Free airplane rides offered by EAA


Last updated 8/28/2007 at Noon

Landing at Fallbrook Airpark

FALLBROOK — Area young people will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, October 6, as Friends of the Fallbrook Community Airpark and Chapter 1279 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), French Valley Airport, hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Fallbrook Airpark, 2155 South Mission Road. Fourteen aircraft and pilots are expected to participate, along with 45 boys and girls.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation by providing free rides in a small airplane and the opportunity to experience the thrill of flight. Since the program’s launch in 1992, volunteer pilots have flown more than 1.2 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

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, WI.

The logbook is also accessible on the Internet at, along with general information regarding the EAA Young Eagles Program. Additional information regarding the local program, along with photographs from past events, is available at and

A Young Eagle and Major Sam Middleton show their enthusiasm for aviation.

Flights are offered to young people between the ages of 8 and 17. To reserve a flight, send contact information – name, age and address of participant – to Debbie Zumwalt at [email protected] or call Don Evans at (760) 723-3573. Pre-registration is required and all spaces will be allocated on a “first to contact” basis.

Spectators are more than welcome to attend the rally and enjoy the morning. First flight is planned for 9 a.m. with the last flight around 12:15 p.m. Another rally is being planned for January.


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