Youths ages 8 to 17 are once again being offered free flights from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as part of its Young Eagles program.
The free flights, which will take off from the Chehalis-Centralia Airport and last 15 to 20 minutes each, will be offered throughout the month of July.
Last year, just a few pilots provided flights for more than 300 children. This year, EAA has more than 10 pilots ready to provide the experience of flight for area youths.
During the experience, a pilot will first guide each participant through a pre-flight examination of the aircraft. Once the flight begins, youths are encouraged to look out the windows, take pictures and enjoy themselves. Some pilots may allow participants to sit in the front of the plane, take the controls and do straight and level flying and slight turns.
To book a child’s flight, call 360-269-4719 between now and July 15. On the day of the appointment, meet at the airport at 900 NW Airport Road, Chehalis, at the Scott Crossfield Building, located by the American flag. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign paperwork.
In addition to the free flight, participants will also receive a free student membership in the Young Eagles program and additional perks. Learn more about what memberships offer at www.youngeagles.org.