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ABOUT YOUNG EAGLES Introducing our youth to aviation opportunities

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 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.

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 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.

YOUNG EAGLE GROUP LOCATIONSJoin with like minded people to experience flying

North Island Clubs

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South Island Clubs

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.

YOUNG EAGLES SCHOLARSHIPS Helping our youth achieve their aviation dreams


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 Aspeq, Airways, Avsure / Crombie Lockwood and the Civil Aviation Authority. There are five Ross Macpherson Memorial Scholarships of $3,500 each, available each year to Young Eagles who are between 15 and 17 years old on 1 December and who have logged two hours of flight time. The Ross Macpherson memorial Scholarship is designed to help a Young Eagle achieve their first solo flight and the scholarship funds are available for 1 year. Entries open in September each year and 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

This Scholarship has been made available in honour of Kirk Dakers. Kirk was an enthusiastic instructor at the Nelson Aviation College until he became ill and passed away in 2014. One scholarship of $3,000 is available to Young Eagles who are between 15 and 18 years old and is designed to help a keen Young Eagle on their way to achieving their first solo. No previous flight experience is required. Scholarship applications are limited to one per Aero Club and it is up to an Aero Club to decide which scholarship application from a Young Eagle should be supported. Scholarship funds are available for 1 year after the scholarship is formally presented. The Kirk Dakers Memorial Scholarship winner must attend the Flying NZ National Championships the following March, where the scholarship will be presented.

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2020 Scholarships are now closed.

Flying NZ Waypoints Aviation Young Eagles Scholarship
Waypoints Aviation specialises in providing a range of flight and ground training textbooks and practice exams for those who are completing recreational or professional flight training. Waypoints is committed to providing operationally relevant and need-to-know study support material.

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 available.

The Waypoints Aviation Scholarship is designed to help a Young Eagle of secondary school age who has achieved their first solo flight and is working towards their Private Pilots Licence (PPL). The credit for Waypoints study material will help with completing the required PPL exams.

Scholarship funds are available for 1 year after the scholarship is formally presented at the Flying NZ National Championships in March of each year.



YOUNG EAGLES ENQUIRY FORMIntroducing our youth to aviation opportunities


Young Eagles Nationals Video Competition

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North Shore's Young Eagles

First Solo Videos

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Lucy Cooper First Solo

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