Spanish Fork airport helps kids and adults get a taste of aviation 01

A gyrocopter is pictured at Spanish Fork Airport. It is one type of aircraft that participants can learn about at Saturday's Young Eagles Rally and Flying Start program.

Two events geared to foster an interest in aviation among children and adults alike have been canceled, according to the city of Spanish Fork.

The Young Eagles Rally and the Flying Start program were set for Saturday at the Spanish Fork-Springville Airport.

A weather forecast of low temperatures and a 40% chance of rain in the morning prompted officials to cancel the events, according to a Spanish Fork city post on Facebook.

Due to schedule conflicts, the events can’t be rescheduled within the next two weeks. Because of this, the next Young Eagles Rally will be scheduled for October, according to the city.

The free programs were set to be run by volunteers.

The Young Eagles Rally is for children ages 8 to 17 and participants will have opportunities to engage in a variety of aviation-related activities, which will include a free flight of about 20 to 30 minutes in an airplane and a first flight lesson. They will also be able to continue their aviation experiences with online training, online flight videos and access to science museums nationwide.

Young Eagles is a national program that began in 1992, according to Michael Duke, president of a local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. More than 2 million children have taken a Young Eagles flight, with about 100,000 participating nationally each year. At Spanish Fork Airport, between 200 to 400 participate in the program every year.

Pilots volunteer to be involved in the program. In Utah, about 24 pilots volunteer each year, according to Duke. There will be between eight and 12 pilots at the Young Eagles Rally. In addition to the pilots, there are volunteers handling safety issues, registration and answering questions.

The excitement is not only for children. The Flying Start program is for those 18 and older who would like a taste of aviation. This includes a free flight in an airplane, information about becoming a pilot, the experience of meeting local instructors and an opportunity for flight training scholarships.

Many forms of flight will be discussed including airplane, helicopter, gyrocopter, sailplane, powered parachute, powered paraglider and hot air balloon.

Kenneth Lane is a member of EAA and was set to volunteer for the Young Eagles Rally and Flying Start events.

“It’s a great learning experience for math, design, poetry all together,” he said. “Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa and he also was designing aircraft.”

More information about Young Eagles and Flying Start can be found at https://www.eaa.org.