TROY— A hard-working volunteer received the first Young Eagles ride from WACO this month.
Dylan Warren, 15, is a freshman at Piqua High School and has been volunteering at WACO for around four months. Warren was first inspired to get involved at WACO when he went there on a visit with his grandfather, who is a pilot.
“My grandpa loves airplanes, so he was visiting, I went and I really liked it,” Warren said. “About two weeks later, I started volunteering.”
Warren, who is also a Boy Scout, dedicates as much time to WACO as he can during the week and sometimes entire weekends.
“I just like helping people, and they need help, and I do anything they ask,” Warren said.
Warren’s duties as a volunteer range from a variety of activities, including driving a golf cart to move items around and take out the trash, loading planes, creating videos for the planes, and sweeping floors on slow days.
In addition to his grandfather, Warren’s aunt is also a pilot, and Warren is considering learning how to fly himself one day.
“Maybe, I think that would be really cool,” Warren said. “Getting my own airplane and license, I think that would be really cool.”
Warren’s Young Eagles ride was his first flight ever, and it did not disappoint.
“That was the first one, I’m sure there will be more, only one for now,” Warren said. “It was really cool. You could see everything for miles, and you had the wind in your face … It was just super cool.”
After high school, Warren hopes to pursue a career with the FBI or CIA.
The Young Eagles program, begun by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), gives young people, primarily between the ages of 8 and 17, the opportunity to take their first airplane ride.
The initial goal of the Young Eagles program was to fly one million children before the 100th anniversary of flight celebration on Dec. 17, 2003. That goal was achieved on Nov. 13, 2003. Since then, an annual goal of introducing 100,000 young people to the Young Eagles experience has been established.
The program, which just began its 25th year, is currently chaired by Sean Tucker. Actor and former Chairman Harrison Ford flew the two millionth Young Eagle flight during AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh, Wis., in July.
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