OSHKOSH, WIS. – A Wilmington pilot now has given more than 500 young people a free airplane ride as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association “Young Eagles” program, which is introducing a new generation to the world of flight.
Among the more than 50,000 volunteers around the world who have donated their time and aircraft to the effort is Steve Russell of Wilmington.
All pilots in the Young Eagles program explain the safe operation of airplanes and principles of flight before the short trips. Participating young people become official Young Eagles with the flight.
The names of the pilots and the participants also are included in the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display in the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., and online through the Young Eagles web site.
Young Eagles have access to an online pilot training course, made possible by Sporty’s Pilot Shops, in Batavia, Ohio. For information, visit www.youngeagles.org.
– The Herald-News