R. Kelly said it best with, “I believe I can fly.” Humans have always been fascinated with the ability to travel through the air using wings. The conventional way for us to do that, of course, is on an airplane. However, traveling by airplane tends to be expensive. Our kids may be wide-eyed in wonderment at the opportunity to go up in the sky, but it’s very difficult to provide that experience on the cheap unless you have an opportunity like that of the Young Eagles.
The Young Eagles is a program provided by the Experimental Aircraft Association that allows kids the chance to fly for FREE. For full details, we refer you to our national website, Living on the Cheap, and specifically the post Young Eagles flights let kids fly free. To summarize, however, the Young Eagles offers FREE flights from volunteer pilots for kids aged 8-17. If your child is a Boy Scout or Girl Scout, going on these flights could also lead to fulfilling badge requirements.
Here in Indiana, you can click here to see a full listing of the volunteer pilots for the Young Eagles in the state. The listing will also give phone numbers you can call to discuss a FREE flight on a small plane for your child. There are over 30 pilots in the state, with five from within the city limits of Indianapolis.
If you’re as interested in flight as your children, we encourage you to ask the volunteer about EAA Eagle Flights for adults as well.