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Discover Flight And Fun At EAA's New www.youngeagles.org Website!

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (March 31, 2005) - The vast, fascinating world of flight is opening to all ages, but especially young people, because of a brand new website, www.youngeagles.org unveiled by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

The new website builds on EAA's highly successful Young Eagles program, which has flown more than 1.1 million young people since its inception in 1992. During that time, EAA Young Eagles has become the world's largest youth aviation education program. The website, developed after a year of research and development, will be a portal to the world of aviation for young people.

"Our members have strongly supported the Young Eagles program since it's inception in 1992," said EAA president Tom Poberezny. "The program's success led many to ask 'What's next?' This website is a major part of what's next to inspire and entertain young people interested in flight."

The www.youngeagles.org website was built to meet the information and interaction needs of young people, including everything from answers to basic questions to information and dialogue about aviation career choices. As the web becomes the primary source of information and activity for an increasing percentage of youth, EAA was ready to supply the information they wanted.

"This was a ground-up project and the result is nothing short of phenomenal," said Adam Smith, EAA vice president of outreach. "We started with a blank screen and let young people tell us what they are looking for. That way, www.youngeagles.org will become their aviation website."

The website is filled with exciting, colorful and interactive sections, including:

  • Information and access to EAA's multitude of youth education programs, from the Young Eagles flight experience and KidVenture areas, to the EAA Air Academy residence camps, AeroScholars online aviation courses and a variety of scholarships and internships;
  • Hundreds of colorful photos of airplanes, grabbed from the millions of award-winning images in EAA's archives;
  • A full aviation career section, including interactive web logs, or "blogs," written by six previous EAA Young Eagles who now work in aviation, with jobs ranging from airline pilot to flight instructor and airline ramp agent;
  • An "Ask The Expert" section that gives young people a chance to ask any aviation-related question to a group of aviators across the world of flight, plus an archive of previous questions and answers;
  • An electronic newsletter and regular online web chats. The first live web chat is scheduled with air show star Patty Wagstaff on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. CDT;
  • An extensive area specifically for Young Eagles volunteers, including pilots and ground volunteers, to help them make their flight experiences for youngsters more rewarding.

The www.youngeagles.org web site plans to be flexible in its improvement and development, responding to the needs and requests of young people and Young Eagles volunteers.

The EAA Education staff and FullHouse Media of Milwaukee, Wis., compiled initial research for the site, which was then created by EAA's experienced web development team. The Emil Buehler Trust provided initial funding for the website. Support for the EAA Young Eagles Flight Experience program is provided by Jaguar Cars.

EAA, The Leader in Recreational Aviation, is an international association with 170,000 members and 1,000 local Chapters. To join EAA or for more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.

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