Take a once-in-a-lifetime ride in the C-47 Southern Cross, a military version of the DC-3. The C-47 Southern Cross was built in 1941 and served as a troop carrier and para troop plane in World War II.

A Huey helicopter that flew in Vietnam also will be offering rides.

Air rides in a single-engine Piper also will be offered by Pilot’s Choice Aviation , a flight school located at the Georgetown Municipal Airport.

Click on the aircraft name for details about rides on that plane or helicopter:

Each of these planes also will be on static display during the AirFest.

EAA Young Eagles Airplane Rides

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 airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is an international aviation membership association that sponsors many aviation education programs including the EAA Young Eagles program. For details, go to www.youngeagles.org.

Young Eagles Flights are held from 8 a.m. through 12:00 noon on November 8. Parents must be present with the youth and fill out a ride form before the flights take place. Due to the weather and aircraft availability, the schedule may be changed. We encourage those who are interested in flying in the Young Eagles Event at the AirFest to pre-register with the Central Texas EAA Chapter 187 at bit.ly/gtuYE2014.

So what will your flight be like?

The biggest question on your mind might be about the actual flight. So what should you expect?

First of all, your pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. This might include talking about the airplane, reviewing an aeronautical chart (or map), identifying reference points during the flight, completing a careful “walk around” preflight inspection of the airplane, and identifying the parts that control the airplane.

Once you are ready to go flying, your pilot will help you buckle your seat belt and describe the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel. Pretty soon, it will be time to go flying!

Once in the air, you’ll see the landscape and sky in a new and exciting way. You’ll experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. If you are like most Young Eagles, you’ll remember this experience for the rest of your life.

Most Young Eagle flights last 15 to 20 minutes. Once back on the ground, there will be additional time for you to ask questions about the flight. Ask away! Your pilot will be happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane. And don’t forget, you’ll also receive an official Young Eagles certificate, which is signed, by your personal pilot and our Chairman Sean D. Tucker.

The EAA looks forward to adding your name to the ever-growing list of EAA Young Eagles!

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