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Young Eagles

Over 10,000 Young Eagles flown
Palmetto Sport Aviation (EAA Chapter 242) participates in the national Young Eagles program which provides young people, ages 8-17, a FREE introductory experience in general aviation. This experience includes a 20 minute flight with a local volunteer pilot.  Since 1992 EAA Chapter 242 has flown over 10,000 Young Eagles!  We are also striving to provide more and more ground activities to further enrich the visit to the airport and the chapter.
Video From August 13th Young Eagles Rally!
Thanks to sim2stick

Young Eagles flights occur every second Saturday of each month.  Weather permitting, flying begins at 9:00am. The event starts in the chapter's club house (the “Sport Aviation Center”) at the end of the row of hangers opposite the main terminal past the parking lot.  Look for our “Young Eagles” banner on the fence as you drive in.

For individual children, there is no pre-scheduling per se until the morning of the event, though each child will require a form signed by a parent or guardian. Form is provided by EAA and can be obtained at the main terminal (Eagle Aviation). For anyone bringing an organized group of more than 2-3 kids (scout troop etc.), or if you need to obtain registration forms for signature ahead of time, please contact us to give us some notice and make arrangements. Contact us at



We welcome all Young Eagles, first time fliers have priority and former Young Eagles are also welcome to join us at Young Eagle events to fly after first time fliers. Parents are welcome to join us and take pictures as your kids experince the exciting world of aviation for the first time.

Parents: If you are intrested in flying, ask us about our Eagles program. More information can be found by accessing this EAA 242 Young Eagles .pdf flyer: 

                   Your Flight Experience


Your Young Eagles flight will last approximately 20 minutes and you will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. This is your chance to experience the freedom of flight that many people only dream about.


  • 1. Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. You will, too!


  • 2. On the ground: Your pilot explains what will happen during the flight. You may talk about the airplane, review an aeronautical chart (or map), and complete a   careful “walk-around” preflight inspection of the airplane.


  • 3. Just before takeoff: Your pilot explains the interior of the airplane, including the operation of the aircraft door, safety belts, and instrument panel.


  • 4. In the air: The flight lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. And, if you want, your pilot may let you take the controls!


  • 5. Back on the ground: There’s more time for you to ask questions about the flight. Your pilot is happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane.

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