EAA Young Eagle Pilot Guidelines

EAA Young Eagle Pilot Guidelines:

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992. Since then more than 42,000 pilots have been active participants flying nearly 1.9 million young people from more than 90 different countries. Safety is paramount. For most children and their parents, the Young Eagles program may be the first time they have been exposed to a general aviation airplane and pilot. It may also be the first time they have ever been to an airport. With that in mind, take time to act as an ambassador for aviation. Take time to explain what takes place at an airport and the importance of the airport to the community. Encourage them to ask questions and make the experience as enjoyable for them as possible.

As an EAA pilot participating in the Young Eagles program are eligible for an additional $1 million of passenger liability insurance coverage providing the pilot carries a minimum of $100,000 per seat liability insurance. This additional million dollar coverage is automatically in place when flying Young Eagles; there are no additional forms to complete. In addition to these requirements, you must also meet the current Federal Air Rules (FARs) for the pilot certificate you hold.

Pilot Requirements: The following Young Eagle Pilot requirements are basic but must be adhered to:

  • All participating pilots must hold an Appropriate Airmen's Certificate
  • Pilots must possess a current Medical Certificate (if applicable)
  • Pilots must be current members of EAA
  • Pilots must be current to carry passengers in the aircraft they plan to use.
  • Pilots must have a current Flight Review
  • Aircraft Passenger Liability Insurance is required for the aircraft used
  • The Young Eagles registration form must be completed before the flight including
  • The aircraft used for the flight must be in airworthy condition.
  • Flights must adhere to all applicable Federal Air Rules (FARs)

Other Young Eagle volunteers (ground support, for example) are not required to be EAA members, but are encouraged to join EAA.

Guidelines for Conducting a Young Eagles Flight

Before the Flight:

In addition to a memorable flight experience, Young Eagles will also remember their pilot. If appropriate, provide your name and telephone number to the Young Eagle for any questions their parents or guardians may have.

Each Young Eagle should already have a registration brochure. This includes important pre-flight information and the release/registration form. In addition, you will need a Young Eagles Certificate. Contact the Young Eagles Office to obtain certificates and registration forms. Prior to the flight, you must receive a signed registration form from the parent or legal guardian of the participant and you should complete the pilot portion of the registration, including the self-certification section.

Now that the paperwork is ready, it is time for the pre-flight. Discuss what you will do and see on your flight. Stress ramp safety, emphasizing caution around propellers and moving aircraft. Conduct a pre-flight inspection accompanied by your Young Eagle. Help them into their seat. Buckle their seat belt and shoulder harness. Explain the operation of the aircraft door. Describe the interior of the airplane. Allow time to answer any questions they may have before you start your engine.

During the Flight:

The experience you provide your Young Eagle will be cherished for a lifetime. Someday, these Young Eagles may share a flight experience with another generation of aviation enthusiasts.

Maintain a common-sense approach to the flight. You may take more than one young person at a time, but consider the experience from the participant’s perspective. A flight in a commercial airliner, for instance, would not suit the intent of this program. Allow the participant’s parent(s) to observe as circumstances allow, but remember the child is the focus of the event.

Plan your flight to be as pleasant as possible. VFR weather is required. When weighing weather conditions, remember you want the flight to be conducted in the best conditions possible. For example, windy, bumpy days do not make the best first impression.

You may let the Young Eagle follow through on the controls, but you must be in command of the aircraft at all times. No hot loading, aerobatic maneuvers, unusual attitudes or formation flights are permitted in the Young Eagles Program. However, you may want to demonstrate how the airplane is controlled through demonstration of simple climbs, turns and descents. Apply see-and-avoid techniques at all times.

After the Flight:

Congratulate your new Young Eagle! Share the excitement and encourage further questions. Take as much time as possible with your Young Eagle. They have just completed an experience they will long remember.

Reward the young person with a Young Eagles Logbook (fill in the first entry) and explain the Sporty’s Pilot Training Program (details at the end of this document) and another recognition you care to add.

Remind the Young Eagle that their name will be entered in the “World’s Largest Logbook” located in the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh and on the Internet atwww.youngeagles.org. BE SURE YOU SEND IN THE REGISTRATION FORM, so this can be accomplished. Don’t delay! A misplaced or lost Registration Record will mean the Young Eagles will not be officially registered for this program or receive subsequent benefits.

Consider having a camera available for pictures. Share your post-flight rituals –replacing maps, straightening the cockpit and pushing the aircraft into the hangar.

Once the registration form is recorded at the Young Eagles office, the Young Eagle will receive an invitation to visit the Young Eagles web site to see their name in the logbook. You can encourage a Young Eagle’s interest in aviation with an invitation to an EAA Chapter meeting, an introduction to a flight instructor or simply an invitation for another flight.

Finally, take pride in what you have done. The Young Eagles Office will officially record your mission information taken from the registration form. Pilots earn recognition as their mission count grows.