Friday, May 30, 2014

Youth in flight: Orcas Island Airport (KORS), Eastsound, Washington

Every year the Experimental Aircraft Association on Orcas provides young people a chance to take to the skies with an experienced local pilot as part of the Young Eagles Program developed to get young people interested in flying.

The rides will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, and those interested should come to the Port of Orcas Airport Biplane Hangar.

Five local pilots donate their time to take participants up in their personal planes. They may explain to each participant, between the ages of eight and 17 what will happen during the flight, including information about the airplane, maps and charts, a pre-flight inspection and identifying the parts that control the airplane. Most flights last 30 minutes.

After a flight, pilots will present kids with a Young Eagles logbook with a unique code to activate their free EAA student membership, which includes access to the “Sporty's Learn to Fly Course,” admission to 300-plus science and technology museums, Academy of Model Aeronauticss Student Membership and more. 


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