“We get more young people involved in aviation,” Cohenour said. “It's really rewarding.”
Cohenour has given more than 300 young people flights through the program.
Pilots throughout the country have gotten their start in Young Eagles since the 1990s, he said.
After an initial flight, youths may enroll in a ground school and learn to read instruments. Flying can be a motivational tool for working harder in school, he said.
Young Eagles “gives me a reason to fly,” Ames said.
“When I learned to fly, I realized you get a whole different perspective of the earth and your surroundings from the air,” he said. “When you fly, it is such a great feeling. I decided I wanted to give back some of that.”
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On a typical flight, you'll have a kid who is real nervous in the airplane and apprehensive about it. By the time we land, they want to go up again. It's a total transformation.”
Volunteer pilot with the Young Eagles program