Children take flight in Young Eagles program |

Children take flight in Young Eagles program

Kurt Hildebrand

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Jacks Valley Elementary School 5th-grader Bryanna Marlatt had never been in a small aircraft before, let alone one without a motor.

Bryanna, 11, was one of nearly 60 children who participated in Saturday’s Young Eagles Program at the Minden Tahoe Airport.

She watched as her dad, Derek, described the experience of being in a glider.

“She asked how it gets up there,” he said.

For her part, Bryanna said she was excited to go on the glider.

This was the first year the Young Eagles got an opportunity to fly in a glider.

Glider Pilot Russell Holtz said he had conducted a similar children’s program in Hollister, Calif.

Holtz said the Young Eagles program was an excellent way to recruit new pilots among the next generation.

“Quite a few go on to get their pilot’s license,” he said.

After an orientation about the aircraft, children were assigned a pilot and an aircraft.

Six powered aircraft and one glider took children for 20-minute rides above Carson Valley.

Each child gets a certificate upon completing the flight and a logbook with a picture of them with the aircraft they first flew aboard.

Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 403 in Carson City, organizers hope to interest children in becoming pilots or pursuing careers in aviation.