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Harrison Ford to Announce Successors to EAA Young Eagles Chairman Post

Harrison Ford
Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford at Theater in the Woods at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.

September 24, 2009 — After more than five years of service as chairman of the EAA Young Eagles Program, EAA member, pilot, and famed actor Harrison Ford will pass the baton and announce his successor co-chairs in a news conference at Santa Monica Airport in Southern California on Tuesday, September 29.

EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny, who launched the Young Eagles Program in 1992, will moderate the news conference, which will include Ford and his successors. “Harrison and I are eager to announce the next Young Eagles co-chairs. These highly respected individuals are well-positioned to build on Harrison’s successes with the program and to bring a new dimension to its leadership,” Poberezny said.

“We’ll also use this opportunity to thank Harrison for his motivational leadership and active participation, and to highlight his achievements as Young Eagles chairman,” Poberezny added.

The EAA Young Eagles Program, now in its 17th year, has provided inspirational and educational first-flight experiences to nearly 1.5 million youth, thanks to the volunteer efforts of 42,000 EAA member pilots and countless supporters around the globe.

Highlights of Harrison Ford’s chairmanship of the program include the following:

  • Nearly 500,000 young people received inspirational first-flight Young Eagles experiences while he chaired the program.
  • Personally raised considerable funds for the program by donating auction items such as movie-set experiences.
  • Elevated the stature of the Gathering of Eagles event, which takes place during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, to make it a more effective fundraising vehicle for the program.
  • Enhanced the program’s public profile and exposure.
  • Emphasized the “ambassadorship” message, underscoring the EAA Young Eagles Program’s significant potential to enhance the image of general aviation among policymakers and the broad public.
  • Personally provided flights to nearly 300 Young Eagles.

Sporty’s Pilot Shop, in partnership with EAA, provides free online flight training to participating youth who are inspired by the Young Eagles flight experience to continue pursuing an interest in aviation. ConocoPhillips is the presenting sponsor of the EAA Young Eagles Program. Learn more at http://www.youngeagles.org.

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