Young Eagles Rally

May 11 2002

Report by Betty-Lee Ward

35 Young Eagles Flown!

Young Eagles were from Acton, Bolton, Boylston, Maynard, Tewksbury, Waltham, Wilmington, Worcester and Pleasant Grove, VT.

Welcome to each and every one. A sincere word of thanks to the pilots, ground crew and those that helped coordinate the Young Eagles' visit to, from, and at Minute Man Air Field. An alphabetical list of Young Eagle's name followed by pilot's name and type aircraft flown follows:

Alyssa Andre, Fred Moses, Cessna 182 Skylane
Austin Andre, Bill Greenberg, Cessna Skyhawk
Ross Barros-Smith, Jeffrey Simon, Grumman American AA-5
Tristan Barros-Smith, Jeff Simon, Grumman American AA-5
Robert Brazee, Fred Moses, Cessna 182 Skylane
Bryan Brigham, Christopher Jenkins, Piper Archer
William Burrier, Fred Moses, Cessna 182 Skylane
Andrew DuBois, Leo Hickey, Ercoupe
Robin DuBois, Fred Moses, Cessna 182 Skylane
Derek Dupont, Lee Cooprider, Cessna 182 Skylane
Kevan Dupont, Lee Cooprider, Cessna 182 Skylane
Jonathan Gifford, Nels Anderson, Piper Archer
James Greiman, Nels Anderson, Piper Archer
James Heslin, Jon Engvall, Beech C 23
Steven Higgins, Christopher Jenkins, Piper Archer
Todd Higgins, Christopher Jenkins, Piper Archer
Rory Hoffman, Jeffrey Simon, Grumman American AA-5
Nathan Holms, Jon Engvall, Beech C 23
Jayce Humes, Bill Greenberg, Cessna Skyhawk
Harrison Ingraham, Leo Hickey, Ercoupe
Katie Kerr, Bill Greenberg, Cessna Skyhawk
Meghanne Kerr, Jon Engvall, Beech C 23
Owen Leach, Christopher Jenkins, Piper Archer
Nick Lupien, Christopher Jenkins, Piper Archer
Russell MacDonald, Lee Coopride, Cessna 182 Skylane
Kevin Martin, Nels Anderson, Piper Archer
Anthony McGonagle, Christopher Jenkins, Piper Archer
Nathan Mercer, Leo Hickey, Ercoupe
John Michaud, Jon Engvall, Beech C 23
Peter Morse, Lee Cooprider, Cessna 182 Skylane
Matthew OSullivan, Fred Moses, Cessna 182 Skylane
Peter Proulx, Mark Saklad, Cessna 172
Michael Sheerin, Bill Greenberg, Cessna Skyhawk
Alexander Stevenson, Jon Engvall, Beech C 23
Joshua Weaver, Nels Anderson, Piper Archer

The above includes Cub Scout Pack 103 from Boylston. Thank you to leader Jeffrey Grieman and volunteer Bruce Lupien for all your help. Boy Scout Troop 56 from Wilmington was well represented with Scout Committee Member, Richard Humes helping coordinate activities.

It was great to have Lee Cooprider joining the Young Eagle pilots, and good to see familiar faces and planes from recent rallies and previous years active in 2002 Young Eagle flights.

Pilots and ground crew kept busy on land and in the air. Pre-flight procedures are a good part of a Young Eagle's experience and were included. Then there are the photographs. Hector Constantzos and John Weigel were busy with the Polaroid and digital cameras and getting certificates and posters to the Young Eagles (after Mary Smith had carefully filled certificates in). Jim Ellis and Mike Doyle escorted people to and from planes to look at planes and/or take pictures. Mary Smith and I (Betty-Lee Ward) kept busy at the registration table. Coordinator Charlie Smith very busy scheduling flights and introducing Young Eagles to their pilot. Many of us answered questions from parents, visitors and had some heart to heart talks with prospective Young Eagles.

It was a supportive and interested group of adults that accompanied the Young Eagles. Several Scouts and other youth helped pilots and ground crew set up the tent canopy, registration tables and chairs. Thank You.

We had a refreshing pitcher of ice-water from Nancy's Air Field Cafe; thank you, Nancy and staff. Thanks, too, to Don McPherson, Airport Manager, for his continued interest and support of the Young Eagles program. In looking over "The Downwind Flyer" issues from the past, I saw Don's name as piloting many a Young Eagle.

With everything put away for the day, nine pilots and ground crew flew to Jaffrey, NH for a visit. Fred Moses, Bill Greenberg and Nels Anderson flew their planes while Jan Nardone, John Weigel, Charlie Smith, Jim Ellis, Leo Hickey and Hector Constantzos went along for the ride and camaraderie.

35 Young Eagles may be the highest Chapter 196 has flown in one day. June 12, 2000 and again on September 9, 2000, each had 30 Young Eagles flown.

Here is a photo gallery of the day:

                                                                                                                                   

To sign up for future events or for additional information, please call Charles A. Smith at 508-655-2368 or email him at [email protected]. For last minute information on the day of the event only, call the airport at 978-897-3933.

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