Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus has joined Sporty’s Pilot Shop in helping EAA Young Eagles achieve their dreams of flying, with Embry-Riddle flight instructor support now part of the Sporty’s online Learn To Fly course available to all Young Eagles.

More than 45,000 young people have enrolled in the Sporty’s course since 2009, as it is free of charge to all kids who have taken a Young Eagles flight. The course guides students through all knowledge required to pass the ground school requirements for an FAA private pilot certificate.

“Regardless of age, we know that one of the success factors for flight students is having knowledge and support available as they start their pathways to flying, especially if they don’t come from aviation families,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits. “Having the tremendous teaching resources of Embry-Riddle available as part of Sporty’s course will help Young Eagles know that they can confidently start and complete the course that is a stepping stone to reaching their goals.”

All Young Eagles who are enrolled and active in the Sporty’s online Learn To Fly course will have a dedicated e-mail address to contact Embry-Riddle flight instructors with questions. That team of flight instructors will continue to be available to Young Eagles enrollees as long as they remain active within the online course.

“The goal for everyone involved in this effort is the same: encouraging and assisting young people who want to fly,” Larsen said. “Many of the Embry-Riddle flight instructors are young aviators themselves, so they will be able to relate well to the Young Eagles who are making their first steps into aviation.”

Every Young Eagles receives online course access information upon completion of their flight. They can then activate that Sporty’s course free of charge.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs.