PLEASE NOTE: This event has already occurred.
Editor's Note: As your family makes plans to head out to an event, we encourage you to confirm the details with event organizers - and remember to pack your masks! Some events may still be virtual, as well.
Editor’s Note: Due to popular demand, registration is closed for Free Airplane Rides for Kids.
Free introductory airplane flights for youth ages 8-17 will be offered at the University of Illinois Willard Airport.
Details coming soon for the first Young Eagles event since the start of the pandemic this June. They are still working out details including registration, but they’ll be sharing all that information on their Facebook event page as they identify details. They will have multiple safety measures in place for COVID-19 in addition to their normal aviation-related safety items.
The details in the past have been:
Flights will take place between 9am to 11am, and they will be using an online registration system. You must register your child or children for a flight at 9am or 10am. Be sure you’re on location 15 minutes before your scheduled flight. Walk-ins are unlikely to get a flight unless they have no-shows since they expect all the seats to fill via online registration. If this is not your child’s first Young Eagles flight, be sure to bring their log book from their previous flight and present it when you check-in.
The flights are being offered by volunteer pilots who are members of the Experimental Aircraft Association (www.eaa.org). The EAA is a growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds. The Young Eagles program has dedicated nearly 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane, with over 2 million rides given to-date. It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.
Please check the EAA Chapter 29 Facebook page for last-minute information regarding cancellation due to weather. If there are storms in the area, it will be canceled.