Youth ages 8 to 17 can take flight at Manitoulin East’s Young Eagles Day

Young Eagles proudly show off their certificates following a flight. Expositor file photo

MANITOULIN—The Manitoulin East Municipal Airport is hosting an EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Young Eagles Day on Saturday, August 6, providing the opportunity for youth ages 8 to 17 to learn about aviation first hand and fly in a plane.

“We will be hosting the Young Eagles Day on August 6 from 9 am to 1 pm,” said Manitoulin East Municipal Airport Manager George Dobbs. “We are expecting four planes and will be offering plane rides for youth, as well as hot dogs and cold drinks.”

The EAA launched the program in 1992 to “give interested young people an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane.”

The Young Eagles program is offered free of charge and made possible through the generosity of airports and EAA member volunteers.

Since 1992, more than 1.6 million youth have enjoyed a flight through the program in more than 90 countries throughout the word, by over 42,000 volunteer pilots.

Participants are given a tour of a plane, a 15-20 minute flight and an official Young Eagles log book signed by their pilot.

Mr. Dobbs encourages any interested youth to preregister by contacting the Northeast Town municipal office (705-368-3500), Township of Assiginack office (705-859-3196) or the airport directly (705-859-3009).