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Local pilot gives 100 kids joy of flight

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 Mr. S. James Chorvat of Brooksville, Florida has graciously donated his time to teach 100 children about the joy of aviation. 

As a volunteer pilot with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) “Young Eagles” aviation program, he took to the skies with each child in a free demonstration airplane ride.  The kids are briefed on the safe operation of airplanes and principles of flight before the short trips. The goal of the Young Eagles program is to allow young people to experience positive activities and discover the possibilities available to them within the world of aviation.  “I’m very honored to have been apart of this program for Young Eagles of the EAA, Experimental Aircraft Association,” says Chorvat.  

Chorvat explained that as a third and “unofficially 4th” generation pilot, Chorvat’s interest in flight began with his family.  He also remarked, “The dream though was owning my own plane, that I held onto half my life until it finally happened. I’ve been happily flying friends and family often since the early 90’s and young eagles since November 2006.”

There are 50,000 EAA Young Eagles program volunteers world-wide and 200,000 EAA members.  The program commenced in July 1992 and has now flown more than 2 million youth between the ages of 8 and 17.  

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 “There is truly nothing better to me during the program than seeing the kid’s faces light up with fascination. Some of them even have parents that have never flown, and it’s all new. This is where the program shines bright. It’s that introduction that these young people- both boys and girls can do it themselves for both pleasure and as a career…It’s a blessing I’ve been able to participate and I’ll continue to give back all I can, into the future. ” said Chorvat.


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