Young Eagles Day offers local children airplane rides

SAULT STE. MARY – Children between the ages of 8 and 17 could benefit from a free airplane flight on Young Eagles Day on June 5 at Sanderson Field Airport.

This is an effort to get people interested in aviation and is organized by EAA Chapter 1437 of the Soo Pilots Association. According to Bob Schallip, a local airplane pilot, the purpose of this annual event is to take a million “young eagles” on a plane. drive.

“This is a great opportunity for them to experience flight and hopefully sow the seed that will lead them to enjoy flight throughout their lives,” said Schallip, who has taken over 200 young eagles on their first flight in an airplane, which is the highest number of any pilot. at the Sault.

This year, most of the 83 Young Eagles flew for the first time. In order to make Young Eagles Day a success, local pilots volunteer their aircraft, time and fuel to provide these tours.

According to Kim Sillers, coordinator of the Young Eagles, a myriad of departments and staff helped make Young Eagles Day as smooth as possible. This staff includes:

Registry Office

Terry Wolski, Marianne Schallip, Susan Brown, Jenn Ware

Ground support

Jack Wartella, John Covert, Brooks Partridge, Jim Cloudman, Jim Tucker, Marty Wolski, Duane Penzien, Alecia Stephens and Johney Stephens


Bob Schallip, Paul Lapoint, Fred Schneider, Tom Brown and Kim Sillers

Sault Ste Marie Control Tower

Tim Carroll and the Tower Employees

The Great Circle Aviation FBO manages the day-to-day operations of the airport and provided facilities that contributed to the success of Young Eagles Day, according to Alecia Stephens, EAA member, Soo Pilots, aircraft and power plant mechanic working currently for Great Circle. Air services.

“We weren’t sure if we were going to miss last year, but the queue was stable,” said Tom Brown, airport manager. “We had people from Alpena and Munising.”

The Chippewa County Health Department donated face masks; the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation helped with Young Eagles posters, radio stations, Facebook; The holiday gas station donated hand sanitizers and face masks; and UP Tire donated coffee, juice and snacks.

For more information on the EAA Soo Pilots, visit

Various volunteers at Young Eagles Day on June 5 in Sault Ste.  Married.
An influx of people flooded Young Eagles Day.
Kim Sillers, coordinator of Young Eagle, in his Cessa 172.

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