Jeppesen gives a Young Eagle wings
In addition to in-kind donations of our products and services, Jeppesen is a proud sponsor of several scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in aviation.
In conjunction with the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 301, Jeppesen provides funds for a flight training scholarship to a young person who has shown a strong commitment to learning to fly and in the aviation profession.
In 2013, Autumn Page, a high school junior who plans to pursue a career in aviation, was awarded the Jeppesen scholarship. She has a very positive and uplifting attitude and manner and her instructor has said she is an excellent pilot and will do well in the future.
Autumn is pictured receiving her scholarship award from Jim Elliot (l) and Don Shipman (r) of EAA Chapter 301. For more information about the Young Eagles program, go to www.youngeagles.org.
EAA Chapter 301, a 501c3 organization, is an active participant in the EAA Young Eagle program. Since 1992, the EAA has provided over 1.6 million young people between the ages of 8 – 17 the opportunity of a flight in a light aircraft and a turn at the controls. Chapter 301 has provided over 4,200 youngsters with flights since starting regular monthly Young Eagle Rallies in 2001. On the average, between 35 and 50 missions are flown during these rallies which are scheduled every month except December. The Chapter also conducts additional rallies for special events. The Chapter schedule is currently fully booked for this year with approximately 500 flights scheduled and they are scheduling events well into 2015. Many of their volunteer pilots have flown over 100 Young Eagle missions.
Participants in the Young Eagle program come from Boy and Girl Scouts, the Civil Air Patrol, Sea Scouts, and numerous youth service organizations such as Shades of Blue and the Betsy Coleman Fly Girls in the Denver metropolitan area. They have a close relationship with the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum and conduct special Young Eagle flight days for the participants of their youth aviation program. The Chapter always reserves adequate flight slots to accommodate any youngster who has heard of the program and would like a flight. In addition to Young Eagles, the Chapter has flown numerous adults in a new Eagle Flight Program, some of whom have experienced their very first aircraft flight.
Chapter 301’s scholarship program draws from those boys and girls who have participated in a Young Eagle flight. It is not a mandatory requirement to be a Young Eagle, but it helps to determine the youngster's commitment to further an interest in aviation.
In addition to providing the scholarship, the Jeppesen Employees’ Flying Association (JEFA) supports the monthly Young Eagle missions by donating aircraft and pilots to provide flights for the youngsters.