Young eagles take to the sky at Coonagh

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SATURDAY, August 9, is Young Eagles Day at Coonagh Airfield, when over 40 children, aged between eight and 17,will fly into the sky with experienced pilots in Cessnas, Ralley and Collibre aircraft, weather permitting.

Hosted by the Irish Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Olhkosh Wisconsin, USA, the event affords children from Limerick and Clare an opportunity to experience the excitement of flight.

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Explaining that a pre-flight class is given to explain the aerodynamics involved, as well as a safety briefing, a spokesperson said that each child will receive a certificate signed by their pilot and will be entered into the World’s Largest Logbook at EAA headquarters.

“The Young Eagles Programme is an international scheme that has given over 1.5million children an opportunity to fly for free and for the last few years this event has been run with the support of Tara Oil, Limerick Flying Club, Usher Aviation, Aero Inspection Ireland and some private individuals who wish to remain anonymous”.