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EAA Vintage Aircraft Association - NE Indiana

VAA Chapter 37

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What is Young Eagles?

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation aircraft. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Since 1992, more than 2.1 million Young Eagles have taken flight!

VAA Chapter 37 hosts a number of Young Eagles rallies each year. If you are unable to attend a rally, a Young Eagles flight that fits your schedule can be arranged.

Please contact Young Eagles Coordinator Laramie Resler at 260-402-3478 or if you have any questions regarding the Young Eagles program.

Young Eagles Flight Experience

Each Young Eagles flight covers pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight activities.

  • Pre-flight: The pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the aircraft; reviewing an aeronautical chart; completing a preflight inspection of the aircraft and identifying the parts that control the aircraft. The pilot will then help you buckle your seat belt and will describe the interior of the aircraft, including the instrument panel.
  • In-flight: Once in the air, you'll see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. The flight will last between 15 and 20 minutes and you may even get to take the controls!
  • Post-flight: Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask questions about the flight. Ask away! The pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying.

Each Young Eagle will receive a certificate and a logbook signed by the pilot. In addition, the Young Eagle is eligible for a number of other free benefits such as a student membership to EAA, access to Sporty's Learn To Fly online flight training course and more! See the Young Eagles Flightplan for more information.

Young Eagles Rally Schedule

Due to weather conditions, pilot or ground crew availability, as well as other factors, Young Eagles rally times and dates may be altered or registration may end early. Flights are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended to arrive at the rally as early as possible.

Vintage Chapter 37 Rallies at DeKalb County Airport
The rallies are held at the Vintage Chapter 37 Clubhouse on the west end of the airport.
May 06, 2023
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
June 17, 2023
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
August 26, 2023
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
EAA Chapter 2 Rallies at Smith Field Airport
The rallies are held at historic Hangar 2 on the southeast side of the airport. Visit EAA Chapter 2 online!
May 14, 2023
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
June 10, 2023
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
August 12, 2023
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
September 09, 2023
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Young Eagles Rallies at Kendallville Municipal Airport
The rallies are held at the terminal building.
September 16, 2023
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Pilot Milestones

Pilot's NameYoung Eagles Flown
David Resler2600+
Drew Hoffman700+
Craig Barscht600+
Bob Schmelz600+
Scott Noble600+
David Dewald600+
Tim Ormsby400+
Craig Brown300+
Craig Swanson300+
Chuck Surack200+
Mike Blombach200+
Mark Beck200+
Kevin Stahl200+
Phil Riter200+
Ted Tahmesian200+
Brad Moore200+
Mike Williams200+
Jack Lindsay100+
Fred Allina100+
Lauren Otis100+
Kurt Beuchel100+
Brad Hartz100+
Tim Fox100+
Dan Boyle100+
Marcus Brewer100+
Matt Krinn100+
Archie James100+
Steve Churchill100+
Next Breakfast at the Hangar:
January 28, 2023
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Current Newsletter
November 2022
VAA 37 Flight Training Scholarship
Click the links below for more information.

Scholarship Info
Scholarship Application

Find us at:
EAA Vintage Chapter 37
2616 County Road 60, Box 3
Auburn, IN 46706