Fourteen youngsters from Fruitland Park and Wildwood recently took to the sky during an Experimental Aircraft Association (EEA) Young Eagles Program at Leesburg International Airport.
EAA offers this program nationally through its local chapters to young people ages 8 to 17, Ted Luebbers, spokesman for local Chapter 534, said in a press release. The program is designed to acquaint children with general aviation.
“Many times this program will inspire individuals to acquire their own private pilot license or seek careers in aviation,” he said.
For this event, taking part were children of families associated with the Helping Hands Program of the United New Covenant Methodist Church in The Villages. After preflight instructions, many of them actually took the controls of the plane under the supervision of the pilot, Luebbers said
EAA chapter members supplied five, fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft and one helicopter for the event.