Templeton pilot helps young people discover flight

Angelia Hepburn and daughter Cici, pictured, from Paso Robles pose for a photo. They first flew in September of 2017 on a Young Eagle flight. (Photo courtesy of Bill Siegel)

TEMPLETON An area pilot has now given more than 100 young people a free demonstration airplane ride as part of the EAA “Young Eagles” program, which is introducing a new generation to the world of flight.

Among the more than 50,000 volunteers around the world who have donated their time and aircraft to the effort is Bill Siegel of Templeton.

All pilots in the Young Eagles program explain the safe operation of airplanes and principles of flight before the short trips. Participating young people become official Young Eagles with the flight. The names of the pilots and the participants are also included in the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display in the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisc., and online through the Young Eagles website. Young Eagles also have access to an online pilot training course, made possible by Sporty’s Pilot Shops, located in Batavia, Ohio.

The Young Eagles Program was unveiled by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in July 1992 and has now flown more than 2 million young people, primarily between the ages of 8 and 17. For more information, visit www.youngeagles.org.

The next open Young Eagle event will be Saturday, May 18, at the Paso Robles Airport Terminal anytime from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents can receive the forms ahead of time for child pre-registration from Young Eagle coordinator Siegel — call 305-962-4027 or email [email protected] Or just show up sign up and fly (about a 20-minute flight).

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