Young Eagles Day Set For August 6

The Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW) is set to host Young Eagles Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. As part of Young Eagles Day event, MGW will provide free airplane rides to children ages 8 to 17 with parent or guardian consent.

This event allows local pilots of the Experimental Aircraft Association Inc. (EAA) to share their passion for flying and expose the next generation of kids to careers in aviation and the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“By introducing kids to the aviation field at a young age, it piques their interest, and they can begin to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to them,” said Richard Judy, Young Eagles coordinator. “From pilots to mechanics, air traffic controllers and management, all of the roles are equally important, and we are always looking to lead future generations to this career path.”

The EAA conceived the Young Eagles program in 1992, with the initial goal of giving 1 million kids a free airplane ride by the 100th anniversary of powered flight, which was achieved November 13, 2003, but due to the popularity it has continued over the years. Morgantown has been participating in the program for several years.

This event free to the public but it is recommended to register online prior to the event in order to skip standing in line on the day of the event. On the day of the event, participants should check in at the terminal building near the baggage claim area and beside the rental car agencies.

For more information, or in case of questionable weather, contact the organizers via email at

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