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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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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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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C-PLAN

Canadian EAA Members can now enjoy affordable, extensive liability and aircraft hull coverage through C-PLAN, an offering within the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan. Underwritten by Global Aerospace, C-PLAN has coverage for standard, ultralight, amateur-built, and kitplane 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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Hints for Homebuilders

Watch EAA’s collection of more than 300 “Hints” on all aspects of building or restoring.

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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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Member Swap Day, July 6

Are you a member of EAA AirVenture Museum, Paine Art Center and Gardens, or Oshkosh Public Museum? Members of them will be able to enjoy free admission to all of these Oshkosh-area museums on Sunday, July 6.

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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

Sean D. Tucker, Young Eagles chairman, performs in his Oracle Challenger III during the Tuesday air show at AirVenture 2014. Shot by volunteer photographer Spencer Thornton.

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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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Directions to Media Check-In

Get driving directions to the AirVenture check-in facility.

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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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HOMEBUILDERS

Dream It. Build It. Fly It.

A tradition that began with the Wright brothers continues today with you. The art of building an aircraft is the stuff of dreams. Until, that is, you build it and take to the sky.

Additional Information on EAA Technical Counselors

EAA's Technical Counselors program, originally developed in 1965 as the Designee Program, is aimed at providing experienced builders to help you make the right choices during construction. With nearly 1,100 technical counselors available, and the majority of them associated with a chapter, there is probably a technical counselor right in your area!

What is a technical counselor?
A volunteer aviation education counselor who, when asked to do so by an amateur/custom aircraft builder, shares his knowledge, expertise and experience in order to assist the builder with the project.

What are the qualifications for a technical counselor?
First, one must be an EAA member. We have other qualifications, which are listed below. Renowned homebuilder Tony Bingelis put it well when he said, "Possibly one of the best qualifications for a technical counselor is his ability to listen." This is very true, but a counselor must also:

  • Have built an amateur-built aircraft or ultralight, or
  • Have restored an antique/classic aircraft, or
  • Be an A&P, IA, DAR, DER or aerospace engineer (U.S. ratings, other countries equivalents of these ratings are also acceptable), with hands-on experience with any amateur-built aircraft, warbird, or vintage aircraft.

Why does EAA have a technical counselors program?
To ensure that a well-constructed, airworthy aircraft is presented to the FAA for final approval and to encourage the self-help nature of our organization as well as to pass on aviation knowledge to promote safety. We also strive to maintain the excellent reputation that the amateur-built program has earned. The Technical Counselor program has been a very effective way of doing this.

Who is the typical technical counselor?
The average age of a technical counselor is 57 years old, the oldest being 80 and youngest, 27. On the average, a technical counselor visits various aircraft approximately twelve to thirteen times per year, presents an occasional technical program in their local chapter, and on occasion, sends technical information to EAA Headquarters for possible publication. About 62% of the technical counselors are aircraft builders, having completed 1.9 aircraft each. About 70% have completely restored an aircraft and over 95% have either built an aircraft, completely restored an aircraft or hold A&P licenses.

How many technical counselors are A&P mechanics?
About 50% are A&P mechanics.

Does the technical counselor sign logbooks?
The technical counselor must not sign off any logbook or document indicating an official inspection or judgment of airworthiness. To do so may abridge the authority of the Federal Aviation Administration.

My FAA office wants my technical counselor to sign my builder’s logbook.
A technical counselor must not sign logbooks. If they are an A&P, IA, DAR, etc., they may sign logbooks in that capacity, but not in an official capacity as an EAA technical counselor. The Advisory Circular 20-27D is explicit in this regard; the builder signs their own log.

Can a technical counselor approve design changes?
It is not the policy of EAA and its technical counselors to design or redesign aircraft, components or parts thereof. This is outside the guidelines of the EAA Technical Counselors program. Any design changes or changes from the original drawings of the designer are outside the parameter of the program, and would be between the builder and the designer. A technical counselor should recommend good aeronautical construction practices.

I want to modify an aircraft. Can the technical counselor help?
No. Their function is to ensure compliance with the plans. Any modifications to plans must be by agreement between builder and designer only.

Can a technical counselor work on or test-fly an airplane that they visit?
If a technical counselor works on an aircraft that they visit or test fly the aircraft, either for free or for a fee, they are acting on their own behalf, and not in their capacity as an EAA technical counselor.

My skill is in a special area, can I be a technical counselor?
All technical counselors are expected to have a good grasp of basic aircraft mechanics. In addition, an individual may have expertise in a specific area over and above that which would be considered average for his qualifications. Passing on these special talents would be beneficial to builders working on that type of aircraft. These talents will be noted on technical counselor information sent out to builders.

Does a technical counselor charge for their services?
There shall be no fees charged for an EAA technical counselor’s educational help in assisting a builder by visiting his project. Any remuneration for travel or lodging between an EAA technical counselor and a builder desiring their recommendations is between the builder and the technical counselor.

Can a technical counselor combine their volunteer work as a technical counselor and their work for pay as an A&P?
No. The technical counselor is a non-paid volunteer, as described.

Are there any benefits to being an EAA technical counselor?
One of the benefits is receiving the technical counselor newsletter which is filled with technical tips and information and is issued six times per year. However, the main benefit is derived from the passing on of knowledge on aircraft building and safety practices so that others can complete an airworthy project.

Is the EAA technical counselor protected by insurance?
The EAA technical counselor is insured for any legal liability presented against them while operating only within the policies of EAA and its efforts to ensure safety in aviation.

What activities must an EAA technical counselor perform to maintain his active status?
Visit three aircraft per year, or provide three chapter programs per year, or send three articles, with or without photographs, to EAA Headquarters for consideration for publication per year, or any combination of three of the above. They may also work as a volunteer at AirVenture or other EAA regional fly-ins in a technical counselor capacity at the Homebuilders Corner, workshops, etc. They must document this activity every other year on a revalidation form, which is sent out to all technical counselors. This form must be returned to EAA Headquarters to maintain their status in the program.