August 22, 2003 - Charles D. Pegorsch, 13, Waupaca, Wisconsin, became EAA Pioneer Airport's 1,000th Young Eagle of the summer flying season Saturday when he flew in EAA's RV-6A during the British Wings and Wheels weekend. Charles was one of 32 new EAA Young Eagles flown at the golden age airport.
It was Charles' first-ever ride in a small airplane, piloted by Pioneer volunteer Ken Kellner, Neenah, Wisconsin. Ken and Pioneer's other volunteer pilots reached their goal to fly 1,000 Young Eagles this summer, which is also significant because each flight was done in a two-place, homebuilt airplane. (Other aircraft: a GlaStar and Cubby.)
"This is a tremendous achievement on behalf of all the pilots, ground volunteers, office staff and interns at Pioneer Airport who have worked together for months on the shared goal of '1,000 for the summer,'" EAA Head of Educational Outreach Adam Smith said. "It's only the second time we have accomplished this goal at Pioneer Airport, and we have almost two months of weekend operations left."
EAA Young Eagles Director Steve Buss notes that Young Eagle flights have been a part of Pioneer Airport operations for at least as far back as 1995. "However they have taken on special importance this year," Buss said. "I have noticed increased enthusiasm from the volunteers in trying to reach this mark and do their part in the push for 1 million kids."
Charles D. Pegorsch, the thousandth EAA Young Eagle of the summer at Pioneer Airport, and volunteer pilot Ken Kellner.
Marking 1,000 Young Eagles at Pioneer are, from left Adam Smith, Bill Ammentorp, Fred Stadler, Young Eagle Charles D. Pegorsch, pilot Ken Kellner, Phil Myrkle, Sean Elliott, Janet Davidson, Vance San Fillippo, Jen Delfosse, Doug Conciatu, and Orville Klitzke.