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 5600 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: http://www.eaa119.org/AirAcademySholarship
Young Eagles Frequently Asked Questions
EAA Chapter 119 (Watsonville) Pictures
EAA119 Young Eagles on Facebook
Email List firstname.lastname@example.org (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:
Young Eagles Coordinator
EAA Chapter 119, Watsonville
In 2015, the Young Eagles Flight Rallies will be held on the first Saturday of every month between May and November, with the events being held on the following days:
Saturday, May 2nd
Saturday, June 6th
Saturday, July 4th - CANCELLED
Saturday, August 1st
Saturday, September 5th
Saturday, October 3rd
Saturday, November 7th
Saturday, December 5th
In 2016 the schedule currently is first Saturday of the month, JANUARY through APRIL and will pick up again on the first Saturday of September for the rest of the year.
The program is open to kids 8 to 18. Participants will get a free, 20-minute flight along with a commemorative photo and certificate.
The rallies are held at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC), sign-up is between 10:00am and 12:00pm on the day of the rally at the airport on first come basis, we do not have pre-registration. Flying is from 11:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours at the airport during the event. See us on Facebook below and on Twitter status is provided by searching for #EAA119.
You can also join an email group here, it is notification only so no flood of email discussion.
Watsonville Aviation Education Center
60 Aviation Way
Watsonville, CA 95076