Through the Young Eagles program, dreams take flight -- literally.

On Saturday, July 16, 2016, the Young Eagles youth aviation education program will be offered at the Iowa City Airport, giving young people who have an interest in aircraft and aviation an opportunity to take to the skies with a local pilot. The program is available to youth between the ages of 8 and 17. They must be accompanied to the airport by a parent or guardian.

The Young Eagles program will pair youth with pilots who are volunteer members of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 33 for a 15- to 20-minute flight around the Iowa City area. Afterwards, participants will have an opportunity to meet other pilots and airport staff to learn more about aviation, planes, safety, and the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.

Young people interested in participating will be required to register inside the Iowa City Airport Terminal Building, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration will end at 11:30 a.m. Flights will continue until everyone who has registered prior to the deadline has received their ride. No fees will be charged for the flight.

Each participant will receive a certificate naming them an official "Young Eagle," and have their names entered into the "World's Largest Logbook" on display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI and posted online at Since Young Eagles was launched in 1992, nearly two million young people have had the opportunity to fly with the help of EAA’s network of volunteer pilots and ground volunteers.

For more information, visit or, or call Connie White at 319-393-6484 or the Iowa City Airport office at 319-356-5045.

Date of publication

Wednesday, July 06, 2016