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EAA International Young Eagles Day June 11

June 6, 2005 - EAA volunteers around the world will continue an aviation tradition this Saturday, June 11, as they give flights to young aviation enthusiasts on International Young Eagles Day. The annual event brings together kids and pilots as part of the EAA Young Eagles program, which with more than 1.1 million kids flown is the largest youth aviation education program ever created.

Since 1994, about 10,000 young people have been flown annually on International Young Eagles Days, making it the most active flying day for the year-round program. To date there are more than 140 IYED events planned throughout the world.

More than 37,000 EAA-member pilots have volunteered to support the program and provide flights in aircraft ranging from the newest airplanes to vintage biplanes.

Program Chairman, actor Harrison Ford, has personally flown nearly 200 Young Eagles and encourages fellow EAA members to give the gift of flight.

"Young people still have enormous curiosity about flying," Ford said. "I'm an active Young Eagles pilot because I know it makes a tremendous difference to these youngsters, not only because of what they learn during the flight, but the possibilities that are opened to them through our volunteers' efforts."

During International Young Eagles Day, pilots take young people between the ages of 8 and 17-years-old on individual flights or as part of Young Eagles flight rallies. The pilot does a preflight "walk-around" of the aircraft with the child, explaining the parts of the airplane and how they work. After reviewing the preflight safety checklists, the pair takes off for a brief flight to experience the true sensation of flying an airplane.

A new Young Eagle receives a certificate signed by the pilot and Chairman Ford, and has their name entered in to the "World's Largest Logbook" on permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Chapters are encouraged to share their event story and photos for inclusion on the new YE web site. Send submissions to sbuss@eaa.org.

For more information on the Young Eagles program, or to learn about International Young Eagles Day events, visit www.youngeagles.org, contact your local EAA chapter, or call 877/806-8902.

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