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Tony Yacono

President

Friends OF Scouting Inc

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Friends OF Scouting Inc

Background Information

Affiliations

President
BREVARD AVIATION Inc.

COI Safety Committee Chairman
EAA Chapter 724

Chairman of the Merritt Island Airport Safety Committee and A Member of the Aircraft Owners Advisory Board
Mooney Aircraft Corporation

Web References (24 Total References)


LoPresti Newsletter March 2007

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MERRITT ISLAND - Tony Yacono (EAA#406740) was 12 when he first flew in an airplane. The experience was so thrilling, he's accumulated about 6,000 hours flight time and he's still flying at age 80.

He's also spending part of his air time spreading the excitement of flight to local kids. Yacono coordinates the Young Eagles program provided at Merritt Island Airport by the Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 724.
"We've got to introduce some of these youngsters to the field of aviation," Yacono said. "The thrill of flying youngsters is seeing them seeing something they've never seen before."
Thanks to the EAA members, more than 3,500 youths between ages 8 and 17 have seen new sights from the air. And while 82 local EAA pilots have participated in the program, Yacono has logged more flights than any, flying 504 youths.
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Yacono acknowledges he'd rather be in the sky, listening to the excited reactions of first-time fliers, encouraging others who dream about flying themselves.
Hunter Limb, of Merritt Island, is one Young Eagle who has flown with Yacono and gotten the aviation bug.
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The program wasn't available when Yacono was young, but his boss at a New Jersey concession stand also worked for an airplane manufacturer and arranged a free flight.
Yacono still remembers his elation as he and a pilot took off from a stretch of beach in a red biplane.
"I bet my fingerprints are still on the side of that airplane where I grabbed it," he said. "As a youngster, somebody got me interested in aviation and that kept me going."
In 1949, after Army service and years of battling New Jersey winters, Yacono and his wife, Judy, moved to Merritt Island. He worked for a company that owned multiple auto dealerships and worked his way up to service director.
To his delight, the job required him to fly between dealerships as he evaluated operations. Retirement, when it finally came in 2005, didn't mean more rest or less flying time.
Yacono said he tries to fly his Mooney airplane at least twice a week. He's a member of the EAA and the Brevard Aviation Association, chairman of the Merritt Island Airport safety committee and a member of the Mooney Aircraft Owners advisory board.
He's also president of Friends of Scouting, a nonprofit group that provides financial support for local Scouts. And he plans to keep giving free flights to youngsters who might never fly without the Young Eagles program.
"Along the way in all my years, a lot of people have helped me," Yacono said.
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Tony is a member of EAA Chapter 724


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Tony Yacono COI Safety Committee Chairman New Safety e-mail address for COI: Safety4COI@aol.com


News

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From the Left: Tom Teek, Charlie Gray, Dave Boden, Tony Yacono and Fred Mahan move the Chapters stuff from the FBO to Charlie Gray's hanger, January 11, 2004.

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For the latest local Young Eagles information please click here to e-mail Tony Yacono

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Tony conducts the pilot meeting at 8:15am in the morning.
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Tony Yacono receiving his EAA Chapter Coordinator Award, August 2008
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MERRITT ISLAND - Tony Yacono (EAA#406740) was 12 when he first flew in an airplane. The experience was so thrilling, he's accumulated about 6,000 hours flight time and he's still flying at age 80.
He's also spending part of his air time spreading the excitement of flight to local kids. Yacono coordinates the Young Eagles program provided at Merritt Island Airport by the Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 724.
"We've got to introduce some of these youngsters to the field of aviation," Yacono said. "The thrill of flying youngsters is seeing them seeing something they've never seen before."
Thanks to the EAA members, more than 3,500 youths between ages 8 and 17 have seen new sights from the air. And while 82 local EAA pilots have participated in the program, Yacono has logged more flights than any, flying 504 youths.
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Yacono acknowledges he'd rather be in the sky, listening to the excited reactions of first-time fliers, encouraging others who dream about flying themselves.
Hunter Limb, of Merritt Island, is one Young Eagle who has flown with Yacono and gotten the aviation bug.
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The program wasn't available when Yacono was young, but his boss at a New Jersey concession stand also worked for an airplane manufacturer and arranged a free flight.
Yacono still remembers his elation as he and a pilot took off from a stretch of beach in a red biplane.
"I bet my fingerprints are still on the side of that airplane where I grabbed it," he said. "As a youngster, somebody got me interested in aviation and that kept me going."
In 1949, after Army service and years of battling New Jersey winters, Yacono and his wife, Judy, moved to Merritt Island. He worked for a company that owned multiple auto dealerships and worked his way up to service director.
To his delight, the job required him to fly between dealerships as he evaluated operations. Retirement, when it finally came in 2005, didn't mean more rest or less flying time.
Yacono said he tries to fly his Mooney airplane at least twice a week. He's a member of the EAA and the Brevard Aviation Association, chairman of the Merritt Island Airport safety committee and a member of the Mooney Aircraft Owners advisory board.
He's also president of Friends of Scouting, a nonprofit group that provides financial support for local Scouts. And he plans to keep giving free flights to youngsters who might never fly without the Young Eagles program.
"Along the way in all my years, a lot of people have helped me," Yacono said.
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Tony Yacono and Bobbi Lasher with the Florida Volunteer Search & Rescue group from the US Marine Corps Reserve Cadet Corps
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See you on October 18th, same time, same place.
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Each pilot's total gets credited to the chapter that he is a member of.
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Tony Yacono NOMINATION FOR 2008 YOUNG EAGLES AWARD

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I would like to nominate Tony Yacono for the 2008 Young Eagles Horizon Award. Tony has been the Young Eagles coordinator for Chapter 724, Merritt Island, FL, since 1992 when the program began.

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Tony has flown 525 Young Eagles in his Mooney, N7437V.
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Before any pilot can fly, he/she must attend a Safety briefing given by Tony. During the briefing, pilots are given a diagram of the flight pattern for the day, instructions for operations on the ground, procedures to be followed, a weather briefing and a report on the current flying conditions. Tony arrives early and flies the Young Eagles route before registration begins, to see what the weather conditions are like. Tony is VERY safety conscious and as a collateral duty is the Chairman of the Safety Committee on Merritt Island Airport.
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Every year Tony manages to get the fuel supplier, Shell Oil, to reduce their price for avgas burned while flying Young Eagles.
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Also Tony will fly any young person that he meets who shows an interest in aviation.
EAA 724 has also taken the "show on the road". Under Tony's direction EAA 724 members have staged a Young Eagles Rally at the Valliant Air Command Museum at the Titusville, FL airport and have helped Chapter 1288 with their Young Eagles Program at the Valkaria Airport.
EAA 724 was chartered in October 1981. Although Tony is not a charter member of the chapter, he joined shortly thereafter and has been an active member ever since.
Tony Yacono is dedicated to the Young Eagles Program. He is always looking for ways to encourage young people to become interested in aviation. He can tell you about his first flight when he was 12 years old, a Young Eagle long before the program existed. I can think of no one that has given more to or done more for the Young Eagles Program than Tony has.

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