ERAU Supporting Next Element Of "Flight Plan"
EAA Young Eagles can now stay connected to the aviation world
and enjoy a variety of benefits at no cost through the EAA Student
Membership supported by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The EAA Student Membership, available free of charge to all Young
Eagles and valid until the individual's 19th birthday, is the next
element of a "Flight Plan" for EAA Young Eagles interested in
earning a pilot certificate. Young Eagles can register for their
free EAA Student Membership online.
"Thanks to Embry-Riddle's support, future aviators will discover
how valuable an EAA membership is as they turn their dreams into
reality," said Brian O'Lena, EAA youth programs manager. "The EAA
Student Membership supported by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University will provide Young Eagles with the tools and information
to help their aviation pursuits flourish."
The membership includes the online edition of Sport Aviation
magazine, e-newsletter subscriptions covering a variety of aviation
interests, EAA member discounts to AirVenture and SportAir
Workshops, unlimited free admission to the EAA AirVenture Museum,
an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership providing access
to thousands of AMA Flying Clubs and fields around the country as
well as information on how to start flying models, plus much
"Embry-Riddle is gladly lending its support to the EAA Student
Membership for Young Eagles," said Dan Montplaisir, Embry-Riddle
vice president of institutional advancement. "EAA has assembled an
impressive package of benefits for the Young Eagles that will speed
them along in acquiring aviation skills and earning a pilot
certificate. Over the years Embry-Riddle has proudly partnered with
EAA on various programs that make it easier for young people to
explore the world of aviation, whether they're interested in flying
as a pastime or want to go even further, to pursue higher education
in aviation, such as Embry-Riddle offers, and become a professional
Since 1992, EAA members have provided nearly 1.6 million Young
Eagles ages 8-17 with an introductory flight experience in a
general aviation aircraft. During the past 18 months EAA, with
generous support from individuals and the aviation industry, has
begun building a "Flight Plan" to assist Young Eagles interested in
earning a pilot certificate.
"Through the Flight Plan, a young person can take that initial
spark of curiosity from the Young Eagles program and pursue a
direct path toward aviation participation," O'Lena said. "We are
building the next generation of aviation by eliminating barriers
that may stand between a Young Eagle and the cockpit."
Last year, EAA and Sporty's Pilot Shop began a partnership that
gives Young Eagles free access to Sporty's Online Pilot Training
Course upon completion of their first Young Eagles flight. In June
2010, the First Flight Lesson program was added to the Flight Plan.
EAA continues to explore other opportunities for additions to the
Flight Plan so more Young Eagles can pursue aviation.