Friday, June 3, 2016

Young Eagle Flight Rally scheduled for June 11: Morehead-Rowan County Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport (KSYM), Morehead, Rowan County, Kentucky

Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, June 11, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1525 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Morehead-Rowan County Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport (KSYM).

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.9 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Jim Fluty, coordinator for the event. “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

Pilots at the event will also explain about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure that safety is the prime concern before every flight.

Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the “World's Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The logbook is also accessible at

In addition to the certificate the new Young Eagle will be given a logbook with an access code for a complete free online flight training course offered by Sporty's Pilot Shop. If the Young Eagle has previously participated, please bring the logbook that was presented when they first started.

Other activities scheduled for the flight rally include close-up look at an airplane as the preflight inspection is explained to the Young Eagle prior to the flight.

Along with flight rallies, EAA members also fly Young Eagles on an individual basis. Each pilot volunteers time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge for interested young people.

Those attending the flight rally on Saturday, June 11, are asked come to the large hangar at the airport between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to register for their flight. Flights will begin at about 10 a.m., with registration closing around 2 p.m. Parking is available at the lots next to the big hangar and behind the big hangar.

Information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet at and

In case of inclement weather, the rally will be held on Sunday, June 12.

The regional airport is located at 180-0 Kissick Road, three miles off KY 801 North.

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