Local pilots volunteer to fly 400 children, camp scholarships announced | SierraSun.com

Local pilots volunteer to fly 400 children, camp scholarships announced

Courtesy photoYoung Eagles met with Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger at Lake Tahoe Airport on Aug. 26 for a presentation to local children. He gained fame by successfully landing US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan, New York City, on Jan. 15, 2009. All of the 155 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft survived.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Truckee-Tahoe Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA No. 1073) flew approximately 400 children this year. Volunteers included both pilots and ground personnel who dedicated their time, resources, and aircraft to introduce local children to aviation. In strict accordance with EAA guidelines, no compensation is permitted for these flights, and flights are conducted by volunteers.

Children ages 8-17 who attended with their parents were given the opportunity to go flying with our local pilots.

EAA Chapter 1073 will award three scholarships to individuals who turn in the best essay about “What the Truckee Airport means to the local economy,” 250 words or less. The chapter will award the winning individuals with a scholarship to attend Young Eagles Camp at Oshkosh, Wisc. in the summer of 2013. The award will be made to three different age groups, one for ages 12 or 13, one for ages 14 or 15 and one for 16 through 18. The dates of the camps are June 6-20, June 28 through July 3, and July 23-31. The due date for the turn in of the essays is Feb. 1, 2013. They can be turned in at the Truckee Airport front desk, or mailed to EAA Chapter 1073, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA, Box 8. Interested individuals should visit http://www.eaa1073.org for additional information about the camps and what the children will learn while in attendance.

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