EAA Young Eagles Take Flight, 2012 Northeast LSA Expo, and BBQ with WWII speaker!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Are you interested in aviation? If you answered yes to both questions then you need to make your way down to Lawrence Municipal Airport this Sunday August 19th for an all day aviation experience. The schedule of events is as follows. From 9am to 1pm, the EAA Young Eagles will take flight at Lawrence Municipal Airport in North Andover, MA. From 9am – 4pm the 2012 Northeast LSA Expo(Light Sport Aircraft) will also be at Lawrence Municipal Airport. Finally, at 5pm an all you can eat BBQ with a special presentation by a WWII B-17 waist gunner.

You may be wondering what the EAA Young Eagles are. The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested youth who are ages 8-17 to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge by generous EAA member volunteers.

This event is being put on by EAA Chapter 106 and welcomes all youth interested to this event. Registration begins at 9am and ends at noon. Flights will continue until 1-2pm, this allows all registered youth a chance for a flight experience. My son Eric went to the last EAA Young Eagles event in June. He had an amazing time with his pilot and his aircraft a Van’s RV-8 painted up to look like a Tuskeegee Red Tails P-51 from WWII. Eric is very interested in aviation, he went to his first airshow when he was only 8 months old. He’s been to countless airshows since and we will sit at the New Hampshire Aviation Museum to watch planes take off and land.

Once you have registered you will be assigned a pilot.


You are a guest of that pilot in his aircraft. The pilot will walk you around the plane and do a “pre-flight” check with you.


He will tell you different facts about his aircraft and inform you what different things do on a plane.

Read More for information and photos of this great adventure!  Find out how you can go on a flight!


You’ll climb in and get buckled into the aircraft.

You’ll be shown the various instruments in the cockpit and what they are for. Finally you will take off and feel what it’s like to fly in a general aviation aircraft.


Most flights last 15-20 minutes. The smiles are huge when the flight is over and Eric didn’t stop talking about it for weeks.


When you land you’ll be given a Young Eagles Certificate and a Young Eagles log book.


Inside the log book you will find a code to active your EAA student membership. Student membership is full of exciting opportunities just for you — EAA Sport Aviation Magazine Online, E-newsletters, Members-Only Website, Academy of Model Aeronautics Student Membership, Free Admission to 300+ Science and Technology Museums and more!

You’ll also get Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course, a $215.00 value, FREE! This online course is designed to take you all the way through the process of passing the FAA written exams (required tests to earn your private pilot certificate) and more. It’s a great way to begin an aviation education. When you complete Part 1 (Recreational Pilot Course) of the Sporty’s program, you qualify for a free flight lesson voucher at a flight school of your choice. You must be between the ages of 13-19 to qualify for the free flight lesson.

If you are interested in flying young or old you can also attend the 2012 Northeast LSA Expo with 4 seminars running throughout the day. You can get up close and personal with a dozen aircraft. You can also participate in a seminar to learn about what a sport pilot license is and how it differs from a private pilot license. Other seminars include an update on the Terrafugia Transition® Flying Car which is being developed in Woburn, MA and build your own LSA the Van’s RV-12. The full schedule of seminars can be found by clicking this link

Finally you can join in for an all you can eat BBQ and presentation by WWII B-17 waist gunner S/SGT John Katsaros (USAAF Retired). He will be speaking about surviving being shot down in his B-17 in 1944 over France. His detailed accounts unfold a true story of grit, grace, and pure luck. You can get more information on John’s website and you can purchase his book “Code Burgundy – The Long Escape”. The BBQ starts around 5pm and the cost is $17 for Non-EAA106 members and $12 for EAA106 members. The feast includes BBQ Memphis pork ribs, BBQ chopped beef, rotisserie chicken, fresh locally grown corn-on-the-cob, cucumber salad, potato salad, cornbread, salad, chocolate cake, and beverages. You can make reservations at this link.

Directions to the event from Londonderry can be found by clicking here

More about the EAA

EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is an international aviation membership association founded in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. EAA sponsors many aviation education programs including the EAA Young Eagles program.

More than 160,000 people currently belong to EAA, with local Chapters located in all 50 states and many countries. Members are aviation enthusiasts of every age group, including many airline and commercial pilots, engineers, business people and even astronauts.

Our members enjoy all types of airplanes, including “experimental” aircraft, those aircraft built by individual craftsmen, rather than in a factory. “Experimental” refers to the category of aircraft designed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for these types of airplanes. Similar to standard category aircraft, Experimental aircraft are inspected and certified airworthy by FAA.

EAA’s corporate offices and extensive AirVenture Museum are located in Oshkosh. EAA is a 501(c)(3) organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. EAA hosts one of the world’s largest general aviation events, the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In. The event draws more than 700,000 people and 10,000 aircraft to Oshkosh each summer. www.eaa.org; www.airventure.org.

For more about EAA Chapter 106 click here

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