Young Eagles rally was a success

We want to pass along that our chapter had a very successful Young Eagle Rally on Saturday, October 12th. Ten pilots flew 69 happy Young Eagles under clear blue skies and calm winds.

We had a great turnout of volunteers to help make the event a success. Our aircraft varied from a classic Globe Swift to Cessnas and Pipers and RVs to two gyroplanes, and the age range of kids was from eight to seventeen. Lots of smiles from the kids and their families who joined them at the airport.

Our chapter’s Young Eagle Coordinator, Cheryl Andrade, was instrumental in both the planning and execution. Darren Coomler was our all-important ramp boss for the day…some of us (me) just called him “Big D” as he commanded the ramp with style and safety. A solid cadre of chapter volunteers served as ramp escorts, manned the administrative tables, kept the kiddie plane monitored, and answered questions from the crowd of families watching their kids and siblings fly. I think it was a great day for all, and our thanks to the many that pitched in.

Below are a few photos from the event (courtesy of Scott and Amy Whelan)…many more are available and we might even have a slide show running Wednesday night in the background….





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Young Eagle Rally on Saturday October 12th

As a reminder, our chapter is holding a Young Eagle Rally on Saturday, October 12th.

We are just about full up with 75 Young Eagles set to fly.

We have twelve planes and pilots who are ready to fly them.

What we need is a few more volunteers from the ranks of our chapter to lend a hand and ensure the success of our Rally.

Our specific needs are for

  1. two volunteers to man the yellow kiddie airplane…it is a good distraction while older brother or sister is on a Young Eagle flight
  2. ramp escorts under the command of our Ramp Boss to escort kids and parents onto the busy ramp
  3. some folks just to answer questions from parents and kids as they wait for flights

It is a fun and friendly time for everybody and we want to encourage the fun part of it. Please, if you are able. plan on meeting at our EAA hangar at 07:30 to help move stuff to the gazebo area for set-up. We will have a briefing for the ramp crew and other volunteers at about 08:15 or so at the gazebo area. We will be flying flights all morning, and into the afternoon, with the last group signed up for the 13:00 hour. We will wrap things up at 14:00 and clean up…all should be done by 15:00 at the latest. Many hands make for light work so please lend a hand.

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Airport Fun Day, next Saturday September 14th

Another reminder about the chapter’s Airport Fun Day set for next Saturday, September 14th, between 11:00 and 14:00. This event is a chapter initiative to bring families out to see our airport and our chapter, so we are providing a display of static aircraft, a hot dog lunch, and a variety of activities that appeal to children and families.

So, come out to your local airport for a day of fun, games, lunch, and if you are between 8-17 yrs. old, find out how you can register for a free airplane ride on October 12th, 2019!

There will be different types of planes to see, with pilots to explain how aircraft fly and special features they have.

Learn all about aviation related career opportunities for your future.

See the very latest in radio controlled model aircraft.

A child-size airplane will be available for the young ones to play on.

The last Fun Day was a tremendous success, so let’s make this one even better.

We still need volunteers for help with parking, the displays, managing the ramp etc. Email us if you can help.

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Saturday, September 14: EAA Chapter 1541 Airport Fun Day.

We held our first Airport Fun Day back in April and it was unexpectedly popular with the local community. Time for another one, then! We’ll have some static aircraft displays, some booths from local aviation schools and organizations, activities for kids from three to thirty, and more stuff too. Better yet, a free hot dog lunch for all attendees. Spread the word. Our Airport Fun Day will be held from 11:00 to 14:00. More information coming in August; we will need a high level of chapter volunteer participation for a successful event. Please plan to set aside a few hours on that date. Don’t say you have not been warned…

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Lunch and a program, Saturday 11th

We’ll be cooking a barbecue lunch from 11:00 to 12:00, then we’ll have a discussion about the Young Eagles event last weekend – what worked well, and what we can do better next time, along with any memorable parts of the event. We’ll also have a slideshow of pictures from the event, so send us links to any pictures you took!

All are welcome to participate!

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Young Eagles Rally was a success

We flew 76 kids on Saturday, and we’ve started a photo gallery here.

We had eleven pilots who donated their time, airplanes, and fuel costs (at $4.90 per gallon for avgas these days) who made numerous flights between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm. We also had a good and dedicated group of volunteers from both our chapter and local community who served as the ground crew to make the event a success. The two gyroplanes that participated were a hit with the Young Eagles, as was the Globe Swift that added a classic touch to the ramp scene. The other eight participating aircraft were also busy all day with flights carrying the “eaglets.”

The Rally was a complete success and everyone had a good time. We exposed several dozen families to the Lincoln Airport for the first time and the experience was a good one for them.

There was a lot of behind-the-scenes planning and work that went into this event, most of which is only noticed because the event came off so well. Nonetheless, it should be mentioned that a Young Eagle Rally is not a spontaneous event and it requires the investment of some significant time and effort by several in the chapter, particularly our chapter’s Young Eagle Coordinator, Cheryl Andrade.

Our chapter’s next Rally is scheduled for October. Young Eagle Rallys are are a cornerstone in the national EAA organization’s initiative to introduce the youth of America to aviation, and the program has provided more than 2.1 million free rides since it began in 1992. Our chapter is eager to add to that number.

Congratulations to all who participated and made yesterday’s event such a success.

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Volunteers for the Young Eagles rally on May 4th

We have the Young Eagles rally coming up on May 4th, and we need more volunteers, both pilots and ground crew:

  • We need people willing to be on site from 07:00 until 15:00 for consistency.
  • We need a set-up crew of 6-8 people at the EAA hangar at 07:00 to move material to the Gazebo area and set up the Young Eagle Rally site.
  • We need ramp escort teams to move Young Eagles and families on and off the ramp from the aircraft.
  • We need a ramp attendants to control access to the ramp.
  • We need attendants at the Kiddie Plane to help kids in and out and answer questions.
  • We need some friendly faces to answer questions and help parents enjoy their time at the airport.
  • We need a break-down crew to move material from the Gazebo area back to the chapter hangar at 14:00.

Volunteer requirements are also listed here.

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