Eagle Hit One Million,
from EAA President : Tom Peberezny
Tom Poberezny makes the announcement of the 1
millionth EAA Young Eagle. Photo by Lee Ann Abrams.
Dear EAA Members;
Today is truly a day to celebrate! As of this
morning, we have successfully completed our initial goal of flying 1 million
Young Eagles. If I had the opportunity, I would congratulate each of you
personally for your role in reaching this historic milestone, but with an army
of more than 85,000 volunteers who have supported the program over the past
decade, this letter will have to express my appreciation.
The 1-million mark was reached because of you.
You and your fellow members wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Young
Eagles, which is to introduce young people to the world of aviation and provide
an inspiring flight experience. You have now done that more than 1 million times
since July 31, 1992. Many in the aviation world thought our goal was impossible.
You proved them wrong. We can be extremely proud of what has been accomplished.
This has been a journey of discovery and we have
learned much along the way. When Young Eagles was launched, it was thought to be
a good idea. Today, as we celebrate this accomplishment, the success of the
program proves it.
Young Eagles represents one of the most
significant achievements in aviation. We have given the gift of flight to more
children and families than any other civilian program in history. The reasons
for our success are many, but your "can-do spirit," your attention to
high standards and dedication to safety are among the most important.
So does that mean that it's over and we stop
flying Young Eagles? No. The program will continue into the future because you
have told us how important it is to remain involved with young people, working
together to build aviation's future. Young Eagles has become a part of the very
fabric of EAA. Our mission is too significant to stop now.
Young Eagles is working. We are promoting aviation.
We are bringing children and flight together in a meaningful way. We are making
a difference in the lives of young people. We have provided motivation for
children to stay in school or pursue lofty goals, such as attending a military
academy. A significant number of former Young Eagles have earned their pilot's
license and have returned to fly their own Young Eagles, completing the journey
started with their initial flight.
The much-anticipated announcement was made at
the EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh. Photo by Trisha Lundquist.
The Young Eagles program will continue to provide
a high-quality, satisfying experience for young people. In addition, your
headquarters staff will strive to provide the tools and support our Young Eagles
desire, as they explore all the world of aviation is able to offer them. Young
Eagles will build aviation's next century.
Thanks for your effort, leadership and