With a lot of help from our friends EAA Chapter 1361 had a very successful Young Eagles event on June 25th. Eight Young Eagles pilots donated their time and aircraft to allow 74 Young Eagles to get a first look at the world of aviation and all that it has to offer.
We had almost perfect weather for the event with very light winds and sunny skies. As the morning progressed and the temperatures rose the air got a bit bumpy but there were no complaints from any of the Young Eagles.
The day started with a nice pancake breakfast followed by a pre-event briefing by one of the Reno Area 99s volunteers. Then the first set of Young Eagles headed toward the flightline to meet their pilots and learn a bit about the plane that they would be flying in.
The rest of the Young Eagles had plenty to do while they waited for their turn to fly. Other Reno Area 99s volunteers were conducting aviation-related science experiments, including “fizzy rockets” that soared as high as 30′ into the air. The Challenger Digital Dome was set up in the hangar showing a presentation on the history of flight. The Reno Composite CAP Squadron brought one of their new Cessna C-172 aircraft for display that is outfitted with a ‘glass panel’ – flat video screens that display all manner of aircraft system and navigation information. The High Sierra Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force was displaying their Navy N3N biplane and made it available for kids to sit in and take pictures. The Reno Aviation Museum had a Dehavilland Heron cockpit on display that kids could sit in and see how it feels to be in a cockpit. And CareFlite brought one of their emergency airlift helicopters for people to experience.
Here are a small portion of the pictures taken during the event. There are additional albums posted on the EAA Chapter 1361 Facebook page.