interested. They were a pleasure to be around. We Young Eagle pilots all have stories about the youth we fly and
they are fun to hear and tell. Alberto told me about a girl he flew in his C172 who wouldn't let go of the hand
strap near the top of the door post in front and on her right. She flew the whole flight that way! When they landed
and were ready to get out of the plane Alberto told her that if she flies with him again, he'll get a screwdriver and
remove that strap and she can hold it on her lap because it'll be a lot more comfortable that way!
We flew 25 Young Eagles and the kids got good quality 20 min + rides out over the wilds of the St. Johns River.
The wind was brisk out of the Northeast and by noon the ride was a little bumpy, especially on short final
approaching over the trees. No one complained about that and they all had the big Young Eagle smile when the
ride was finished!
Deborah, Donna, and Loretta made some really good cookies and they were served in bldg.10 where the final
paperwork for each flight was completed.
There's a young boy who I've (Larry) flown at the last three events. His name is Quinton Speed, you may have noticed
him with his father Tony. Neat thing is, that Bill Mitchell, (now deceased), took Tony for his first flight in his
C150 Aerobat a long time ago. Bill told me that story about that flight. The thing was, Tony was a big kid and
there's not a lot of room in the side by side C150 and Bill was a little squeezed on that flight. For Tony, that
sparked an enthusiasm for flight and he still loves being around planes and brings young Quinton to all of our Y-E
events and sometimes to our breakfasts. Tony posted this comment on facebook" Q went on a young Eagles flight today at (X-21) Dunn Airpark. The cool thing is, I went on my young Eagles flight from the same airport in 1992.