International Young Eagles Day

June 9th 2001

Report by Betty-Lee Ward

What is so rare as a day in June? We had picture perfect weather with blue skies, white clouds and a wonderful group of participants. Many "future" Young Eangles and 13 Young Eagles, along with a few of their family and friends, were flown by some of the great pilots from EAA Chapter 196.

Young Eangles included: Lauren Alessandro, Adam Barbati, Samuel Corner, Ashley Daigle, Stephen Drubin, Michael Mullinax, Phil Nawrocki, Roger Nawrocki, Bobby Saraiva, Adam Schad, Brendan Smith, Travis Whited and Nathan Ziegler. They were from Acton, Carlisle, Clinton, Groton, Littleton and Natick.

Nels Anderson, Jim Ellis, Bill Greenberg, Christopher Jenkins, Norman Landry and Mark Saklad did a great job piloting and answering questions. The youngsters and adults were very enthusiastic and grateful for their flights.

There were some airport tours too. I saw Mark Saklad with quite a group who seemed so happy to be with him and to hear what he had to say.

The thoughtful attention given to others by the pilots and ground crew in the interest of aviation is admirable and wonderful to see, i.e.: Jim Ellis made an extra flight for and with two family members, a mother and daughter, while Young Eagle and father flew with another pilot. Little sister was so interested and eager to fly. At this age, she needed mother with her. But wait and see, some day mother may be her first passenger when she gets her Private License. And Bill Greenberg made an extra flight as have other pilots donating their time in their interest and love of people, aviation and "Sunward I've Climbed".

A special welcome to new member of Chapter 196, Christopher Jenkins. Chris is a member of EAA and flew Young Eagles in his Piper Archer. Good to hve you with us, Chris. I enjoyed meeting your son Oliver, a son of whom you can be proud.

Pilot Jon Engvall arrived early and helped Charlie Smith set up the tent area and Fred Moses was several places at once, especially with the camera. Thank you.

Don McPherson, airport manager, stopped by the registration table. We appreciate his cooperation in having the Young Eagle flights at Minute Man Air Field. A special word of thanks for the pitcher of iced tea from Nancy's Air Field Cafe. The pilots had made several flights and a thirst quencher was just the thing. Nice to now have our chapter meetings at Nancy's Air Field Cafe too. Again, thank you, Nancy.

Thank you to Charlie and Mary Smith for your continued support, energy and enthusiasm for the Young Eagles program. Charlie, YE coordinator, and Roy Johnson made the new large double sign which brought in some inquiries about flights. Charlie worked on the printing and Roy made the panels. Bill and Fred helped assemble and put out the two signs. A talented crew, thank you all.

I saw Dick Arnold when we first arrived and Mike Doyle arrived later in the morning. Leo Hickey, who owns the Ercoupe, stopped by at the registration table. I don't know who helped Charlie take down the tent area, I just know it had to be done and all help was appreciated.

Here is a photo gallery of the event:


To sign up for future events or for additional information, please call Charles A. Smith at 508-655-2368 or email him at [email protected]. For last minute information on the day of the event only, call the airport at 978-897-3933.

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