First Flight Day a Major Success

Saturday’s Young Eagles was an absolute success. Well over 100 people attended the annual event, held at the Reno-Stead Airport, with 51 children taking to the air with experienced pilots.

In addition to the experience of flight, the children and their families participated in various activities and visited with aviation experts. The many highlights of the morning event included:

  • Civil Air Patrol provided a static display for pre-flight and cadets for the pilots
  • Challenger Learning Center held a contest to see who could build and maneuver a Rover the furthest distance
  • Nevada Army National Guard provided a Chinook static display
  • Shades of Blue taught principles of flight by having kids land a plane with its simulator
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation provided their Telemedicine Technology Group’s wireless computer-controlled Human Anatomical Life (HAL) simulator that generates medical patient vital signs and bodily functions for medical equipment development and personnel training.
  • The 99s taught children about flight through their fun fizzy rocket activity
  • Washoe County Sheriff allowed children to tour through the Raven helicopter
  • Reno Flying Services encouraged children to take up flying by showing off its airplane
  • Eight experienced and EAA certified pilots provided the aircraft and flights

A big thanks to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and the Stead Chapter of the EAA for orchestrating a great event.

Below are a few photos from the event.

 Pilots receiving instruction on a plane's many parts.
Young pilots received instruction on a plane's many parts.


 Motivational speech to pilots.
Young pilots received a motivational speech from Eric Henry.


Young pilots geared up to meet the real pilots for the flying experience.


Flight Simulator
Children learned how to land a plane on a flight simulator.


KTVN Interview 
KTVN graciously covered the event.

Click for the video coverage.



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