Learn About the Young Eagles (Y/E)

What is the Young Eagles program?

Parents/Guardians: Don't forget to sign the form!

The EAA180 Young Eagles program is a vibrant group that is eager to share with others, especially with youth where the excitement, interest to learn new things and happiness is always high.  Since 1992, over 2 million youths between the ages of 8-17 have participated in the Young Eagles program by all the EAA chapters combined.  Typically, our Chapter flies over 200 youth  each year.  

Young Eagles flights are held near the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport on the third Saturday of each month.


The program is held at Universal Flight Services, 8140 15th St E, Sarasota, FL 35243.  Universal is just north of Rectrix Aviation.  Please park in the designated lot North of Universal Flight Services.

Please note: The 3rd Saturday Young Eagles is cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19

Before taking a flight, each Young Eagle is taught about what makes an airplane fly, the importance of always keeping an eye on the weather and safety procedures within the airplane.  The Young Eagles are taught by the EAA180 volunteer pilot of the airplane about how and why to inspect an aircraft for airworthiness before each flight.  And the pilot always tries to relate to the kids on their age level.

Next the crew loads into the aircraft; watching and listening to how the pilot speaks with the air traffic controllers in the tower to learn which taxiways and runway they should take for their flight.  Each plane takes flight so that the Young Eagles can see what the birds see every day when they fly around.  Then it is back to the airfield for landing and presentation of their newly-earned personal Young Eagle certificate (always exciting!).


If you would like to have your child participate in the Young Eagles program, visit our Calendar & Events page to locate our next session.

NOTE: Each child must register and a parent's / guardian's release form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian before the Young Eagle flight begins.  You can complete these forms on the morning of the events or click on the EAA Young Eagles icon below for the form to complete them in advanceParents/Guardians: Don't forget to sign the bottom of page 2 on the form!

EAA Young Eagles Youth Registration Form

By clicking on the Young Eagles Logo, the registration and the Parental Consent and Release form will open.  Print out the form and complete it.  Parents/Guardians: Make sure to sign and date the bottom of the second page and bring it with you on the Young Eagles flight day.

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By clicking on the calendar, you can see when the next Young Eagles session will be held at the Sarasota / Bradenton International Airport. At 9 a.m. we begin accepting registration forms at our Young Eagles table in the Universal Flight Services lobby.  Plan your breakfast accordingly as our sponsoring facility does not allow any food brought in from outside.

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