Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by the Mercer County administration.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 176 is sponsoring “Young Eagles Day” on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trenton-Mercer Airport.
All children ages 8 to 17 will have an opportunity to fly in an aircraft piloted by an EAA member pilot, free of charge. On-site registration is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; there is no advance registration available.
The day will provide youngsters an opportunity to learn about aircraft and aviation. In addition to the free flights for the 8 to 17 year olds, children younger than 8 years old will have a fun-ride in a simulated plane mockup.
There will also be an aviation ground school where parents and kids can find out how an airplane actually functions. Additionally, there will be multiple aircraft on display.
EAA is an organization dedicated to sharing their love of aircraft and aviation through various activities including historic aircraft tours, and the Young Eagles Program. Since 1992, the Young Eagles Program has provided free flight experiences to over 1.5 million children around the nation.
Parents must be with children who wish to fly; however, they will not be allowed on the aircraft during actual flights, which usually last approximately 10 minutes.
Activities will take place on the Ronson Aviation ramp at Trenton-Mercer Airport, off Exit 3A of I-95. For more information, contact Steve Bryk of the EAA, Eagle Flight Program at (215) 840-0461, or firstname.lastname@example.org.