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About Young Eagles

As a Young Eagle member you will get the opportunity to experience flying for yourself.

You will have the opportunity to actually fly in an aircraft, experience how it works and look down on the world below from inside the safety of an aircraft.

Does this sound exciting to you? Would you like to enjoy this wonderful experience? You can, because this is an invitation to you to take to the skies and become a member of the Flying NZ Young Eagles.

Contact your local Aero Club and they will welcome you into their programme. You will be given a Young Eagles registration form, please make sure that you fill it in correctly and don’t forget to get your parents/guardians to sign the permission form. You must be between the ages of 12 and 17.
Return the form to your Aero Club. They will introduce you to their co-ordinator and to a pilot who has been given special permission to conduct your flight. Your Special Pilot has been chosen because he or she is a very safe and competent pilot.

Have you ever wondered about Flying?

As a member of Flying New Zealand's Young Eagle programme you will not have to wonder any more as you will get the chance to experience flying for yourself. Whether you are interested in aviation for a career, for recreation or you are just curious to find out what it is all about, Young Eagles might just be the starting point for your aviation adventure.

What will my first flight be like?

You will be introduced to your pilot. Your pilot not only has all the right licences and medical certificates, but has been selected by the Aero Club as someone who is experienced with the aircraft type you will be in.

You will be shown how to pre-flight the aircraft and taken through the safety proceedures for being in an operating area and the aircraft itself.

After a thorugh briefing you will get in the aircraft, put on your headset so you can hear all the radio calls and strap in.

Your pilot will talk you through all the pre take off checks then line up on the runway. The engine will rev up and the aircraft will start rolling forward.

As you get faster it will likely get a bit bumpy, then on lift off the bumps stop and the view of the world changes. You will be able to talk to the pilot throughout the flight and see exactly what is going on. After what seems no time at all, you will be lining up to land and touching down.