Young Eagles Day


Youngsters, ages 8-17, will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, May 14, when the Greenville Airport hosts a Young Eagles Day. The event is part of the EAA’s Young Eagles program, created to expose kids and teens to the world of aviation.

Free airplane rides are just part of the experience. The goal is to build one-on-one relationships between pilots and children, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.

The flight rally begins at 8:00 AM and ends at noon. Each youngster [with registration forms signed by a parent or guardian] will receive a free ride in a plane with an experienced pilot and have his/her picture taken with the airplane and pilot. In addition, Young Eagles and their families will receive a tour of the facilities. Mini-aviation seminars are planned to help familiarize the students with aviation.

During loading, pilots will explain more about their airplanes and especially how pilots ensure that safety is always first. After their adventure is over, each Young Eagle will receive a certificate designating them as an official Young Eagle.

Pre-registration for this event may be completed by picking up a form at the Greenville Airport located south of Greenville on Route 127. Pre-registration is recommended since only a limited number of registrations can be taken. For more information, call 618-664-0926 or email

In the event of bad flying weather, a rain date is scheduled for May 15.

The Young Eagles program is a non-profit organization and was created by the US Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). It is designed to give children between the ages of 8 to 17 an opportunity to experience flight in a general aviation airplane while educating them about aviation. This program is offered free of charge with donations and volunteers. Since 1992 more than 1.9 million children in 90 countries have been flown through EAA’s network of volunteer pilots. For many, it was the start of their journey to becoming a pilot, aircraft mechanic, air traffic controller or many other aviation minded career possibilities. To learn more, visit