Sixty-eight kids received free Young Eagles flights at the Chan Gurney Airport on Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to p.m.
This rally was the fifth annual event for 6th grade students who earned Reading Certificates from either the Yankton Public Schools or from Sacred Heart School – courtesy of Jacalyn Hovden and Krysia Kjerstad, respectively.
The event was conducted by Yankton EAA Chapter 1029 and the Yankton Regional Aviation Association. There were 67 students from Yankton and one student from Mission Hill.
Ground volunteers included Butch Becker, Judy Eisenmenger, Pam & Steve Hamilton, Marilyn Huntley, Kjerstad, Ed Lammers, Lou Ella Machin, Gary Palmer, Dick Rayburn and Devin Wagner.
Jim Eisenmenger flew four students in his RV-4. Denny Martens flew 5 students in his Cessna 172. Rolly Goeden flew 6 students in his Cessna 172. Roger Huntley flew 11 students in his Cessna 172. Steve Hamilton flew 13 students in his Cessna 172. John Lillevold flew 14 students in his Cessna 172. Skip VanDerhule flew 15 students in his Mooney. The pilots donated aircraft use and fuel to provide the flights.
Each student received a Young Eagles certificate, logbook and special handout with information about the Young Eagles Program, Aviation Careers, Learning to Fly, aviation organizations like the Experimental Aircraft Association, Yankton EAA Chapter 1029, YRAA, South Dakota Pilots Association, SD Aerospace Career & Education Camp held at Brookings and a list of web sites for learning about General Aviation.