EAA Chapter 478

of Southern Maryland

Young Eagles Program

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Since 1992, more than 1.3 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 41,000 volunteer pilots.

The biggest question on your mind might be about the actual flight. So what should you expect? First of all, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane; reviewing an aeronautical chart (or map); identifying reference points during the flight; completing a careful "walk around" preflight inspection of the airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane. Once you are ready to go flying, your pilot will help you buckle your seat belt and describe the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel. Pretty soon, it will be time to go flying! Once in the air, you will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You will experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. If you are like most Young Eagles, you will remember this experience for the rest of your life. Most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes. Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask questions about the flight. Ask away! Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane. And do not forget, you will also receive an official Young Eagles certificate, which is signed, by your personal pilot and our Chairman Harrison Ford. We look forward to adding your name to the ever-growing list of EAA Young Eagles! 

For more information, visit the Young Eagles website, or
send an email to our chapter's Young Eagles Coordinator, Joe Spelz.


Young Eagles Flights / Rallies

Young Eagles Rally May 31 2014 at St Mary's Airport


 A photo album has been set up with all the photos- see above menu for photo album

The Sixth Annual CRE Open House/Young Eagles Rally, held on June 11th.


Over 70 youths were given their Young Eagles ride at the Chesapeake Ranch Estates Open House held on 9 October 2010.  Click here to see more photos.


Young Eagles Rally at St Mary's County airport on June 12th, 2010.


YE flights for Cub Scout on 19 Mar 2010 at St Mary's County airport (2W6).


Summary of the 2009 Young Eagles report for Chapter 478.


6 Dec 2009 rally at SMC airport (2W6), where 3 pilots flew 11 Young Eagles

 13 Jun 2009 rally at SMC airport.


Jun 2008 rally at SMC airport.







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