Next time you have some solitude, sit quietly and think back to that early part of your life when you began to wonder what itπd be like to fly.
Experimental Aircraft Association
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) introduced Rod Hightower, its new president and CEO, to the business aviation community at a ceremony at the sport aviation organization's booth (No. 3246) at NBAA.
Hightower was named to the position this July at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., following an extensive search for a successor to long-time organization leader Tom Poberezny.
The next step for the Experimental Aviation Association’s Young Eagles will be to develop a group of integrated programs “that not only spark an interest in aviation among young people but build a practical bridge for each young person to continue toward his own aviation goal,” according to Brian O’Lena, EAA’s youth programs manager.
Pilot, aircraft owner and actor Harrison Ford passed the EAA Young Eagles baton to two now-famous pilots who will serve as co-chairmen of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s program to help introduce youth to aviation.
The EAA’s Young Eagles program, aimed at introducing youngsters to aviation by giving them a flight on a general aviation aircraft, is marking a major milestone at the NBAA Convention: 1.5 million total Young Eagles flights. “Young Eagles is the most successful youth aviation education program in history,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president, emphasizing its importance to the business aviation community.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (Booth No.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) said last week that they will be collaborating on issues and programs that protect, support and foster general aviation.
Angel Flight America and AirLifeLine, said to be the two oldest and largest charitable aviation organizations in the U.S., announced at EAA AirVenture their merger, expected to be effective by the end of last month.
If Paris is the Big Daddy of airshows–high-powered, straight-laced and eminently button-down–then Oshkosh is the Big Mamma, her arms open wide as the Wisconsin prairie, beckoning teeming masses of aviation enthusiasts to their spiritual home in the heartland of America. So what better place could there be than the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture to really kick off the centennial of the first manned, powered flight?
More than 10,000 young people received their introductory airplane rides in the first three months of this year, the strongest three months in the history of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program. Launched in 1992, the program’s goal is to provide airplane rides for one million young people (aged eight to 17 years) before the 100th anniversary of powered flight on Dec. 17, 2003.