Have you ever wondered about Flying?
It could be the beginning of a lifetime hobby or career!
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 18.
Return the form to your Aero Club. They will introduce you to their coordinator 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.
Senior Young Eagles can enter for Scholarships and attend events that are run by Flying NZ for its Young Eagle members.
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 licenses 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 procedures for being in an operating area and the aircraft itself. After a thorough 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-takeoff checks then line up on the runway. The engine will rev up and the aircraft will start rolling forward. 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.
Use the links or map to find the Young Eagle group nearest you. The listings were updated in May 2021. As new groups are being established check with Flying NZ if there isn't a club near you.
Ross Macpherson Memorial Scholarship
Ross was enthusiastic about all aspects of aviation and made a substantial grant to Flying NZ, for scholarships, shortly after the Young Eagle programme started in New Zealand. More recently these scholarships have been funded by our generous industry partners Civil Aviation Authority, ASPEQ and AVSURE/Crombie Lockwood.
There are four Ross Macpherson Memorial Scholarships available each year to Young Eagles members who are between 15 and 17 years old on 1 December.
Entries open in October each year.
Each club may enter as many applicants as they wish.
The scholarship winners must attend the Flying NZ National Championships held in March the following year, where the scholarships are formally presented.
Nelson Aviation College
Kirk Samuel Dakers Memorial Scholarship
One scholarship of $3,000 is available to Young Eagles members who are between 15 and 18 years old.
An Aero Club can enter only one applicant, as determined by the Club.
The winner must attend the Flying NZ National Championships the following March, where the scholarship will be formally presented.
This Scholarship has been made available in honour of Kirk Daker who was an an enthusiastic instructor at the college until he became ill and passed away in 2014.
Flying NZ Waypoints Aviation Young Eagles Scholarship
Waypoints Aviation produce pilot training manuals and mock exams which are used by students working toward their pilots licence.
One scholarship of $3,245 and a $350 credit for the purchase of any of the Pilot Books or Mock Exams available on the Waypoints web site is presented each year at the Flying NZ National Championships.
The Scholarship is available to a Young Eagles member each year who has achieved their first solo flight.
The scholarship winner must attend the Flying NZ National Championships to be formally presented with their scholarship.
QUESTIONS FOR FUTURE YOUNG EAGLES
The Royal New Zealand Aero Club Inc was founded in 1930 and was given Royal recognition in 1938. It represents 44 member clubs from Kaitaia to Invercargill. Flying NZ is responsible for promoting sport and recreational flying at the Aero Clubs throughout New Zealand. Flying NZ is the FAI- Federation Aeronautique Internationale Representative. The FAI is the world sport aviation organisation that controls international aviation sporting events and aviation records.
As the Pilot in Command – sorry not yet! But you will get to ride along in the aircraft as a passenger. As a passenger in a light aircraft you will be sitting up front with the pilot, helping with the lookout. You will also be able to monitor the instruments and experience flying as you never have before.
The Young Eagles program will cost upwards of $70.00 $70 is the program entry fee which includes a Polo Shirt, Logbook Card, YE Badge, membership card and lanyard. Your local Aero Club may have additional costs to cover activities and cost-sharing of flights.
Young Eagles is recommended for young people aged between 14-18 however some Aero Clubs will take on younger people.
Yes. Service IQ coordinate the cross crediting of aviation achievements into NCEA credits. More information is available at www.ServiceIQ.org.nz
Service IQ offers the Gateway program in High Schools. The Gateway program may enable you to do some flying lessons which your High School pays for. Gateway can contribute towards NCEA with up to 20 credits at level 2. A further 33 points at level 3 and 16 points at level 4 are available as students progress through the Private Pilot License program.
Sorry - No
Some Young Eagles activities will count towards the various requirements for a license. Most won’t but all learning is good especially in aviation. What you learn will help you with the more formal aviation qualifications.
Some Young Eagles enjoy the program and then for one reason or another move on to other things. This is fine because it means they are making an informed decision about their life and aviation. Some come back later and learn to fly recreationally. Many Air Show pilots hold Private Pilots Licences so recreational flying can be done to a very high standard.
Other Young Eagle graduates have continued on to a career in an aviation related field, be that as a pilot, an engineer, an air traffic controller or in any of the myriad of roles in aviation.
QUESTIONS FOR PARENTS
It is as safe as we can possibly make it. Aero Clubs operate under strict safety rules. The Young Eagle Flight Leaders are all qualified pilots who hold current medical certificates and have been Police Vetted in the preceding five years. These people have also been approved by the clubs Chief Flying Instructor as being competent safe pilots before they are approved to take any Young Eagles flying.
The flights are by the nature of the Young Eagle program managed within tight guidelines that are well within the safety envelope for the pilots and aircraft.
All flights are weather dependent. Just because a flight is booked, and if the weather is not good enough for the flight to be conducted safely and comfortably the flight will not proceed.
Young Eagles provides a structure for young people to learn about aviation. That structure includes meeting other like-minded young people, along with adults and aviation professionals. The exposure to these people will help your child develop social skills as well as learn and experience the range of activities available in the aviation environment.
There are NCEA credits available for achieving certain milestones. Some young people who may not have been enthusiastic academic scholars can find the aviation subjects interesting, and this may form the basis for future learning. Navigation is geography and maths in disguise, Air Law is a study in English and Principals of Flight is really physics in drag. But as the student is interested in the topic these small facts are often overlooked.
Most Young Eagles programs run one event a month. This could be a visit to somewhere of interest, a flight of some kind, or some activity designed to be educational and of interest. Parental involvement is encouraged and welcomed. Some events may involve a flight to an away airfield. Often these are done as a fly/drive event with the Young Eagles flying one way and being driven the other. This reduces the cost and gives more young people a chance to experience flight. Parents are encouraged to be involved.
Absolutely Parental involvement is encouraged and welcomed. There are plenty of useful things you can do to assist. This could include, driving the Young Eagles one way on a fly drive trip. Helping with events such as BBQ’s or attending visits as one of the supervising adults.
Talk to your local Aero Clubs Young Eagles Coordinator who will be able to provide local information.
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