Local pilots will offer free airplane rides to children between the ages of 8 and 17 Sunday at the Miami Municipal Airport.

Flights will begin at 1 p.m. and will remain available until 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Young Eagles Program which was launched in 1992 by the Experimental Aircraft Association, based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The program's mission is to “provide a meaningful and positive flight experience in a general aviation airplane for young people.”

The flights are offered free of charge and made possible through the generosity of local EAA volunteers.

What will the flight be like?

The pilot will explain what will happen during the flight. The introduction may include talking about the airplane, reviewing an aeronautical chart, identifying reference points during the flight, completing a careful “walk around” pre-flight inspection of the airplane and identifying the parts that control the airplane.

Once inside the plane, the pilot will describe the interior of the plane, including the instrument panel.

Most Young Eagle flights last between 15 and 20 minutes.

“Your child can join the ranks of Young Eagles and see their world from a whole new perspective,” said EAA coordinator Jim Belcher.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany all participants.

For more information, contact Airport Manager Paul Dolph, 541-7979 or coordinator Jim Belcher, 541-7742.