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Children take to the skies in Young Eagles rally

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:50 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – Children 8 to 17 can take to the skies Saturday as Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 241 hosts a Young Eagles Rally at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport.

The Young Eagles Program was created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.4 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

“Many children are curious about flying and would welcome a first-hand experience. Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Rose Ellen May, spokesman for the event.

Pilots demonstrate how airplanes fly and the proper preparations for a safe flight. After a short airplane ride, each Young Eagle receives a logbook to record their experience. Young Eagles also have access to a free EAA student membership, free online pilot training, the opportunity to earn a first flight lesson and access to flight training scholarships and awards.

In addition, each Young Eagle is entered into the World’s Largest Logbook at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis. The Logbook is accessible online at www.youngeagles.org.

Those attending the flight rally on Saturday, June 8 are asked come to the main terminal building at 9 a.m. to register. Registration will close at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.eaa241.org.

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