We belong to a very active home school field trip group. During the year they organize at least 2 field trips per month. Even during the summer we still have access to great field trips. One of the summer field trips gave the kids access to EAA Young Eagles Program. When the coordinator of our group contacted them about bringing a group of home schooled youth for plane rides, he asked if our group would be willing to volunteer and help out with a group of disabled youth preparing for their flights. We were excited to give back to this great program.
My understanding is that the pilots donate their time, planes, and all cost involved with flying to give kids a look at what a pilot does and an opportunity to fly. Everyone we met involved in this program was wonderful. The pilots took the time to explain how the controls worked, the kids were able to ask question, and take pictures of their flights.
Allyson rode in a 4 seater plane, but all the other planes were 2 seaters. She had never been in a plane before and was very excited to fly.
She’s all buckled in with her headphones on and ready to fly.
The view from her window as they are heading to the runway.
This is the golf course not too far from our house. She was taking pictures of things she recognized.
She noticed how everything looks like little squares up in the air. Such a different sight from the ground.
I was happy when she landed safe and sound. This field trip was two fold; we were able to help a group of kids experience flying and rewarded with our own flights. I am appreciative of Jan our groups coordinator and the wonderful pilots that give the flights to the kids.