September 22, 2018

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Young Eagle Volunteer Information
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 Volunteer:                    Everyone helping at the rally

Ground Crew:              Everyone helping on the ground

Young Eagle Team:    The group of Young Eagles who ground school and fly together.  Usually one to three youth per team.  (or just “Team”)

Team Leader:              The Ground Crew Person who controls the Team

YE                                  Young Eagle - youth between ages 8 and 17 who intend to fly.

Pilot                               The, responsible, skillful, assured and expertly trained person who is in total command of the airplane and passengers.  i.e. Responsible for the safety and well being of every passenger

Date & Times:

Volunteers should be in place before 0745, September 22nd (There is NO weather backup date)  Pilots should have their airplanes preflighted and ready to fly.

We are asking YEs to arrive between 0830 and 1030, but we expect them to start showing up before 0830

We expect each YE to take about 1½ hours between arrival and departure to/from the airport

We hope to have all YEs flown and out the gate by 1200.

We will start the separate General Aviation picnic/party in the Great Planes Aviation Hangar (T- hangar area) shortly after 1200.

YE Station times:

Initial paperwork about 15 minutes

Ground training about 15 minutes

At/in the airplane about 20 minutes

Post-flight paperwork about 10 minutes


We will - again - have a tent set up in front of the CAP and Great Planes Aviation building - just to the east of Signature.  We have ordered a larger (20x30) tent with 2 sides to protect the paperwork from the wind.


Dick Fechter will brief YE Pilots about 0750

Jim Owens will brief Ground Crew about 0750


Ground Crew:

The Youth Protection program would be nice, but not required. Reference

Ground Crew do not need to be an EAA member.

Team Leaders (Ground Crew who lead individual YE Teams)

Ideally, we will have more than twice as many Team Leaders as we have pilots/airplanes

Team Leaders will educate the Young Eagles, keep them busy, and well clear of any running aircraft.

Make sure Mom or Dad have signed the waiver form.

Team Leaders will lead Young Eagle Teams from beginning to end while they are at the airport. They will turn the team over to the pilot, then wait for the team to return and escort the team to get their logbooks. Another team leader will have a second YE Team ready for departure.

It would be nice, but not necessary for the Team Leader to provide the ground briefing on how airplanes fly. Do this by walking the YE Team around a static airplane, showing control surfaces, etc. We should have a several static airplanes for this. Additionally, each Team Leader should explain to the YE Team about opportunities to learn to fly and available aviation scholarships.

Pilots. The Young Eagles pilot requirements are basic, but MUST be followed.

Be a current EAA member and hold an appropriate airman's certificate (sport pilot or greater)

Be current in the Youth Protection Program.

Possess a current medical certificate (if applicable)

Be current to carry passengers in the aircraft you plan to use

Have a current flight review

Complete the Young Eagles registration form before the flight, including parent or legal guardian signature, and pilot signature

Conduct flights in an aircraft that is in airworthy condition

Have aircraft passenger liability insurance for the aircraft used (owned, rented, or borrowed)

Adhere to all applicable Federal Air Rules (FARs)

Insurance Coverage: As an EAA member participating in the Young Eagles program, you are eligible for an additional $1 million of passenger liability insurance coverage, if you carry a minimum of $100,000 per seat liability insurance. This coverage is automatically in place when flying Young Eagles; there are no additional forms to complete. In addition to these requirements, you must also meet the current Federal Air rules (FARs) for the pilot certificate you hold.


Email: "". This goes to Jim Owens and Dick Fechter.

Jim Owens at (507) 271-5775 (voice or text).

Dick Fechter at (507) 272-5099. (voice or text).

Preparation Work


Dave Nelson has secured some free fuel from Signature Flight Support.

We will try to have labels for each pilot so they don't have to fill out applications and log books with their information. But, bring a pen anyway.

I have all the information below for pilots who have already signed up to fly Young Eagles.  However,     if you are a last-minute add-on or have a last-minute change, I would like to have the following information to make the labels and provide me with your contact information.  Labels will probably be printed Wednesday afternoon.

Full name

Email address

Mobile Phone number for talk and text

Youth Protection card date

EAA number

If you are a member of chapter 100 and/or SEMN FC

Type airplane, available seats and tail number of the airplane you intend to fly.

Restrooms will be in the CAP building

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Separate Picnic/Party

There is a General Aviation Party in the afternoon. See poster at bottom of this page.