Barnegat Leader

Prospective Young Aviators Welcome to Attend Oct. 13 Event

Sep 21, 2018

Two free events introducing youngsters to the field of aviation are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Ocean County Airport in Berkeley Township.

The Garden State Angels Chapter of Women in Aviation International will hold a program for girls ages 8 to 16 to introduce them to the possibilities available in a career in aviation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

“We want our local girls to see that there are exciting careers available to them as engineers, astronauts, pilots, dispatchers, air traffic controllers and dozens of other jobs within the aviation community,” said WAI Chapter President Melissa Lekas. “We will introduce the girls to role models and educate them in a fun and supportive atmosphere. We just want to see girls interacting with positive role models and considering aviation as they make their college and career plans.”

Attendees will also be able to earn the new Girl Scout Aviation Girl Fun Patch. To register, call Lekas at 732-754-4891.

Also, young people ages 8 to 17 will have a chance to take to the skies on that day as the Ocean County Experimental Aircraft Association hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

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 two million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Gene Bunt, spokesman for the local 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.”

He said pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes, allowing the young flyers to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

Following the flight, all participants will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their names will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wis. The logbook is also accessible online at In addition to the certificate, new Young Eagles will be given a logbook with an access code for a complete free online Flight Training course offered by Sporty’s.

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