Chapter 515

Fort Collins / Loveland, CO

Young Eagles

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

In 2016 the EAA Young Eagles program reached two Million Young Eagles flown. 2017 marks the 25th year of the Young Eagles program.  Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots.  For many, it was the start of their journey to becoming a pilot, aircraft mechanic, air traffic controller, or many other aviation related career possibilities.

EAA Chapter 515 actively supports the Young Eagles program by regularly flying Young Eagles as part of our yearly activities. 

Our next Young Eagles Event will be:

When: To Be Determined. 

Where:  Fort Collins-Loveland Airport Jet Center.

For more information on Young Eagles events in Fort Collins/Loveland area please contact our chapter 515 Young Eagle Coordinator:

Rick Raesz - 817-991-6260

Parents may ride along if the aircraft to be flown is able to carry an extra passenger during the flight; ask about this when talking with Rick.  If Parents wish to ride along they may print out the Adult Passenger Waver, fill it out and bring it with you to the event.  Forms will be provided at the event for those who do not wish to fill them out in advance.

While we are always happy to fly any Young Eagles if you are looking for a chapter closer to home here are some links to other Northern Colorado EAA Chapters that participate in the program.  For more information on Young Eagles events in the Greeley Area please contact: EAA Chapter 117.  In the Denver Metro Area please contact:  EAA Chapter 43 in North Denver or EAA Chapter 301 in South Denver.

Want to see pictures from our Young Eagles events... visit our Photo Gallery.

Attention Young Eagle Pilots and Volunteers: If you have not yet done so, please review the EAA Youth Protection policy on the EAA website.  If you are a Young Eagle Pilot or Coordinator you must complete the training and background check. All Volunteers that are not required are still encouraged to take the training.

So what will your flight be like?

The biggest question on your mind might be about the actual flight. So what should you expect?

First of all, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane; reviewing an aeronautical chart (or map); identifying reference points during the flight; completing a careful "walk around" pre-flight inspection of the airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane.

Once you are ready to go flying, your pilot will help you buckle your seat belt and describe the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel. Pretty soon, it will be time to go flying!

Once in the air, you’ll see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You’ll experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. If you are like most Young Eagles, you’ll remember this experience for the rest of your life.

Most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes. Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask questions about the flight. Ask away! Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane. And don’t forget, you’ll also receive an official Young Eagles logbook, which is signed by your personal pilot.

For more information on the Young Eagles program, visit the Young Eagles on the web.

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Contact Us:

President:  Bill Snodgrass

Email: William@Snodgrass.com

Phone: (303) 641-9800


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