The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and United Airlines are teaming up to encourage young people to pursue aviation on all levels through a variety of programs and activities that build on the strength of each organization. As part of the agreement, EAA will become the Official Youth Aviation Partner of United Airlines, while United will be the Official Airline of the Young Eagles. EAA and United will also share visibility, web portals, and links that introduce interested visitors to the programs available from each. These include the EAA’s Young Eagles, which has introduced flight to 2.2 million young people since 1992, as well as United’s Aviate program that offers aspiring and established pilots the most direct and best path to employment with United Airlines.
Captain Curtis Brunjes, United’s managing director of Aviate and pilot strategy said, “We are deeply committed, through our Aviate program, to developing the next generation of airline pilots and this partnership in youth aviation programs at EAA will enable us to better reach young pilot aspirants and the diverse talent we seek.” Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of programs, publications, and marketing, said, “United’s Aviate program offers a terrific new opportunity to provide a pathway for those Young Eagles who seek flying careers, especially with United’s reach and visibility in the communities it serves throughout the country.”