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Thread: Student has flown before - can be a 1st time Young Eagle?

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    Student has flown before - can be a 1st time Young Eagle?

    Here is a question on the Young Eagles program. I am fully aware that it is intended to get kids their first small airplane flight. But here is my issue. There is a local trade school program for high school aged kids. One of the programs is an aviation program where the kids learn the basics of aviation and get some flight lessons with a local flight school. Unfortunately, just as is the case with most student pilots, most will not follow through to the point of getting their PPL. I see them as the perfect audience to bring into the EAA, and an EAA chapter, for aviation related mentorship and fellowship. If they could be given a Young Eagles flight (even though they have flown already), they could then get the free EAA student membership and the free access to the Sportys Learn To Fly program. I think that would be a huge boost to helping them complete the PPL. Also if we as a chapter give them a chapter student membership as well, I see this as a win all around. Good to have the young blood in the chapter, good for the EAA, and good for GA in general.


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    CarlOrton's Avatar
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    Jul 2011
    DFW Area
    I don't see why not; we've flown YE that have had previous YE flights. As long as they meet the age criterion, they should be good to go. We're pretty flexible when it comes to growing aviation.

    Carl Orton
    Sonex #1170 / Zenith 750 Cruzer

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    Thanks. I just wasn't sure if HQ frowned on it because it wasn't a "first flight" experience.

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    Mayhemxpc's Avatar
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    Apr 2012
    Manassas, Virginia
    The objective is to get as many young people as possible an introductory flight, but there is no prohibition for subsequent flights. The rule is no more than one flight per youth per day. The YE packet includes a small logbook for the child to record EACH YE flight — and could be a first pilot logbook.

    It is important not only to introduce youth to aviation, but to sustain that interest.
    Chris Mayer

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    FlyingRon's Avatar
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    Aug 2011
    NC26 (Catawba, NC)
    Never even discouraged as far as I knew. We had "regulars" who would show up at every rally we had. They were cool to let the first timers get a ride first, especially when they were waiting for a particular plane to fly in.

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    Sep 2011
    In Big Bear, CA, we typically fly 60-70 kids per monthly summer event with many having flown before. Our philosophy is that perhaps one of them will take a serious, future step to become a pilot.
    So we welcome kids flying multiple times.

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