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Dec. 4 - Young Eagles Take a Flight of Firsts on St. Simons

Category: Ports & Transportation

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

December 4, 2018 - St. Simons Island Airport hosted 71 students for Young Eagles Flight, a national initiative to introduce youth to the joys of flight and encourage them to consider careers in aviation. Members of Chapter 905 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) were at the controls for a 20-minute flight over the island's coastline.

One of those included 17-year old licensed pilot, EAA member and former Young Eagle Matthew Tortorell who took some of the Young Eagles skyward for his first time. Three years ago, Matthew took his first flight with the local Young Eagles and discovered his destiny. Matthew advanced quickly through pilot training beginning with the free initial flight lesson offered to Young Eagles by the EAA. An internship for high school students at Gulfstream Aerospace’s Brunswick facility further encouraged him, and in his senior year, he is completing his high school education at the College of Coastal Georgia’s campus as a joint enrollee.


Flying fellow EAA member and personal mentor Ron Hlozansky’s Cessna 172, Matthew took 15 of the 71 Young Eagles on their flight that day. Other veteran EAA member pilots took the rest of the passengers. The day also marked the first time for Chapter 905




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