Monday, October 6, 2008

Cessna’s Jack Pelton and actor Harrison Ford


Actor Harrison Ford and Cessna Aircraft Company President and CEO Jack
Pelton will meet here with reporters to discuss their ongoing dedication to the
aviation world’s most successful and far-reaching youth program, EAA Young
Eagles, and to the Gathering of Eagles annual fundraiser that supports this

Pelton will confirm his continued chairmanship of the EAA Gathering of
Eagles Committee through AirVenture 2009. Furthermore, he will relate his
company’s commitment to serve for the fifth consecutive year as the Gathering
of Eagles 2009 Naming Presenter.

Proceeds from the Gathering of Eagles event, which takes place during the
Thursday night of AirVenture, benefit EAA’s outreach programs that share “the
spirit of aviation” by inspiring youth, encouraging personal achievement, and
honoring aviation’s proud history of accomplishment and innovation. These
supported programs include EAA Young Eagles, the EAA Air Academy, EAA
Aeroscholars, and other programs that help to prepare tomorrow’s pilots,
aviation leaders, and pioneers.

This year’s Gathering of Eagles raised nearly $3,000,000 in support of EAA’s
aviation-outreach efforts.

Similarly, Harrison Ford will confirm his continued chairmanship of the EAA
Young Eagles program through AirVenture 2009. Since the program’s inception
in 1992, each year approximately 40,000 volunteers have provided
inspirational general-aviation flight experiences to youth ages 8-17. Flying
80,000 to 100,000 kids each year, the program has touched the lives of more
than 1.4 million youth, many of whom have carried that inspiration into aviation
service and careers.

Ford, a pilot and avid participant in aviation, became EAA Young Eagles
chairman in 2004, filling the large shoes of his predecessor, aviation legend
Chuck Yeager, and the program’s original chairman, actor Cliff Robertson.

EAA embodies The Spirit of Aviation, bringing together the world’s most
engaged and devoted community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 170,000
members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing
their passion for flying, building, and restoring recreational aircraft. To join EAA
or for more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA
(1-800-564-6322) or go to

For more information contact:
David Berkley, EAA Media Relations
920-426-6295 •

No comments: