Young Eagles

The Young Eagles Program has been developed by the EAA Aviation Foundation to welcome young people into the world of aviation. Aviation is exciting and vital to our nation's future. They will experience a safe and enjoyable flight that will give new perspectives on the world and life in general. Participation in the Young Eagle's Program will help them understand that an individual's potential is unlimited.

EAA's Young Eagles program is designed to give the next generation of aviation enthusiasts the chance to ride the skies. The Young Eagle program has been a tremendous success flying nearly TWO MILLION youngsters worldwide. Youth get quality, one-on-one time with EAA pilots. The hope is that the experience will spark a young person's curiosity to learn more. Each Young Eagle participant receives a certificate and is entered into the "World's Largest Logbook," maintained by the EAA Air Adventure Museum. Contact EAA or a participating Young Eagle Flight Leader to find out how to become a Young Eagle.

EAA Chapter 119 has safely flown over 6500 kids since we started holding Young Eagle Rallies in 1992. The program consists of an explanation of how airplanes fly and a flight of approximately 20 minutes around the Watsonville - Santa Cruz area. After the flight, each child receives a certificate commemorating the experience. Parents / Guardians are required to sign a registration form.

Additionally, Chapter 119 provides a scholarship for a child 14 - 15 to go to Oshkosh Wisconsin every summer to the EAA Air Academy.  See our scholarship letter at:

EAA Young Eagles Home Page

Young Eagles Frequently Asked Questions

EAA Chapter 119 (Watsonville) Pictures

EAA119 Young Eagles on Facebook

Email List (Only the EAA119 Young Eagles coordinator can write to this list, replies go to the coordinator only and email addresses are not visible.  This list will give reminders of upcoming rallies, status of rallies, cancellations, and news relevant to Watsonville Young Eagles.)


For more information, contact:

Tom Hail
Young Eagles Coordinator
EAA Chapter 119, Watsonville

In 2018-2019, the Young Eagles Flight rallies will be held on the first Saturday of every month from September through April.

See our calendar here.

The program is open to kids 8 up to 18. Participants will get a free, 20-minute flight along with a commemorative certificate. Registration also includes a free EAA student membership and access to free ground school software.

The rallies are held at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC), sign-up is between 9:00am and 12:00pm on the day of the rally at the airport on first come basis, we do have pre-registration at Flying is from 10:00am to 2:00pm, weather permitting. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours at the airport during the event.  See us on Facebook for links and info to rallies.

You can also join an email group here, for notification of EAA119 news and information.


Watsonville Aviation Education Center
60 Aviation Way
Watsonville, CA 95076



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