New young Eagle Scouts, from L-R Mason Esterline, Wyatt Easson, and Matthew Dudley, show their excitement after a flight on May 12, 2007, in Joplin pilot Tim Mahn's classic Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Approximately 50 local Scouts took advantage of the free flights of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) organized by local pilot Mark Tyrrell assisted by Chapter 463's young Eagle coordinator Jim Belcher. Area pilots from both Chapter 463 (Tri-state) and Chapter 732 (NW Arkansas) donated their time and aircraft to fly them. After take-off from the Joplin Regional Airport, the Scouts were able to view most of the local area from a new point of view during the 20-minute flights.
The International Young Eagles Program was started in 1992 with the objective of introducing one million young people, ages 8 to 18-years, to aviation by 2003, the one hundredth anniversary of powered flight. The goal was met and exceeded. The current approximate tally of young eagles flown from over 90 countries is 1,305,483.
Chapter 463 regularly hosts a Young Eagle event on the first Sunday in April and October. The next event hosted by Chapter 732 will take place on June 16, 2007 at Drake Field in Fayetteville, AR.