Ford Partner Recognition

EAA's Ford X-Plan Partner Recognition Program is a special savings opportunity developed exclusively for EAA members. It offers you the ability to purchase or lease eligible vehicles at EAA member pricing.

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EAA Sport Aviation

One of EAA’s most popular member benefits is EAA Sport Aviation, the award-winning monthly magazine that covers the full spectrum of association activity.

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EAA Flight Advisors

EAA's Flight Advisors program is designed to increase sport aviation safety by developing a corps of volunteers who have demonstrated expertise in specific areas of flying and making them available to EAA members who may be preparing to fly an unfamiliar aircraft.

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ASTC Passport Program

EAA members can enjoy more than 300 museum and science centers worldwide free of charge, thanks to a partnership with the Association of Science-Technology Centers and its ASTC Travel Passport Program.

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Warbirds of America

"Keep 'em Flying": That’s the motto - and the mission - of EAA Warbirds of America, the EAA division that provides programs and services to those interested specifically in former military aircraft.

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EAA Finance Solutions

This program provides EAA members in the market to finance an aircraft, kit, plan-based aircraft materials, engine, engine overhaul, or avionics upgrade, with exclusive benefits.

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Take a Free Eagle Flight

Take to the skies with a free introductory flight and discover the next steps toward becoming a pilot.

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Find a Flight Advisor

EAA Flight Advisors can help you find the right path to get you flying efficiently and, most importantly, safely.

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One Week Wonder

Follow the journey of One Week Wonder...from building the Zenith CH 750 Cruzer kit at #OSH14 to its future possibilities.

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Getting Started

Register as an ultralight student or pilot and discover the types of ultralights you can have fun in!

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Become a Sport Pilot

Affordable, achievable, and fun! Experience the freedom of flight as a sport pilot.

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Join Warbirds

Warbirds of America membership connects you with other enthusiasts, restorers, and pilots.

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Join VAA

VAA membership connects you with other enthusiasts, restorers, and pilots.

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Join IAC

IAC membership connects you with other enthusiasts, builders, pilots, and competitors.

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Connect With Aviators

Your local EAA chapter allows you to share your interest with thousands of other members in a variety of different events and activities, including fly-ins, picnics, workshops, Young Eagles rallies, and more.

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Building an EAA Chapter

All you need to start is enthusiasm, an interest in aviation, and the desire to share this interest with other people in your community. Bring together 10 interested recreational aviation enthusiasts who are either current EAA members or ready to join EAA. For divisional chapters, you only need five members.

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Chapter Insurance Program

EAA’s Chapter General Liability Insurance Program protects chapters, their members, officers, directors, and volunteers from alleged negligence. Participation in this insurance program is mandatory for all chapters located in the United States and Canada. A policy limit of $1 million to $3 million is available.

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Academy Agenda

See all the informative fun awaiting you at a typical Chapter Leaders Academy over the course of a weekend.

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10 for 2014 Recognition

Each pilot who flies 10 or more Young Eagles during a calendar year will receive a custom “10 for 2014” lapel pin and will earn Young Eagles credits that can be used to help offset the cost of sending a young person to an EAA Air Academy session in Oshkosh or assist their local Young Eagles and youth outreach programs.

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One Week Wonder

Share the airplane building experience and help us assemble a Zenith CH 750 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Watch the project take shape, add your own "hands-on" moment, and sign the logbook as one of the builders!

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Soaring for Success Speaker Series

A new educational experience at EAA of speakers addressing various topics in the business industry. See Google Executive Darren Pleasance on November 12.

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EAA Sport Aviation

One of EAA’s most popular member benefits, the award-winning monthly magazine covers the full spectrum of association activity.

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Composite Construction

The Composite Construction course is an intensive "hands-on" workshop discussing tools needed, safety aspects of composites, moldless construction to include "hot-wiring," bonding methods for composite kitplanes, etc.

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Scholarships

EAA’s scholarship program encourages, recognizes and supports excellence among those studying the technologies and the skills of aviation. These annual scholarships help outstanding students who demonstrate financial need to accomplish their goals.

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EAA Webinars

Supported by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., EAA Webinars are informative and interactive, allowing the presenter to use slides and audio, while audience members can ask questions, chat, or be polled for their opinion. Registration is required, and space is limited. 

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This Month's Wallpaper

EAA AirVenture volunteer photographer Michael Kelly shot this golden Van's RV-8 during AirVenture 2014. Owned by Kevin Horton, EAA 368058, of Canada, it's painted in the colors of the RCAF Golden Hawks jet demonstration team.

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B-17 Tour Stops

Join us for an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. You won’t want to miss Aluminum Overcast when it visits an airport near you!

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Tri-Motor Tour Stops

Climb aboard one of the first mass-produced airliners and step back in time to aviation’s golden age. A flight on EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor is a flight back to an era where air travel was considered a luxury.

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Visit Pioneer Airport

From May through October, Pioneer Airport gives visitors a unique “living history” re-creation of what airports were like during the early days of air travel. It brings back a time when the magic of flying astounded and charmed the whole world. 

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Your Flight Experience

The biggest question on your mind might be, “So what should I expect on my flight?” Get a glimpse at what you’ll experience when you take your Eagle Flight.

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Your Flight Experience

The biggest question on your mind might be, “So what should I expect on my flight?” Get a glimpse at what you’ll experience when you take your Young Eagles flight.

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EAA Annual Meeting

EAA’s Annual Membership Meeting is held annually at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The 2014 meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, at Theater in the Woods. All EAA members are welcome to attend.

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EAA's Core Values

Inspiring
Welcoming
Passionate

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Paul Poberezny

Paul Poberezny came from humble beginnings, yet he emerged as one of the 20th century's greatest aviation leaders, creating a worldwide aviation organization and the world's largest annual fly-in event, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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News Releases

Get all the official news surrounding EAA and its programs.

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Advertise in Sport Aviation

EAA Sport Aviation contains the broadest editorial content and coverage for recreational aviation today - introductions to new aircraft and innovations, the latest aviation products and services, hands-on and personal experience in the nuts and bolts of aircraft ownership, and so much more.

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Why Exhibit?

AirVenture enables our commercial partners to have an unmatched forum to present their products and services to the most passionate aviation consumers.

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2013 VAA Inductee

Susan Dusenbury, EAA Lifetime 55229, began flying at the age of 15 on a private airport, Overton Field, located near her shared hometowns of Andrews and Pawleys Island in South Carolina.

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Outreach Guidelines

EAA's Community Outreach Guidelines to help coordinate and maximize offerings by providing a defined approach to responding to requests for support of community events; developing a fair and easy process to identify, evaluate, and support efforts of the non-profit community; and developing a process that allows for tracking and quantifying impact.

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EAA HISTORY

Capturing Imagination

There’s an element of excitement associated with the word “airplane” that creates the spirit of adventure. It knows no boundaries and encourages enthusiasm that’s as infectious as it is appealing. It is what has captured the imagination of more than 180,000 individuals who proudly call themselves EAA members.

Paul H. Poberezny: Early Years & Into the War

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"That Eagle was my college education. ... The Eagle took me many places."

Paul Howard Poberezny, the oldest of three children, was born on September 14, 1921, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a Ukrainian immigrant named Peter Poberezny and his Southern belle wife, Jettie Dowdy. They were poor by anyone's standard. Paul grew up in a tar-paper shack in Milwaukee and never even experienced indoor plumbing until he went to school.

"Yes, we were poor, but everyone was poor. My parents loved me. That was all that mattered," Paul often said.

A disinterested student, Paul's first passion in life was aviation. Spurred on by pulp magazine stories of true-life and imaginary heroes of World War I, Paul consumed everything he could about pilots and their aerial exploits. Like many boys of his generation, he built dozens of model aircraft and launched them into the sky. Many of these models crashed, affording Paul the opportunity to rebuild them in preparation for the next flight.

The first time young Paul saw a real airplane was at night. He was so excited that he slept under its wing with the hope of seeing the craft during the day. As the sun rose, he had to go to school and sit in a boring classroom. He impatiently waited all day for classes to end. The bell rang and he dashed back to the field where the plane was parked, only to find that it had returned to the sky.

Fate soon smiled on Paul. His insightful high school history teacher, Homer Tangney, gave Paul the life-changing gift of a battered Waco Primary Glider, with one condition: Paul was required to restore the craft to a flight-worthy status. Without realizing the significance of his gift, Mr. Tangney had just set wings in motion that would change the future of aviation.

Paul made short work of restoring the single-seat glider and soon had it tied to the back of a "tow" car. At 15 years of age Paul had the rare experience of having both his first flight in any type of aircraft and his first solo flight at the same time. Being Paul, he quickly modified the aircraft to his own tastes and replaced the landing skids with wheels as well as many other improvements.

Unbeknownst to Paul, the next great chapter of his life was unfolding just a couple of miles up the road. Audrey Louise Ruesch, born in January 1925, was the only child of Milwaukee auto mechanic Thomas Ruesch and his wife, Lillian. The Rueschs were proud of their daughter and dedicated their lives to ensuring that she was afforded every possible opportunity. Audrey was studious and meticulous in her appearance. She was voted the best-dressed girl in school on several occasions.

Needless to say, Thomas Ruesch was not impressed during his one and only occasion to meet his future son-in-law. As Audrey likes to recall the encounter, "My father told Paul to go home and not to come back until he was dry behind the ears." Audrey adds, "I was not impressed either. He had no outstanding characteristics that would make me notice him. While I took school very seriously, his mind was always elsewhere. While I took pride in my appearance, he apparently did not. I really don't know why I eventually became attracted to him. I think it was his persistence." Audrey's father passed away before he had the opportunity to experience the strength of Paul's character.

Despite the cool beginnings Paul and Audrey's romance began to grow. They spent their time together as most young people of their generation-trips to the county fair, black and white movies, and hamburgers at the local A&W.

Meanwhile Paul's aeronautical skills were also on the rise. He soon advanced to powered aircraft. At age 19, Paul borrowed $250 from his father and bought half-ownership of an American Eagle biplane with a friend. Many years later Paul would learn that his father had to take out a bank loan to give him the money.

"That Eagle was my college education," Paul would often say. "It gave me opportunities to meet people through forced landings; it provided extensive experience in engine and airframe maintenance; and it helped further develop my piloting skills. The Eagle took me many places."