Mt. Pleasant EAA chapter offers youth aviation education opportunities

Mt. Pleasant’s Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 907 recently held its annual Wings and Wheels event at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport. The event featured live music, an aircraft and car display, and all proceeds were donated to youth aviation education programs.

“The EEA is a global organization with local chapters that promote aviation education,” says Randy MacDonald, President of Chapter 907. “The money raised from Wings and Wheels will be used to keep up with our youth programs and the rest will be put in a scholarship fund.”

Randy MacDonald, President of EEA Chapter 907, poses in front of an airplane at the Wings and Wheels event on Sept. 18, 2021.Chapter 907 offers several programs to foster youth aviation education and has flown more than 1,000 local kids. The Young Eagles program offers youth ages 8-17 an opportunity to fly in a general aviation airplane.

“Every summer we give free rides to kids and usually do between 50-60 kids a year in Young Eagles,” says MacDonald.

Chapter 907 also offers a Chapter Youth Group Workshop where kids ages 12-17 have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in building and restoring aircraft. The skills taught in the workshop are also applicable to necessary trades such as plumbing, building, HVAC, and electricity.

“There’s science, math, and physics involved that the kids can use in a real application,” says MacDonald. “We’ve been building a small plane and plan to sell it and return the proceeds to the chapter when it’s completed.”

The workshop had been assembling a Hummel H5, but the project has been temporarily paused due to COVID-19.

Chapter 907 also contributes to a scholarship fund for local youth to pursue aviation education. The fund consists of approximately $3,000 and is typically apportioned to youth in $300-$500 amounts.

“The scholarship fund is to get youth involved in aviation and give them a kickstart into a promising future,” says MacDonald.

He urges youth interested in aviation to get involved with Chapter 907. Aspiring pilots, or their parents, can reach out to Randy MacDonald at (989) 240-4058.