Chapter 414

Lake County, IL


See more smiling Young Eagles on the EAA 414 Young Eagles Facebook page


We'll fly boys and girls, from 8 through 17 years old, who want to experience the thrill of flight! 

Young Eagles 2017

EAA 414 has a tentative schedule ready for 2017. Generally we open booking for a particular rally 3-4 weeks ahead of time once we have firm pilot commitments.  We will continue to add spots as more pilots commit, up to 4 days before the event. So if an event seems full, keep checking back.

Date Location
5/20/2017 Waukegan Airport - Cancelled due to weather
6/24/2017 Waukegan Airport - BOOKING NOW
7/15/2017 Kenosha Airport
8/5/2017 TBA

Children and adolescents 8-17 yrs can join the over 2 million others who have enjoyed free airplane rides courtesy of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Experienced licensed pilots donate their time and aircraft to give kids their introduction to the wonder of flight. Not only will they receive a free flight, but they will also receive an official Young Eagles certificate and their name will be entered in the World's Largest Logbook. An EAA Student Membership along with access to more learning opportunities are also available after receiving a Young Eagles flight - ALL FOR FREE.

To learn more about this inspiring EAA program, you can:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for Young Eagles flights?
No advanced sign-up needed.  All you have to do is show up the day of the Young Eagles Rally event and complete the registration form.

How many passengers are permitted on a flight?
Depends on the size of the plane.  Some are only 2 place therefore the number of passengers would be limited to 1, while many are 4 place allowing 3 passengers.   
Would a parent be permitted to fly along?
Only as an exception on very rare occasions, such as when a Special Needs child requires the accompaniment of his/her care giver.  We have found that most children benefit the most when not accompanied by another adult and the pilot can concentrate on the Young Eagles.

What aircraft will be used?

Our Chapter members own and fly a very wide variety of aircraft.  There is no guarantee that any specific plane will be available at any specific event.  
How can I find out if the flight is cancelled due to weather?

Check this website and our Young Eagles Facebook page. We try to post as soon as possible the status of the event whenever it changes. This would include rescheduling, cancellation, delay and so on.  However, due to the accuracy (or the lack thereof) of weather forecasts, the variation in local weather conditions and conditions specific to Clow Airport, we try not to make these decisions very far in advance.  We try our best to conduct flight operations to avoid the obvious disappointments; however, safety is always our primary concern, followed closely by the comfort and enjoyment of our Young Eagles passengers.
Is it possible to bring a group of 8 – 10?

Yes, properly chaperoned groups are always welcome.  Keep in mind, however, that registration forms must be signed by parent or guardian at the event, or arrangements must be made to have the forms signed ahead of time if the parent or guardian is not going to accompany the child.
For more information and to gain a better understanding of EAA’s Young Eagles program, please click on the following links. You can also reach the National Young Eagles website by clicking on the logo.

H
ow do I register for Young Eagles flights?

To

 

reserve a time slot for your Young Eagle please follow the link to our online reservation system at http://eaa414.checkappointments.com



If we are presently booking for an event, you can reserve a time slot for your Young Eagle by clicking "BOOKING NOW" in the table above, next to the event date, and filling in your information. The online system will send you a confirmation email after you register and also a reminder a day before. As we get more pilot commitments we will continue to add slots, so if you can’t get the slot you need, please check back. Generally we continue to add time slots until a few days before the event.  When you arrive the day of the event, you will need to fill out a registration form (1 per flight, per Young Eagle). The registration form MUST BE SIGNED by a parent or guardian (on the Liability Waiver Page). 
 
What is EAA?

EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is an international aviation membership association founded in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Local chapters are located in all 50 states and many countries. Members are aviation enthusiasts of every age group, including many airline and commercial pilots, engineers, business people and even astronauts. They enjoy all types of airplanes, including "experimental" aircraft, those aircraft built by individual craftsmen, rather than in a factory. “Experimental” refers to the category of aircraft designed by the FAA for these types of airplanes. Similar to standard category aircraft, Experimental aircraft are inspected and certified airworthy by FAA.

Why was the EAA Young Eagles program developed?

The EAA Young Eagles Program was developed in 1992 to welcome young people into the world of aviation. Aviation is exciting and vital to our nation's future and the best way to convey that message is to actually experience flight in a first-hand setting.

What do you hope to gain by taking my child flying?

Each Young Eagle will experience a safe and enjoyable flight that will give them new perspectives on the world and life in general. Young Eagles program participants will understand that an individual's potential is unlimited and for them, the sky is the limit!

Who are the pilots?


EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is an international aviation membership association founded in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Local chapters are located in all 50 states and many countries. Members are aviation enthusiasts of every age group, including many airline and commercial pilots, engineers, business people and even astronauts. 

“Experimental” refers to the category of aircraft designated by the FAA for airplanes built by individual craftsmen, as opposed to commercial aircraft manufacturers. Similar to standard category aircraft, Experimental aircraft are inspected and certified airworthy by FAA. The process for building, registering and flying an Experimental aircraft is quite rigorous and regulated in order to put safety first, including hands-on inspections by the FAA, extensive documentation, and flight testing. That being said, you're actually more likely to find commercially manufactured aircraft at a Young Eagles rally (Cessna, Piper, Diamond, Beechcraft, etc.) but you're liable to see an Experimental or two as well.
 
Why was the EAA Young Eagles program developed?

The EAA Young Eagles Program was developed in 1992 to welcome young people into the world of aviation. Aviation is exciting and vital to our nation's future and the best way to convey that message is to actually experience flight in a first-hand setting.

What do you hope to gain by taking my child flying?

Each Young Eagle will experience a safe and enjoyable flight that will give them new perspectives on the world and life in general. Young Eagles program participants will understand that an individual's potential is unlimited and for them, the sky is the limit!

Who are the pilots?

The pilots participating in the Young Eagles program are local members of EAA Chapter 414 who are volunteering their time and aircraft to make your child’s flight possible. Each pilot is licensed by the FAA and all aircraft are likewise licensed by the government. The flights are conducted according to federal regulations. No aerobatic maneuvers are performed.
 
What will the flight be like?

First, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane, reviewing an aeronautical chart and 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, helping buckle your child's seat belt, and describing the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel.

Once in the air, your child will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. They will experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. The length of the flight will be about 15 and 20 minutes. Back on the ground there will be additional time for questions.
 
How many passengers are permitted on a flight?

Depends on the size of the plane.  Some are only 2-place therefore the number of passengers would be limited to 1, while many are 4-place allowing 3 passengers.
 
Would a parent be permitted to fly along?

Only as an exception on very rare occasions, such as when a Special Needs child requires the accompaniment of his/her care giver.  We have found that most children benefit the most when not accompanied by another adult and the pilot can concentrate on the Young Eagles.
 
What aircraft will be used?

Our Chapter members own and fly a very wide variety of aircraft.  There is no guarantee that any specific plane will be available at any specific event.  
  
How can I find out if the flight is cancelled due to weather?
 
In the event we have to cancel for weather we will let you know by email and, if you choose, via text message. You can also check this website and our Young Eagles Facebook page. We try to post as soon as possible the status of the event whenever it changes. We try our best to conduct flight operations to avoid the obvious disappointments; however, safety is always our primary concern, followed closely by the comfort and enjoyment of our Young Eagles passengers.
 
Is it possible to bring a group of 8 – 10 kids?

Yes, properly chaperoned groups are always welcome.  Keep in mind, however, that registration forms must be signed by parent or guardian at the event, or arrangements must be made to have the forms signed ahead of time if the parent or guardian is not going to accompany the child.
 
My child isn't 8 years old yet but is very well-behaved, can he fly?

Unfortunately our age limits are an EAA rule that we can't break.   
 
How should my child prepare for the event?

Although flying is a lot of fun, it is also completely new to most of our passengers.  There is no comparison between climbing onto a jet at O'Hare and flying general aviation.  Even for kids who are eagerly anticipating the flight, they are being immersed into a whole new experience and being bombarded with tons of information in their hour with us.  Most kids will find this stressful even though they are enjoying it.  As such please accept the following advice from people who do this a lot:
  • Kids should get a good nights sleep.
  • They'll focus better if they don't have a lot of sugary food in their system.
  • They definitely should eat the morning of the flight, but nothing heavy or greasy. 

Contact the Chapter

Daniel Feldman
Tel: 847-691-3618
Email: president@eaa414.org
 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Jun 24 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday, Jul 15 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, Jul 19 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 5 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 

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