Palmetto Sport Aviation (Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 242) participates in the national Young Eagles program which gives young people between the ages of 8 and 17 a FREE introductory experience in general aviation which includes a 20 minute flight with an experienced, local, volunteer pilot. Since 1993, EAA Chapter 242 has flown over 10,000 Young Eagles! We are also striving to provide more and more ground activities to further enrich the visit to the Airport and the Chapter.
Young Eagles flights are offered on the second Saturday of each month. Weather permitting, flying begins at 9:00 a.m. The location for the event is the Chapter's Club House (the “Sport Aviation Center”) at the end of Hangar Building 'F' opposite the main terminal past the parking lot. Look for our “Young Eagles” banner on the fence as you drive in.
For individual children, there is no pre-scheduling per se until the morning of the event. Each child will require a permission form signed by a parent or guardian. For anyone bringing an organized group of more than three children (such as a Scout troop), or if you need to obtain registration forms for signature ahead of time, please send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org to give us some advanced notice and make arrangements.
While not everyone who participates in the Young Eagles Program becomes a pilot, the experience of flight is guaranteed to give each participant a new perspective on their world.