​Young Eagles Take Flight

The aviation industry is facing a shortage of pilots. As more captains reach mandatory retirement at 65, the deficit could reach 15,000 pilots by 2026.

To help reverse that trend, the Experimental Aviation Association created the Young Eagles program. It introduces children to the joy of flight and the industry. Since its inception in 1992, the program has flown over 2 million kids with the help of volunteer pilots and ground personnel. Many of those first-time fliers have gone on to be pilots or be involved in the industry.

The Phillips 66 Aviation fuel brand has been a financial sponsor from early on. It also gives a $1 rebate per gallon to pilots who refuel with Phillips 66 after flying Young Eagles.

Because of this support, the Young Eagles program can create memories that pilots and children will never forget and ensure the continued success of the aviation industry.