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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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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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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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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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

Jonathan Apfelbaum, EAA Lifetime 222561, captured IAC Chapter 12 member Dennis Whitmer’s Yakovlev YAK-55M over the foothills west of Longmont, Colorado.

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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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Volunteer

Join us and be a part of this tradition of excellence, while helping us continue to provide high quality programs and services to our members and visitors.

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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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WHO WE ARE

We Are Aviation

EAA members represent every aspect of aviation and often have multiple interests. We fly them. We fix them. We even build them.

EAA Annual Report

EAA’s mission is to bring people and airplanes together. When we do that, magic can happen. I’m happy to report that EAA had another successful year of providing a genuine aviation experience for thousands of people. We finishedour fiscal year, which ended in February, with more members at a total of 188,161, a positive balance sheet, and progress on helping to make personal flying more available and less of a hassle. 

I credit our positive results to the prudent management of your board of directors because we faced some unexpected headwinds. The biggest surprise was the nearly half-million-dollar bill the FAA handed us for air traffic control services for our annual convention and fly-in at Oshkosh. And the change in policy came just a few months before the big event. 

We had the reserves to weather that turbulence and now have in place a nine-year agreement with the FAA going forward. We are now assured that we can continue to welcome more than 10,000 airplanes to Oshkosh during the week of  convention with no unexpected charges or changes in operating procedures.

The other headwinds we encountered were not surprises. The number of active pilots continues to decline, as does the number of registered private airplanes of all types. The average age of pilots and airplanes is still increasing. But EAA has developed strategies to stabilize, and I believe even reverse, the negative trends we have been tracking for many years. 

Our Young Eagles program continues to be aviation’s most prominent and effective way to introduce young people to flying. We are closing in on 2 million Young Eagles flown, all by EAA members who volunteer their airplanes and flying skills. I can’t thank all you enough for your care and giving to the next generation.

EAA is also working very effectively to make it easier for already certificated pilots to keep flying by lobbying for reform in third-class medical certification. This has been a long struggle, but our efforts are paying off. The FAA has announced new rules are being developed that will allow very expanded types of private flying using a driver’s license instead of a third-class medical. The proposed rule changes have not been published as I write this, but I am convinced the changes will be significant and welcome.
  
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, our annual fly-in, remains the single largest aviation event in the world and brings together more people and airplanes for one week than at any other place or time. Oshkosh not only shows the beauty and thrill of flying to hundreds of thousands, but also reignites the flying passion in all of us. As you can see in the financial statements in this report, Oshkosh is key to supporting all other EAA activities throughout the year.

The EAA AirVenture Museum continues to contain and display the premier collection of historic airplanes in many categories, telling the story of aviation from the first gliding and powered flights by the Wright brothers to the first privately designed and built spacecraft. EAA also takes flying history on the road with our faithfully restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast and our Ford Tri-Motor flying the country offering rides. Touring the two historic airplanes is a significant investment in keeping aviation history alive, but your directors are convinced it’s worth the cost for as long as we can keep the airplanes operating.

As I review the solid results of a challenging year, I am once again reminded that none of this would be possible without the generous volunteer work of thousands of EAAers. Everything from buildings and grounds maintenance to flying Young Eagles is done by volunteers, and your board of directors and I can’t thank each of you enough for your dedication.

Jack Pelton Signature