Twenty-five students from Rylstone Public School will be the first children in Australia to participate in the Young Eagles program, its first flights taking place at Rylstone Aerodrome Airpark on (Sunday, May 7).
(min cost $8)
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Bing (Robert Bingley-Pullin) and Rob Loneragan, who operate from Rylstone Aerodrome, set up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through their relationship with the EAA and the school community of Rylstone.
And said they are as excited as the children about the Young Eagles program.
“In the USA, the Young Eagles program has just notched up the 2 millionth flight,” Bing said.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to our local school and we’re overwhelmed by the response.
“We hope to make the day as inspiring for the children involved in the program as those that come along to witness it.”
Rylstone Aerodrome Airpark have invited the entire school and welcome the local community to attend the event and offers an outstanding opportunity for children to experience the joy of seeing the flights throughout the day and learn more about the aviation industry in general.
Rylstone Public School P&C will also be having a barbecue fundraiser and morning tea during the day.
The fundraiser will also include a raffle to win a scenic joyflight, donated by Rob Loneragan and the Rylstone Airpark.
Founded in The United States in 1992, the EAA Young Eagles program was created to give children, aged between seven and 18 years, exposure to the aviation industry in an effort to spark an interest and/or a career path with aviation.
Through the program children are inspired to think about career opportunities such as pilots, air force, licenced aircraft maintenance engineers, cabin crew, navigation, air traffic control and many others that exist within this industry.
The Young Eagles program is provided on a totally volunteer basis by experienced pilots and aircraft owners and at no cost to Young Eagle pilots who are issued with a Pilot Log Book and Flight Certificate at the conclusion of their flight.
In two weekends time on Saturday, May 20, the Rylstone Airpark will hold its annual Open Day Barbecue Fly-In.
Mr Loneragan said it will be the biggest and best since the commencement of the Airpark three years ago.
The star attraction will include Australia’s Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s sensational Freedom to Fly Aerobatic Display Team.
These amazing aircraft will wow the crowd with their terrific aerobatic routine from 12pm to 1pm.
The event will include exhibiting aircraft such as Gary Spencer-Salt with Australia's first Extraordinary Tucano Rs, Gerard Kitt's Tecnam lineup and Dan Compton's always impressive Wings out West American - Legend Aircraft Company Cubs.
Gates open 10am and admission is free.
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