Leonardtown, MD – The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will provide airplane rides for young people (ages 8 to 17) at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport on Saturday, June 16.  Flights will take off between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., are free, safe and flown by FAA licensed and experienced volunteer pilots. Registrations for flights will be taken on a first come, first serve basis, by 9 a.m., at the Captain Walter F. Duke Terminal Building.  Flights are subject to weather conditions and the availability of volunteer pilots. The rain date is Sunday, June 17.

The EAA Aviation Foundation’s Young Eagles program has introduced young people to the world of flight, flying one million Young Eagles as of December 17, 2003, the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight. The volunteer Young Eagles effort has now reached over 2 million youth in 90 countries since its introduction on July 31, 1992.

The EAA is a growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds. The group was founded in 1953 by individuals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who were interested in building their own airplanes.

The Young Eagles Program is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 478 based in St. Mary’s County and is supported by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, the Department of Public Works & Transportation and the Airport Advisory Committee.

For more information about Chapter 478 and the Young Eagles rally, please visit www.478.eaachapter.org.