Young Eagles Flight Rally 5/20


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Delaware Municipal Airport

Delaware Municipal Airport

Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on May 20, 2017, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1600 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Delaware Municipal Airport – Jim Moore Field (KDLZ).

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 2 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Bob Leffler, spokesman for the event. “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight. Following the flight, each young person, will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. The Logbook is also accessible on the Internet at <> .

In addition to the Certificate the new Young Eagle will be given a Logbook with an access code for a complete free online Flight Training course offered by Sporty’s (a $199.99 value). After completing the Solo Module, students may be eligible for a Free Flight Lesson. For those students who successfully take this course, the EAA will reimburse students for passing the FAA Private Pilot written examination (a $165 value).

Other activities scheduled for the Flight Rally include static aircraft displays and other aviation related displays.

Along with flight rallies, EAA members also fly Young Eagles on an individual basis. Each pilot volunteers their time and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge for interested young people.

Those attending the flight rally on May 20th are asked come to EAA 1600 Chapter Shelter (first gate east of the terminal drive on Pittsburgh Drive), starting at 9 a.m. to register for their flight. Flights will begin at 9 a.m., with registration closing at noon. EAA Chapter 1600 will also be hosting a Pancake breakfast (Donations Only) from 8:00 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet. Access to EAA’s Home Page is available at <> . The Young Eagles web page is Information about EAA Chapter 1600 can be found at or on

Female Pilot Attempts to Circle the Globe to Inspire Future Leaders in STEM and Aviation Careers

Dreams Soar founder and pilot, Shaesta Waiz, will launch her solo flight around the world on Saturday, May 13. Waiz will depart from Daytona Beach International Airport to begin her 90-day journey to inspire the next generation to pursue STEM and aviation education. Her first stop was in Columbus, Ohio on May 13 to honor her idol Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock.

First certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, Shaesta Waiz, will attempt to fly around the world to promote STEM and aviation education to encourage women to believe in themselves and allow their dreams to soar. The global solo flight will launch May 13, 2017 from Daytona Beach International Airport, in a single-engine A36 Beechcraft Bonanza. The route will make 30 stops over 5 continents in 18 countries in approximately 90 days – more than 25,000 miles flown. The longest leg of the flight is from Hilo, Hawaii to Oakland, California, 2,093 nautical miles over the Pacific Ocean.

Waiz arrives at John Glenn Columbus International Airport on Saturday, May 13, her first stop on her route to pay homage to her inspiration, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, the first woman who flew solo around the world in 1964.

An additional event was scheduled to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals and pilots. On Sunday, May 14, Waiz will participate in a STEM event for school student’s ages 6-18. A replica of Jerrie Mock’s plane was on display along with Nancy Pimm, author of the children’s book – The Jerrie Mock Story, Wendy Hollinger publisher of Jerrie Mock’s account of her flight – Three-Eight Charlie, and Jerrie’s sister, Susan Reid.

On Monday, May 15, a fleet of Bonanza airplanes flew in formation as a send-off to Waiz as she departed from Columbus, Ohio to Montreal, Canada.

About Dreams Soar, Inc.:

Dreams Soar, Inc., is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Shaesta Waiz, a dual-graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, whose mission is to inspire the next generation of STEM and aviation professionals, globally. The global solo flight is the first phase of Dreams Soar’s worldwide effort to empower the next generation to pursue degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and aviation, specifically for young women and minorities. Supported by her Dream Team of collegiate students and young professionals, Waiz aims to be the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe, as well as the first Afghan women to fly solo around the world. Departing from Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB), the global flight intends to raise additional dollars to award scholarships for young women and men worldwide in pursuit of STEM and aviation education. For more information about Dreams Soar, visit

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