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An area pilot has now given more than 200 young people a free demonstration airplane ride as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program, which is introducing a new generation to the world of flight.
Among the more than 45,000 pilots around the world who have donated their time and aircraft to the effort is Joseph Sanchez of Jonesville,
All pilots in the Young Eagles program explain the safe operation of airplanes and principles of flight before the short trips. Young Eagles flights are provided by volunteer EAA-member pilots in aircraft ranging from the newest airplanes to vintage biplanes. Such interesting aircraft as gliders, helicopters, and even hot air balloons and blimps have also been used for Young Eagles flights.
The EAA Young Eagles program has flown more than 1.7 million young people free of charge. Recent research shows young people are five times more likely to become pilots than non-Young Eagles. They also comprise more than seven percent of the nation’s pilot population under age 35, as nearly 20,000 pilots are former participants.
Participating young people become official Young Eagles with the flight, with the names of the pilots and the participants are also included in the “World’s Largest Logbook.”