2008 - The Founding of Young Aviators

A 14-year-old young lady who regularly showed up at monthly Young Eagles events approached a couple of EAA Chapter 43 staff and asked if there was anything else that kids with her interest in aviation could participate in. That question led to the loose formation of a bunch of kids with similar interests to gather once a month in the Serani Hangar and just talk aviation.

Every month, an educational topic was selected and two of the Young Aviators would volunteer to prepare and present that topic at the next monthly gathering. Various speakers were invited from time to time to talk with the kids about some aspect of aviation. Amelia Earhart (9News) talked about her preparation for her around the world flight. Dave Aquilera (Channel 4 Meteorologist) talked about weather as it related to flying. Numerous commercial and military pilots came out to share their experiences.

What started as a loose gathering of kids (not really expected to endure) just kept gathering steam. More and more kids showed up regularly and started to bring their friends who also showed a passion for aviation.