|EAA Young Eagles - How to Become a Volunteer
Become an EAA Young Eagles Volunteer
Thank you for your interest in the EAA Young Eagles program. Since 1992, more than 80,000 people have supported flights for young people through their volunteer efforts.
There are many ways to volunteer to support the Young Eagles program. How you volunteer is up to you. Read through the possibilities below and see what might suit your talents. If you have specific questions about volunteering, how to find a local Chapter or just have questions about Young Eagles, please contact the EAA Young Eagles Office.
Young Eagle Pilot | Ground Operations | Registration | Escorts
Ground School Instructors | Certificates | Recruiters | Financial Contributors
Young Eagles Pilot
The most visible volunteers in the Young Eagles program are the pilots. More than 40,000 men and women worldwide have freely given of their time and talents to share the joy and excitement of aviation with more than 1 million young people. Pilots volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some see it as a chance to payback the kindness of those who inspired them to pursue flying. Others enjoy the opportunity to share their interest in aviation with young people. Many simply enjoy flying. No matter what your motivation, we think that after your first Young Eagles flight; you’ll feel like a majority of our pilots and will look for the next opportunity to participate.
The basic pilot requirements are minimal, but important. Please review the Young Eagle pilot requirements before you take a Young Eagle flying:
EAA Young Eagle Pilot Requirements:
Appropriate Airmen's Certificate (Sport Pilot or higher)
Current Medical Certificate (if applicable)
EAA National Membership
90-day currency in aircraft used
Current Flight Review
Aircraft Passenger Liability Insurance for aircraft used (owned, rental or borrowed). As an added EAA member benefit, members are provided an additional $1 million passenger liability policy, if they carry at least $100,000 per seat liability insurance. This coverage is in place automatically, no additional forms are required.
If you meet these requirements, then you are ready to fly Young Eagles!
Young Eagle Registration Forms and Certificates may be ordered directly from the Young Eagles Office. E-mail or call 877-806-8902. Supplies are returned by mail. The Registration Form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian prior to the flight. After the flight, you sign the Young Eagles Certificate and present it to your new Young Eagle. Please return the Registration Form as soon as possible following the flight, so your Young Eagles can receive additional aviation information from EAA and be listed in the World's Largest Logbook.
Read the complete EAA Young Eagle Pilot Guidelines for more details.
Other Young Eagle Volunteer Opportunities
There are many additional volunteer opportunities within the EAA Young Eagles Program. The largest need is for pilots to take children flying, but there are many other ways to support the program. Often, EAA Chapters and members organize group flying events, commonly called a Young Eagle flight Rally. Depending on how these local events are structured, there is always a need for additional support such as:
Ground Operations: assisting with parking and directing aircraft. Top
Registration: helping children and parents complete the registration forms before their flight and assigning them to fly with available pilots. Top
Escorts: escorting children safely to and from the aircraft. Top
Ground School Instructors: many Chapters hold simple ground school sessions before the flights. These are often basic walk-around inspections of a display aircraft to familiarize children with the major components of an airplane. Top
Certificates: Volunteers who complete the Young Eagles certificates for presentation following the flights. Top
Recruiters: help find children who might be interested in a Young Eagles flight. Top
Financial Contributors: There are also opportunities to support the Young Eagles program through direct financial contributions. From individual contributors to major corporations, the Young Eagles program welcomes financial contributions to offset administrative costs. Contributions to the Young Eagles program are tax deductible. EAA membership dues are not used to support the Young Eagles program. Click here to contribute. Top
These are just a few of the many opportunities available in the Young Eagles program. Many Chapters and members have established their own operational guidelines and have specific volunteers needs. No matter if you are a pilot and want to fly or a non-flying EAA member who wants to participate, there's a way for you to join the Young Eagle team!
Find an EAA Chapter near you.