17 Kids Take Flight With SMO Young Eagles
This video shows how 17 kids took flight with SMO Young Eagles.
On Saturday, June 21st, 2014, Santa Monica Airport volunteer pilots took 17 kids and 2 parents on an introductory Young Eagles flight. They flew seven flights, some over downtown Los Angeles and others over the ocean and up the coast to Malibu. The yellow plane is a 1950 Ryan Navion B and its pilot is a local artist, illustrator and writer. The other planes are a Cirrus SR-22 flown by a local philanthropist and a Cessna Cardinal RG flown by a retired doctor. All the planes are based at Santa Monica Airport. All of the expenses for operating the planes are donated by the pilots.
Who pays for this?
At this event volunteer pilots donated their fuel, aircraft and their personal time to benefit kids at event. For all that attended this event, it was clear that each of these pilots had a real passion for inspiring kids to learn more about aviation. Each of the pilots took time to explain how the aircraft operated, answered any questions the kids had and let the kids talk on the radio to each other.
What is EAA Young Eagles?
The Santa Monica Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) was formed in 1990 at Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Part of our mission as a non-profit organization is to encourage young Santa Monicans to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by introducing them to flight. We do so by participating in a program established by National EAA called "Young Eagles".
Since 1992, local EAA chapters across the nation and around the world have flown over 1.8 million young people. Over the past 22 years, our chapter has given introductory flights to over 2,500 Santa Monica youth aged 8 to 17 years old. Our Young Eagles have come to us through our contacts with scout groups, science classes, church youth groups and many other Santa Monica community organizations interested in encouraging their young members to pursue careers in science and technology.