Chapter 1361 held a Young Eagles event on June 17th at the Reno-Stead Airport as part of EAA’s International Young Eagles month. We had great participation from the kids and from several local organizations who made the event a great opportunity for both kids and adults to learn more about aviation.
The Reno Area 99s organizations had STEM science experiments available for hands-on learning and training on conducting a pre-flight inspection of an aircraft.
The Challenger Learning Center brought out their Digital Dome and projected on the ceiling of the dome a video covering the history of powered flight with a glimpse into what we might experience in the future.
The Commemorative Air Force High Sierra Chapter brought out their Boeing N3N biplane for everyone to see and experience. Kids were able to get their picture taken in the cockpit complete with leather flying helmet.
And, of course, each Young Eagle was given a preflight briefing on all of the benefits of being a Young Eagle (Student Membership in EAA and access to a free pilot ground school course through Sporty’s Pilot Shop, among others). Then each Young Eagle was given a free flight in an airplane piloted by one of our pilot volunteers.
There was even a free pancake breakfast available. Several participants were nice enough to leave a donation to help us cover the cost of the food. We really appreciate any help we can get in promoting aviation to kids and young adults.
Here are some of the photos we took during the event. [click on one to open an image viewer and then cycle through the entire gallery]