Young Eagles event at Chan Gurney Airport

A Young Eagles event will be held at the Yankton Airport terminal building on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Yankton Chapter 1029 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is holding the 20th annual event.

The Young Eagles Program of the EAA has the goal of giving 100,000 kids age 8 to 17 a free airplane ride in 2013. The EAA achieved their previous goal of flying 1 million kids by Dec. 17, 2003, which was the 100th anniversary of powered flight first accomplished by the Wright brothers.

The current total is 1.7 million Young Eagles. The YRAA has flown more than 2,500 kids in Young Eagle events at local airports including Yankton, Bloomfield, Gregory, Hartington and Vermillion over the past 20 years.

A parent of guardian must sign a registration form that will be available at the registration desk in the airport terminal. Young Eagles receive a flight certificate, pilot logbook for free Web-based ground school training (ages 13-17 years old), and their name is placed in the world’s largest logbook at

For more information contact Steve Hamilton at (605) 665-8448.

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