Free Young Eagles® Flights. Launched in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated 31 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. It's the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.
Whether you're a pilot, interested in aviation, or just want to help make a difference, we can use your help.
Auburn airport is home to the EAA Chapter 526 Young Eagles Program. In 2023 the Chapter held 6 flight rallys and flew over 300 children around the local Auburn area.
To build and expand this program we need more pilots, and more ground personnel.
Please volunteer now and join the team.
How to Volunteer
To volunteer, you will need to join the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the local Chapter 526 to participate.
Annual dues to these organizations are very reasonable and an excellent value. To get current prices and complete the registration forms, follow the links below.
Pilot Volunteers: In addition to joining both the EAA and Chapter 526, pilots are required to get an EAA background check and complete the EAA Youth Protection Program. EAA background checks typically take 10 days and Youth Protection training is an online course that can be completed in 20-30 minutes time.
Plane/Pilot Requirements: Volunteer pilots provide their personal aircraft or rental aircraft, headsets, and pay for their own fuel.
- Pilot must be a current EAA member
- EAA members acting as participating pilots must hold an appropriate Airman’s Certificate (Sport Pilot or greater)
- Pilots must possess a current Medical Certificate (if applicable)
- Pilots must be current to carry passengers in the aircraft they plan to use
- Pilots must have a current Flight Review
- Aircraft Passenger Liability Insurance is required for the aircraft used (owned, rented, or borrowed) with a minimum of $100,000 per seat liability insurance. If a rented aircraft is being used, it is essential that the volunteer pilot maintain a renter’s (or non‐owned) insurance policy.
- The Young Eagles Flights registration form must be completed before the flight and remain on the ground during the flight
- The aircraft used for the flight must be in airworthy condition
- Flights must adhere to all applicable Federal Air Rules (FARs)
- Pilot must meet the current Federal Air Rules (FARs) for the pilot certificate held.
Contact Steven Kendall
Young Eagles Coordinator
A typical event ...
Watch this short video to experience a typical Young Eagles event in Auburn. You will enjoy these events as much as the kids do.
We need additional Volunteer pilots but ground personnel are a key ingredient to the success of these events. Ground personnel handle registration, the flight simulator experience, class room training along with safety marshaling planes and people.
Please Volunteer and become part of the team...
Want to see more...
Please take a few minutes to look over photo galleries from our 2023 events. Look at the faces and the fun, as we share the magic and joy of flight with youth in our area.