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Young Eagle flights to take place Sunday after Truckee air show

Tom Meadows
Special to the Sun

Truckee pilot Kevin Quinn, with three very happy new Young Eagles after their flight at the airport last year.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — North Tahoe and Truckee youths, as well as visitors, ages 8 through 17 will have a chance to take to the skies on July 12 when Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1073 of Truckee hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to introduce young people in aviation by giving them a free airplane ride.

Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.9 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

The Truckee chapter has flown over 3,200 Young Eagles in that time.

Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate making him or her an official Young Eagle.

Their name will then be entered into the "World's Largest Logbook," which is on permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisc. The Logbook is also accessible at youngeagles.org.

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In addition to the certificate, the new Young Eagle will be given his or her own Logbook with an access code for a complete free online Flight Training course offered by Sporty's Pilot Shop, as well as several other programs.

This year, the EAA Chapter sponsored two scholarships for Young Eagles to attend the EAA's Air Academy in Oshkosh.

In 2016, EAA will sponsor three scholarships, and that season's process starts with this year's Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival.

We will register Young Eagles at the Air Show on Saturday, July 11, and fly them on Sunday, July 12. Bring your kids to the air show, and then come fly with us the next day.

Tom Meadows is coordinator for the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1073 of Truckee Young Eagles. Visit eaa1073.org to learn more.

More on the Truckee AirShow

Gates open at 9 a.m. for the third annual Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival and close at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

Visit TruckeeTahoeAirShow.com for information on the free event, to purchase a vendor booth space (nonprofits are free), and to become a sponsor or to purchase VIP Tent Passes.