OSHKOSH, Wis. -- (September 22, 2009) -- EAA member, pilot, and famed actor Harrison Ford on Sept. 29 in Santa Monica, California, will announce his successors to lead the acclaimed EAA Young Eagles Program (see news conference details below). Ford has served for five years as the chairman of this philanthropic program that uses aviation to inspire and educate youth.
EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny, who launched the Young Eagles Program in 1992, will moderate a news conference featuring Ford and his successors. “Harrison and I are eager to announce the next Young Eagles co-chairs. These highly respected individuals are well-positioned to build on Harrison’s successes with the Program and to bring a new dimension to its leadership,” Poberezny said.
Later that day, Poberezny will host a special dinner and program, with both the outgoing and incoming Young Eagles chairs as honored guests. “This is an opportunity for EAA and the general aviation community to thank Harrison Ford for his motivational leadership and active participation, to highlight his achievements as Young Eagles chairman, and to welcome the new co-chairs,” Poberezny said.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009. News conference at 1 p.m. PDT (note time zone). Special dinner and program beginning at 6 p.m. PDT.
Both the news conference and the Honors Dinner will take place at Hangar:8 at Santa Monica Airport.
News conference subjects will include:
Harrison Ford’s accomplishments and stewardship of the EAA Young Eagles Program; Current status of the Program and the future vision; Introduction of and discussion with Ford’s successors.
News-media photographers and videographers may cover the evening dinner and program from a designated platform. Some roaming may be allowed with an EAA event escort.
Only preregistered news media may attend. Contact Nadia Farr (see contact information above) no later than noon PDT on Monday, September 28, to reserve attendance.
The EAA Young Eagles Program, now in its 17th year, has provided inspirational and educational first-flight experiences to nearly 1.5 million youth, thanks to the efforts each year of 40,000 EAA member pilots and countless supporters around the globe. Ford’s predecessor Program chairs were: Oscar-winning actor and avid pilot Cliff Robertson (1992-1993); and aviation legend Chuck Yeager (1994-2003). ConocoPhillips is the presenting sponsor of the EAA Young Eagles Program. Learn more at www.youngeagles.org.
EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 160,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building, and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.
Sullenberger and Skiles accepted the offer to lead the program in discussions with Poberezny and Ford that took place during this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Jim and Angela Thompson will match contributions from other donors up to $100,000, creating a scholarship fund of as much as $200,000 in Harrison Ford's name.
Young Eagles was founded in 1992 and has provided more than 1.5 million free demonstration flights to young people around the world. To learn more visit Booth 1263 at NBAA.