A Young Eagles Rally will be held on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m.-noon in the terminal building at Chan Gurney Municipal Airport, Yankton.

Yankton Chapter 1029 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is conducting the event, which gives free airplane rides to kids ages 8-17. Kids are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Food Pantry.

The Young Eagles Program of the EAA has the goal of giving 70,000 kids a free airplane ride in 2019. The EAA achieved their previous goal of flying 1 million kids by Dec. 17, 2003, which was the 100th anniversary of powered flight first accomplished by the Wright Brothers. The EAA surpassed 2 million rides in July 2016.

The Yankton EAA Chapter has flown over 3,700 kids in Young Eagle events at local airports including Yankton, Bloomfield, Gregory, Hartington, and Vermillion over the past 25 years.

A parent or guardian must sign a registration form that will be available at the registration table in the airport terminal. Young Eagles receive a flight certificate, pilot logbook with a code for a free web-based ground school training (ages 13-17), and their name is placed in the world’s largest logbook at www.youngeagles.org.

For more information, contact Coordinator Christen Lacey at 319-480-5656 or christen.lacey@gmail.com.

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