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Free airplane rides in Truckee June 11 for International Young Eagle Day

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comGustavo A. Chavez, of Truckee, getting ready for his free airplane ride in February. Gustavo is now pursuing his love of aviation as a Cadet Airman of the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee Tahoe Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA 1073) will offer free airplane rides to youths ages 8-17, called and#8220;Young Eagles,and#8221; June 11, weather permitting, at the Truckee Tahoe Airport, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee. This day is designated as International Young Eagle Day by the Experimental Aircraft Association world-wide. The event is part of the EAA Young Eagles program, the largest youth aviation education program ever, bringing children and pilots together.

Each year since 1994, approximately 8,000 young people are flown on or around International Young Eagles Day. The flights are provided by volunteer EAA-member pilots in aircraft ranging from the newest airplanes to vintage biplanes.

A pancake breakfast is offered to the public, 8-10 a.m. Airplanes will be on display.

Registration for the free airplane rides begins at 8 a.m. at the EAA hangar. Take the Truckee Airport Road, off Highway 267; turn right at the end of the street; the EAA Hangar is the last building on the left.

More than 1.6 million children have been introduced to aviation through the Young Eagle Program. Young Eagles have their names added to the largest log book in the world and receive information about airplanes and aviation careers available to them and are also given access to an on-line Airplane Instruction Course. Aviation Scholarships are also available to Young Eagles through the EAA. A special student Membership has been established for $10 a year.

For more information contact Charlie White at EAGLES@EAA1073.org or 530-587-4811 days.

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and#8212; Information from Charlie White and the EAA web site, http://www.eaa.org