Airplane rides

An area group is offering free airplane rides for young people Saturday in Willow Springs.

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1218 is hosting a flight rally for ages 8-17 at the Willow Springs airport. The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since it was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.5 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the rally,” said Bob Brantley, spokesman 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.”

Registration is from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Flights begin at 9. Each participant much be accompanied by at least one parent to sign the registration form.

Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure 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, Wis. The logbook is also accessible on the Internet at


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