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Young Eagles offers rides for youths

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Members and friends of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will participate in the EAA’s Young Eagles program offering airplane rides to young people at the Minden-Tahoe Airport and the Carson City Airport.

The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Civil Air Patrol Squadron building at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, 1144 Airport Road, and at the EAA Club House at the Carson City Airport.

The Young Eagles program was developed by the EAA to introduce young people into the world of aviation. The event is dedicated to the promotion of flying and to the discovery and fulfillment of individual potential through personal flight awareness. Each Young Eagle flight takes place in an FAA- registered aircraft flown by a licensed pilot. The flight is conducted according to federal regulations.

The flights will begin at 9 a.m. and last until approximately 3 p.m., weather permitting. Flights should be scheduled by contacting John and Edie Grub, members of the Carson City EAA chapter. In order to schedule a flight, call them at 885-1945 by Monday, Jan. 29.

All young people, ages 8 to 18, who have not previously flown are invited to participate. Parents and guardians will be required to complete a registration and permission form.

Pilots will be available to answer questions regarding aircraft and aeronautics, as well as to introduce Young Eagles to the challenge and thrill of powered flight. Members of the Civil Air Patrol will be available to discuss the Civil Air Patrol cadet program.

At the conclusion of each flight, the Young Eagles will receive a Flight Certificate signed by the pilot and Chuck Yeager (USAF Gen. Ret. and first pilot to break the sound barrier). Names of Young Eagles will be permanently placed in the “world’s largest logbook” at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisc.

Pilots participating in this flying adventure include but are not limited to members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Civil Air Patrol, Soaring Society of America, the staff of Soar Minden and the staff of Flying Start Aero.

Soar Minden offers glider rides and instruction at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Flying Start Aero offers power flight instruction and scenic rides at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.

Individual pilots are donating their flight time and fuel in order to make this event a success.