"Somebody's got to fly these kids,
it may as well be
About the Young Eagles
The Young Eagles
program was started as
a way to introduce young people to the fun and convenience of personal
aviation. Unfortunately today, most young people don’t get the
opportunity to just hang around airports the way a lot of
kids did a generation ago. As with many things, airports have
consolidated over the last 30 years. There used to be many thousands of
small grass field airstrips around the country with maybe a dozen
airplanes based at each one. It was a very informal atmosphere. Now
there are fewer small airports, but the remaining ones have many more
operations and many more aircraft based at them. Most of the current
small airports are paved and have operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, and 365 days a year. They also have instrument approaches so
airplanes can land when the visibility is very low. And they have
become somewhat formal transportation facilities, similar to the big
airports where the big jets fly; except the small airports are for
So the Young Eagles
program was started in 1992 by the Experimental Aircraft Association.
It was started so kids between the ages of 8 and 17 could have the
opportunity to experience what it's like to fly in a small
personal airplane. Since that time more then 1,000,000 Young
Eagles have received an airplane ride.
The Quakertown Pilots
like to invite all kids, and their parents, to contact the Young Eagles
coordinator to schedule a Young Eagle flight at Quakertown Airport.
Again, this program is for young people between the ages of 8 and 17
and it is completely free of charge. The pilots donate their time and
aircraft. Currently Young Eagle flights are scheduled once every month
at Quakertown Airport.