3931 Young Eagles Flown by
EAA Chapter 55


EAA Chapter 55
2017 Young Eagles
Aviation Days

Saturday, June 10th
10:00am to 2:00pm

Saturday, July 8th
10:00am to 2:00pm

Saturday, August 12th
10:00 am to 2:00pm

Pilots and Ground Volunteers Needed!

Contact Young Eagle Coordinators
Margie Clark (517) 853-1418

EAA Chapter 55 Hanger
Mason Jewett Airport (TEW)
Mason, MI


2,016,410 Young Eagles flown on December 12, 2016!

Join the Chapter 55 "Century" Club by flying 100 or more Young Eagles.

"Century" Club Chapter members:

Ernest Lutz
522
Doug Koons
460
Tom Schroeder
316
Lewis "Bob" Clark
252
David James
192
Steve Houghton
159
Bill Purosky
132
Patrick Salow
120
Kirt Curtiss
105

The Complete Young Eagles Pilot Logbook

Yearly Young Eagle Flights
2000 & prior
546
2001
234
2002
291
2003
410
2004
121
2005
85
2006
179
2007
136
2008
207
2009
181
2010
238
2011
196
2012
156
2013
260
2014
334
2015
357
Grand Totals to date
3931

 


Ernie Lutz flies 300th Young Eagle!

Chapter 55 member and Mason resident, Ernie Lutz (left) flew his 300th "Young Eagle" on July 11, 2009. He is pictured here with Tyler Harkness (#300) and his sister Delanie Harkness (#301) of Leslie, Michigan.

Ernie received an embroidered flight jacket from EAA National in honor of his achievement. He is one of several Chapter 55 pilots who have provided over 2,300 area youngsters with their first airplane ride free of charge since the "Young Eagle" program inception.


EAA Chapter 55 Young Eagles in 2003


Ernie Lutz flies 100th Young Eagle!

On August 10th, 2002, Ernie Lutz flew the chapter's 1000th Young Eagle and his personal 100th. Pictured here with Ernie (right) is Amber (1000th) and Michael (999th). The chapter also has three other pilots, Ted Lakin, Mark Jacob and Max Hall, who are members of the Century Club, having flown 100 or more Young Eagles.

Chapter 55 reached it's goal more than a year ahead of schedule, which shows the dedication and hard work all the chapter members have put into making the goal. Many thanks go out to all the Young Eagle coordinators, Max Hall, Mike Arntz, Renee Arntz, Ted Lakin, and the many pilots who have donated flight time valued at over $20,000.

A very special thank you must be given to the ground crew members, without whom the rallies would have melted into chaos. Doug Koons, Gary Long, Bob Noelp for setup, crowd control, and tear-down. Lastly, but arguably most importantly, Greg Hover who has worked quietly behind the scenes to set up the grills, cook the hot dogs, and then clean it all up when we are done eating. Many thanks to all the members who have helped out. The Young Eagles Program is an important community service and community relations tool which will help keep General Aviation alive for many more years.


Ted Lakin flies 200th Young Eagle!


Ted Lakin with his 200th Young Eagle

Ted Lakin, Young Eagle pilot extraordinaire, flew his 200th Young Eagle on June 8th 2002. Ted has been instrumental in helping Chapter 55 meet and surpass its yearly goals for Young Eagle Flights. In May of 2000 Ted organized the largest Young Eagle rally the chapter has ever hosted, flying almost 90 Young Eagles in one day. In addition, he returned the following day to fly the Young Eagles that he had not been able to fly the previous day. To put Ted's flying into perspective, he has single-handedly flown one-fifth of Chapter 55's Young Eagles.


 

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