By Sienna Kossman
The Learn to Fly Discovery Center has been bustling all week, especially after the launch of the new EAA Eagle Flights program on Tuesday.
Similar to Young Eagles, the Eagle Flights program will give adults a chance to experience a hands-on flight in a GA aircraft with an EAA pilot.
"Now that it has been established exactly what the program is, we have been explaining the program in more detail and getting lots of positive reactions," said Trevor Janz, EAA manager of chapters and Eagle Flights.
People interested in an Eagle Flight can sign up at the Discovery Center, where they'll be given contact information for a local EAA chapter that will match the potential future aviator with a current one.
"We are going to the chapters because the goal is to help chapters bring in new potential aviators," Janz said.
In the event a local chapter contact is not feasible, EAA will be the general resource to make sure an Eagle Flight candidate gets an opportunity to fly.
"We'll make sure keep in touch with them through the chapter network and EAA headquarters, focusing on supporting and mentoring them through the entire process," Janz said.
In addition to the first-flight portion of Eagle Flights, an online ground school program will be available for participants within the next 90 days.
The Eagle Flights website, www.EagleFlights.org, went live on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, interest in the EAA Young Eagles program remains steady, Janz said.
"A lot of curious parents are coming in with their kids, asking questions and becoming informed, which shows that the program is alive and well," Janz said.
The Learn to Fly Discovery Center daily forums have been very well attended, according to Janz.
"By 8 a.m., it's standing room only," he said. "The Pilot Proficiency Program has also been very popular this week."
Informational packets and brochures for both the Young Eagles and Eagle Flights programs, as well as the daily forum schedule, are available at the Learn to Fly Discovery Center, located directly across from the EAA Welcome Center, just west of Phillips 66 Plaza.