EAA Chapter 105 Young Eagles Program


Welcome to Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 105 Young Eagles!

The chapter participates in the national EAA Young Eagles program by sponsoring free introductory plane rides for kids 8-17 years of age.  From the EAA website

"The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Since 1992, more than 1.5 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots."

Several times thoughout the year, EAA Chapter 105 hosts a Young Eagle flying day.  The anticipated dates are given in the top right of this web page (subject to change due to weather).  Times are typically between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, but to be sure, contact our Young Eagles corrdinator, Kim, at youngeagles@eaa105.com. 

Young Eagles Flown in 2010 = 211 A new record!

Michelle Smith on the YE Program


It's been five years since Ron Singh started out as the Chapter's Young Eagles Coordinator and I as his volunteer ground crew. Then almost two years ago, Ron ended up as Chapter President and left me to fill his shoes as Coordinator!

It really wasn't that bad because Ron became MY ground crew along with several other very dedicated volunteers. One would wonder that since we have raised our kids, why would we want to spend so much time with kids again? But, what a joy it has been!


This past year was especially good for me. Kim Vermilya, who has been volunteering for the past couple of years, volunteered to fill my position as the 2011 Chapter Young Eagle Coordinator. In doing so, I was able to start training Kim this past summer in the "behind the scenes" part of a Young Eagle flights. With Kim at the keyboard and juggling names on clip boards, I was free to move about and see the kids and their parents interacting with our pilots. I got to see the Young Eagles step out of the plane with that dreamy smile and witness the pilots with that same funny smile!


Each year we get more and more volunteer pilots and today we have an active list of 33 Young Eagle pilots! Thirty-three individuals that I am very proud to have met and participated in the program with! They really are the true essence of what the spirit of Young Eagles is all about. They dedicate their time and pay for their own fuel to take a child flying. Most of the pilots spend the entire day with us and will probably fly 6-7 flights at roughly 30 minutes each. That's dedication.

One thing I discovered in watching all of these pilots is that they are just like the kids that they are flying! They just love to fly and want to share that feeling. It's a perfect match.


This past year, we flew from March to November. We organized a class on weather and its impacts on aviation, taught be Dave Salesky (who is also one of our Young Eagles pilots), provided airport field trips for scouts, and teamed up with an Oregon 99's group to provide follow up flights to young girls after a day of indoor training on flight - all in addition to our annual Open Cockpit day at Pearson Air Museum, two days of flights in conjunction with the B-17 visit in May, and a handful of Saturday breakfast events. Another big contribution the past couple of years has come from some of our glider pilots out at Willamette Valley Soaring Club's strip.


Our Chapter received a 2010 trophy from the Bogardus Trust for the third most Young Eagles flown in the State of Oregon. It was great to receive this recognition even though our focus has always been on the type of flight experience each Young Eagle receives rather than how many we can fly in a day. For the various Young Eagle stats for this year, check out the Young Eagles tab, here, on our website. I received so many letters of thanks from kids and their parents this year that I really felt sad to be stepping down from this position, but I know that the program is in good hands with Kim Vermilya and I know that the pilots are going to be right there with her – ready to fly!

Contact Kim or Michelle for any questions.