Programs to Educate Youth

IAPG Education Mission

The future of Iowa aviation lies within its youth. The IAPG Board has set its focus on programs that will excite and educate our youth. There are several initiatives, some old and some new to bring aviation to youth: Iowa Aviation Youth Rallies which have been held since 2006, programs to support Boy Scout merit badge attainment, a brand new youth pilot training scholarship program, and finally, a joint program with the Air Force Association to recognize aerospace education Teachers of the Year.

Iowa Aviation Youth Rallies—Half-Day Programs

Iowa Aviation Promotion Group, in partnership with Iowa Space Grant Consortium, Iowa DOT Office of Aviation, and sponsoring airports, has held half-day Iowa Aviation Youth Rallies at various locations in Iowa. In over 80 events held 2006–2019, over 4,000 youngsters have attended.

The programs include: instruction on airplanes, aeronautical principles, airport operations, weather, flight planning, aviation careers and more. Where available, each youngster has the opportunity to take an EAA Young Eagle flight. Rallies typically conclude with a pizza luncheon and award of a T-shirt.

These event are absolutely FREE! Target age groups are 9 to 15.

Planned for 2022 are Rallies at the Ankeny Airport on Saturday JULY 16 and the Iowa Falls Municipal Airport on Saturday July 30. Both events are FREE. Applications can be requested at any time.

The Ankeny program registration may be accomplished by completing the Downloadable Ankeny (IKV) application shown below. The Iowa Falls program ground school registration application for July 30 may be downloaded and completed as shown below. Please note that due to a shortage of pilots, the Young Eagle flight event has been moved to Thursday, August 4 beginning at 8 AM.  Registration for that portion may be handled by going to the Iowa DOT Aviation Calendar. Google Iowa DOT Aviation calendar and follow the link provided. 

We apologize for this inconvenience but it was the best way to provide the flight experience for those wanting an FREE Young Eagle Flight.

If you are interested in being a host airport for a rally or have a youth interested in attending a rally, please contact Chuck McDonald , email


Guidelines for Organizing a Youth Aviation Rally

IAPG encourages airports, pilot groups, EAA Chapters, and fixed base operators to organize a Youth Aviation Rally. Rallies should be offered free of charge and may or may not included flights for participating youth. The materials which follow may be downloaded and/or printed out for use by organizers of youth aviation rally events:

Boy Scout Merit Badge Support

An Ankeny Airport encampment was held October 16, 2021 with over 150 scouts and 100 adult leaders in attendance.

IAPG Pilot Training Scholarships

Find more information about the scholarship program here.

Teacher of the Year Recognition: Cooperative Program of IAPG and Air Force Association

Annually outstanding teachers who use aviation and space concepts to enhance the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in K–12 classrooms, are identified and recognized with Teacher of the Year awards provided by the Air Force Association. IAPG assists in identifying deserving educators who receive recognition which includes cash awards.