Nearly 100 Tahoe-Truckee Young Eagles get free plane rides |

Nearly 100 Tahoe-Truckee Young Eagles get free plane rides

Local pilot Tony Lizarraga with three very happy new Young Eagles.
Courtesy Tiffany Thayer |

The 2016 Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival has come and gone. The day after the air show, Truckee’s Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1073 gave free airplane rides to 96 Young Eagles who registered on air show day.

Nine local pilots donated their time and airplanes, introducing the youngsters to aviation with flights that went over Prosser, Stampede and Boca reservoirs, with each trip lasting about 20 minutes. Following the flights each Young Eagle received a certificate and a logbook with that day’s flight recorded in it.

In addition to the their certificates and logbooks, Young Eagles ages 12 through 17 received scholarship application information for 2017 Air Academy scholarships which Truckee Chapter 1073 will award next year. Three local youths won scholarships this year, and the chapter plans to award three next year.

Our thanks goes out not only to the pilots, but also a 30-plus-person ground crew, and Truckee Tahoe Airport, as well as logistic support from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. of Corona, Calif., which provided us with much needed supplies for the Young Eagles.

EAA started the Young Eagles program in 1992, and volunteer members nationwide have provided flights for over two million youths ages eight through 17 since its inception. Chapter 1073 pilots have flown over 3,500 kids.

If you missed the air show and your youngster didn’t get a flight, please feel welcome to join the fun on the second Saturday of each month at the pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the EAA hangar at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The chapter will have a pilot(s) available. Please contact the Young Eagles Coordinator online at to let him know that your young’n would like a ride.

For more information on the Young Eagles program, visit Like us on Facebook at “Truckee EAA Chapter.”

Tom Meadows is EAA 1073 Young Eagles Coordinator.

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