The Young Eagles scheme is administered by the Royal New Zealand Aero Club. It is a scheme designed to introduce young people to flying, whether as a hobby or as a career. Individual aeroclubs around the country run their own local chapters. Aero club members who are licenced pilots take Young Eagle members for flights and organise training sessions and events for their chapter members. The following information is from the Royal New Zealand Aero Club.
Ever wondered what it’s like to fly?
A Young Eagle member doesn’t have to wonder what flying is like, as they experience flying for themselves! You will get to look down on the world below, an experience not everyone gets, all from inside the safety of an aircraft. Sound exciting to you? Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime. We invite you to take to the skies and become a member of the Royal New Zealand Aero Clubs Young Eagles
How do I become a Young Eagle?
Contact your local Aero Club and they will welcome you into their programme. You will be given a special Young Eagles Registration Form, please make sure that you fill it in correctly and don’t forget to get your parents/guardians to sign the permission form.
Please remember, you must be between the ages of 12-17. Return the form to your Aero Club and you will be introduced to your Co-ordinator and to a pilot who has been given specials permission to conduct your flight Your Special Pilot has been chosen because he/she is a very safe and competent pilot. They know how to look after you, both in the air and on the ground. All Young Eagles receive a complimentary flight when they join.
What will my flight be like?
Your special pilot will arrange for a suitable day and time for you to take your Young Eagles flight, which takes approximately 20 minutes. Before you go flying, your Special Pilot will walk you around the aircraft showing you the different parts and explain what they are, what they do. You will also be shown the safety features and flight controls. Later you will experience the thrill of racing down the runway, becoming airborne and watching the ground slide away beneath you. The higher you go, the smaller everything on the ground becomes. Experience a whole new world, discover and see more the higher you go.
Will it be safe?
It is as safe as it possibly can be. The aircraft you are going to fly in has been maintained by a very highly qualified engineer and it’s his job to ensure that the aircraft is in excellent working order. You will be given a very Special Pilot who has been trained to fly properly and who knows exactly what to do if anything at all should possibly go wrong. It’s your Pilot’s training that has made him/her special and that’s why they have been chosen to take you flying.
Is there any follow-up?
When you have finished your flight, go ahead and ask your pilot lots more questions. They understand how exciting their first flight was and will want to share experiences with you. You will receive a Young Eagle badge and a certificate telling everyone you are now a Young Eagle. Your name and certificate number will be entered at your local Aero Club and sent on to the office of the Royal New Zealand Aero Club. It will also be entered in the biggest logbook in the world at the Experimental Aircraft Association in the USA. If you are aged between 12-17 you maybe eligible to join in the regular Young Eagles group activities at your Aero Club. Just ask.
How much will it cost?
It will cost you very little – just inquire at your Aero Club. The Young Eagles programme is about giving young people the opportunity, at least once, to experience the freedom and pleasure that flying gives. Many pilots freely give Young Eagles further flying experiences, as they want you to enjoy the thrill of flying with them.Each year Young Eagles are given the opportunity to obtain a Ross McPherson Memorial Flying Scholarship to help fund them on the way to a pilots licence.