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Welcome to the Official Website of

EAA Chapter 2

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter Two Encourages and Promotes Sport Aviation and
Aeronautical Education in Northeast Indiana.

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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!

EAA Chapter 2 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 youngeagles@eaa2.org 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.

EAA Chapter 2 Rallies at Smith Field Airport
The rallies are held at historic Hangar 2 on the southeast side of the airport.
August 10, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
September 14, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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 04, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
May 11, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
June 15, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
August 24, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Young Eagles Rallies at Kendallville Municipal Airport
The rallies are held at the terminal building.
September 21, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Young Eagles Rallies at Tri-State Steuben Co. Airport
The rallies are held at the terminal building.
June 08, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Young Eagles Rally Pictures

Please visit the EAA Chapter 2 Facebook Page for additional photos from our Young Eagles rallies and other Chapter 2 events. No Facebook account required!

Metal Working Project

The EAA Chapter 2 metal working project is a simple and fun activity for Young Eagle age kids that demonstrates how they can make a useful object out of metal – a cookie cutter. This uses many of the same skills used to build an aluminum aircraft. Please click here to download the metal working project document (PDF).

Volunteer Information

All Young Eagles volunteers (Pilots, Ground Crew, etc.) must read and be familiar with the
EAA Chapter 2 Young Eagle Rally Guidelines prior to serving at a Young Eagles Rally.

Additionally, Young Eagle volunteers must complete EAA's Youth Protection program. This is a free online training course that must be completed before participating as a volunteer at a Young Eagles event.

Pilot Milestones

Pilot's NameYoung Eagles Flown
David Resler3000+
Drew Hoffman700+
Craig Barscht600+
Bob Schmelz600+
Scott Noble600+
David Dewald600+
Tim Ormsby500+
Craig Swanson400+
Craig Brown300+
Archie James200+
Chuck Surack200+
Mike Blombach200+
Mark Beck200+
Kevin Stahl200+
Phil Riter200+
Ted Tahmesian200+
Brad Moore200+
Mike Williams200+
Larry Gering200+
Jack Lindsay100+
Fred Allina100+
Lauren Otis100+
Kurt Beuchel100+
Brad Hartz100+
Tim Fox100+
Dan Boyle100+
Marcus Brewer100+
Matt Krinn100+
Archie James100+
Steve Churchill100+
Steve Horney100+
Sam Heiter100+
Gold 2023
Next Young Eagles Rally: August 10, 2024
Free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Smith Field Airport!
Current Newsletter
June 2024
Be sure to check the Online Bulletin Board for upcoming area fly-ins and events!

Write to us at:
EAA Chapter 2
429 E Dupont Rd. #183
Fort Wayne, IN 46825