Youth programs

Chapter 1268 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is the driving force behind the youth activities at Sonoma Skypark. Chartered in 1992, Chapter 1268 has more than 60 members, many of which volunteer their time to participate in the Young Eagles and Air Explorers programs, as well as the weekly BBQ and annual Family Fun Days, which raise funds to send kids to the Air Academy summer camp in Oshkosh, WI.

Young Eagles
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Young Eagles

Launched in 1992, the mission of the Young Eagles program is to introduce young people to the world of aviation. The EAA's network of more than 50,000 volunteer pilots have given over 2 million kids, ages 7–17, their first free ride in a general aviation airplane.

EAA Chapter 1268 offers these free Young Eagles rides at Sonoma Skypark every month on the second Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Young Eagle candidates should be accompanied by a parent or adult who can authorize the ride. Call the Sonoma Skypark office at 707.996.2100 for more information, and visit the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles site to learn more about this wonderful program.

Air Explorers
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Air Explorers

The Air Explorer program is a part of the Learning for Life affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, and is similar to other BSA affiliated career programs such as the Fire and Police Explorer programs.

Rather than working to earn merit badges, members learn all aspects of aviation and gain experience that can help them pursue careers in the aviation industry. It’s a great opportunity for young people to make friends and learn valuable skills while exploring their interest in aviation.

Aviation Exploring is available for boys and girls ages 14–20. Post 1268 meets each month at Sonoma Skypark Airport, on the second Sunday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, or to confirm meeting time, contact the Sonoma Skypark office at 707.996.2100.
Air Academy
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Air Academy

Each year, EAA Chapter 1268 sponsors several scholarships to week-long Air Academy camps at the EAA lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Experienced aviation instructors help campers delve into the world of aviation through classroom work, hands-on demonstrations, flight simulation, and other exciting activities.

Chapter 1268 gets a scholarship credit from EAA for each Young Eagles flight made by our volunteer pilots, with the rest of the funds coming from the proceeds of our Saturday BBQs and annual Family Fun Day.

For more information, please contact the ?, or visit Air the Academy site.