Chapter 36

Hagerstown, MD KHGR

                   Our Young Eagles Program

In 1991, a survey of long-time EAA members was conducted to help determine the organization’s future priorities. Nearly 92 percent said EAA’s primary objective should be to involve more young people in aviation. The survey also showed that a flight experience inspired respondents toward aviation. On May 13, 1992, following several months of coordination by members of the EAA Board of Directors, EAA management, staff and volunteers, EAA’s Young Eagles Program was unveiled at a Washington, D.C., news conference.

The mission of the EAA Young Eagles Program is to provide a meaningful flight experience – free of charge – in a general aviation aircraft for young people (primarily between the ages of 8 and 17). Flights are provided by EAA members world wide.The initial goal of the program was to fly one million children prior to the 100th anniversary of flight celebration (Dec. 17, 2003). That goal was achieved on November 13, 2003. An on-going annual goal of introducing 100,000 young people to the Young Eagles experience has been established.

EAA Chapter 36 is proud to be a part of this exciting program.
Mark Hissey is our Young Eagles coordinator, and to schedule a Young Eagles Flight, email Mark @


If you would like to be an ambassador for general aviation you should consider the EAA Young Eagles program.  It is an opportunity for you to really put the love of flying into future pilots.  If you are interested contact our Young Eagles coordinator here or call our VP, Micah Oberholzer,

If you are already a Young Eagles Pilot be sure to get your training and background check for the upcoming season.  It only takes a half hour and there is no cost to you, all the info you need is here.

If you want more information about the Young Eagles Program click here.

One of our Young Eagle pilots reached a milestone in July by flying his 500th Young Eagle.  Mark Hissey and his Piper have done a wonderful job promoting general aviation and his efforts are truly appreciated.

While Mark was volunteering at Oshkosh he was awarded a plaque for the achievement by Sean Tucker, the Young Eagles chair and spokesman (Mark is the guy on the right).  In addition to flying Young Eagles he is also the Chapter's Young Eagle coordinator.  Congratulations Mark and thanks for all you have done and continue to do!

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