Sarasota Childrens Activities – Young Eagles Program
Mom’s and Dad’s, are you looking for something fun to get your kids involved in? Have you ever thought of taking them Flying? In Sarasota, Florida EAA 180 offers a FREE program for kids age’s 8 through 17 years old that introduces them to aviation and actually takes them flying for free! Young Eagles is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9:00am till 12:00pm and offers a free pancake breakfast at 8:00am.
What Exactly Is Young Eagles?
The Young Eagles Program is an exciting journey for children ages 8 through 17, into the world of aviation! Most kids these days have wondered what thier neighborhood looks like from the sky! Or maybe you’re curious how airplanes even work. Well the days of dreaming of flying like a bird in the sky and soaring next to the clouds are soon to become a reality.
Each month, EAA Chapter 180 hosts a Young Eagles Day which is free for any child ages 8-17 to attend. Here you or your child will meet one of our highly trained Pilots. Your Pilot begins the experience by engaging in your first “Pre-Flight Briefing”. Here each new Young Eagle will learn about the airport from which we fly, items of interest and all the information experienced Pilots use every day.
After the Pre-Flight Briefing, the new Young Eagle will assist the Pilot in performing a Pre-Flight Inspection of their assigned aircraft. Our Pilots take the time to introduce the various components of an airplane, what they are for and how they work. Young Eagles are often amazed at the sheer construction and controls of these fine aircraft. As the excitement begins to build and Young Eagle Eyes are wide open with delight, it’s time to get seated, and buckle up for the Air Adventure that dreams were made of!
Our Pilots will take the new Young Eagle for a local flight around the Sarasota / Bradenton area. Here the Young Eagle will see the world from a whole new angle! Your Pilot will explain the different gauges, and controls of the airplane, and if your a lucky Young Eagle, you might even get to take hold of the controls and fly the plane yourself!
What Comes Next?
After each new Young Eagle completes their introductory journey, they will receive an Autographed Photo of them, their pilot, and the aircraft. Then your Pilot will present you with your first Young Eagles Pilot Logbook, with the first flight as an entry into their future of aviation.
Thanks to EAA, the logbook has a code just for you to activate your EAA Student Membership. Student membership is full of exciting opportunities just for you — EAA Sport Aviation Magazine Online, E-newsletters, Members-Only Website, Academy of Model Aeronautics Student Membership, Free Admission to 300+ Science and Technology Museums and more!
Watch this exciting video to learn more about Young Eagles or visit www.youngeagles.org
To register your child for their FREE First Young Eagles Flight, please fill out the Pre-Registration/Reservation Form:
To save time at on the day of the event, you may download the required Parental Consent and Young Eagles Registration Forms here.
The event is held on the 3rd saturday of each month. The event begins with a FREE Pancake Breakfast at 8:00 am and Flying Begins at 9:00am until 1:00pm. Final Registration is at 12:00pm, one hour before the end of the event. The event is located at:
8191 N Tamiami Trl
Sarasota, FL 34243
We really hope to see you there!
Edwin B. ‘Chip’ Miller
EAA Chapter 180 Young Eagle Coordinator