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One of the goals of the Airdrie Flying Club is to promote aviation within our community. One of the most successful ways is to promote flying amongst the youth; they gain an understanding of what makes an airplane fly, what's involved with becoming a pilot, and most importantly, experiencing a flight in a small airplane first hand.

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) have created a new program to introduce kids between the ages of 8-17 the opportunity to have a flight in a typical light general aviation aircraft. In previous years, the AFC, and its predecessor, ACCOTA participated in the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)'s Young Eagles program. Founded by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in 1992 as a means to introduce young people, ages 8-17 to the joy of flight with the opportunity to fly a real plane. Offered free of charge, the success of the Young Eagles program is due to the generosity of pilots around the world. The lofty goal of flying 1-million Young Eagles before celebrating the 100 years of manned powered flight on December 3, 2003 was met with huge success.

Airdrie Flying Club
Introducing youth to aviation

8th Annual Kids Day
JUNE 7, 2014
Please watch the signup form for any weather related cancellations.
From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Hello Junior Aviators! Its time to soar the skies with Airdrie Flying Club. We have some super pilots who want to share the joy of flight with you.

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FOR THE PARENTS: COPA For Kids aviation program provides - free of charge - a motivational aviation experience, initiating young people to the science of flight. Kids between the ages of 8 and 17 years can join us in Airdrie for a free first flight. The age restriction is put in place for the saftey and comfort of both the children and the pilots. It is also an insurance requirement. Please remember to check for a weather report before you head to the airport.

This self-registration link will take you to an external page where some information will be collected to reserve a seat for Junior Aviator day. Please arrive at the event 20 minutes before your reserved flight.

Want to save some time? Please read through the brochure and complete the 2014 waiver and registration form for EACH Junior Aviator accompanying you. You must have BOTH pages filled in for every participant.

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AFC Eagle's Flight - June 13, 2008

Saturday June 13 was a beautiful day for flying, made even better by the fact that AFC members were giving free airplane rides to local kids. With the help of local media, we had a great turn out.

Click here to see all the pictures.

ACCOTA Young Eagles - November 4, 2006

Despite short notice and a week's delay because of weather, ACCOTA hosted a successful first Young Eagles Day. Six planes flew 20 kids and several parents on a 15 minute tour of Crossfield and Airdrie.

Click here to see all the pictures.

Linden Young Eagles - October 14, 2006

Saturday might have been a chilly day but it was a huge success for local aviation. Thanks to the Linden Fire/Rescue Squad, their team of volunteers and 15 pilots, 110 local children were given Young Eagles flights. ACCOTA members Daryl Medd, Stan Peters and Barry Wood flew a combined 23 children.

Click here to see the Linden photo gallery.