SURGOINSVILLE — On Saturday, June 16th, “Young Eagles” from Hawkins County and surrounding areas were treated to rides in a General Aviation airplane to introduce them to the joys of aviation
The annual event is sponsored by the National Experimental Aircraft Association and (EAA) Chapter #442 located at the Hawkins Co. Airport in Surgoinsville.
EAA members/pilots Barry Campbell, Jerry Vicars, Larry Murphy, Jeff Hesoun, Jeff Cattrell and Bob Dougherty volunteered their planes, fuel and flying time so that 22 young people between the ages of 8-17 were given a complimentary introduction to the world of flight.
Each Young Eagle was presented with a Certificate, picture with the airplane and pilot, along with a Pilot logbook.
These young people will further have their names entered into the largest logbook in the world.
Volunteers from the chapter provided support for registration, photography, preparing lunch and the usual safety logistics for an event like this.
Each participant was entered into a drawing for prizes provided by the chapter and David Saunders and Robbiedale Bridgeman were this year’s winners.
Members gave a special thanks to Finley Aviation and the Hawkins Co. Airport Commission for use of the facility.
For more information, readers may visit the EAA Young Eagles website, www.youngeagles.org; the local chapter website, www.eaa442.org; or call Barry Campbell, President at 423-754-2846 or Jim Banks, Young Eagles Coordinator, at 423-956-3613.