Start them Young: An Experiment in Gliders to get Kids Flying
By Beth E. Stanton
Originally published in the September issue of EAA Sport Aviation.
The Academy in the organization’s name is no less relevant today because a major focus of the sport and hobby of aero-modeling is life-long learning, whether a member is young or simply young at heart.
Ryan’s story is a perfect example how model aviation generates new full scale pilots. Both Ryan and his dad Sean are active modelers and went on to obtain their pilots licenses.
We are new in Greensboro NC, and searching for a local EAA Chapter for our son.
EAA’s website has a Chapter search that should get you started finding a chapter. You can even search by zip code.
I have 9 Year old twins. One of which is hoping to solo when he is 16. We struggle to get his hours in the air. We are lucky enough to have close friends that have taken him flying in their plane and also have had in the glider twice now. they did a ripcord take-off and emergency procedure landing just three weeks ago. We are invited to their fly-ins and we hope to join the club in the near future. We have visited numerous museums and have seen 3 of the 4 space shuttles and a meet and greet with some astronauts. He is an EAA member, however, there are not many resources to take advantage of locally. He has been encouraged to do well in school and join the services when able for the best access to a flying career, hobby or whatever his path takes him. we are grateful for this talent and hope to cultivate it as much as we can.