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

This Piel  Beryl, a CP.750 taildragger variant, is owned and flown by Randy Weselmann, EAA Lifetime 150639. It was photographed in the skies of Wisconsin by EAA volunteer photographer Tyson V. Rininger during AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. 

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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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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.

Tony Bingelis Award Guidelines

The Tony Bingelis Award recognizes EAA technical counselors for dedicated service and/or significant contributions in assisting members to build and restore aircraft. Recipients of the Tony Bingelis Award are carefully chosen by a committee of their peers as outstanding examples of people whose contributions have positively affected members’ aircraft building or restoration projects.

Goals

  • Recognize select EAA Technical Counselors who have endeavored to educate and encourage fellow EAA members with the aircraft projects;
  • Provide for an appropriate forum in which to celebrate the recipients and present their award;
  • Commemorate the honorees with a permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Eligibility

  • Nominees must have been an active and current technical counselor for at least five consecutive years.
  • Nominees must be submitted by others for consideration via the formal application process.
  • Nominees must have achieved and demonstrated significant contributions in the education and facilitation of aircraft building projects such as:
    • Promoting builder education through publications, visits to aircraft projects, chapter meetings and air shows Promoting aviation safety
    • Promoting the benefits as well as maintaining the standards of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Nominees are open to any eligible candidate, living or deceased.

Nominations

Invitations for nominations for the Tony Bingelis Award are announced via EAA media and direct communication with the EAA chapters and technical counselors.

Any EAA chapter or EAA member in good standing may initiate a nomination by contacting EAA headquarters, request the Tony Bingelis Award packet, and submit a qualifying candidate.

Nominations to the Tony Bingelis Award must be submitted to the EAA Safety Programs office on the Tony Bingelis Award Nominations Form, along with any other supporting documentation, by February 1 of each year.

Nominations to the Tony Bingelis Award postmarked after February 1 of each year will be considered for the following year.

Judging Criteria

Nominees for the Tony Bingelis Award must have achieved and demonstrated significant contributions to education and facilitation of homebuilt aircraft projects. A panel of 5 judges scores each nominee on a scale of 1 to 10 in specific categories, as listed below. Please remember that only the information submitted to the judges is used to rate each nominee. The more information you submit for each category, the better score a nominee may receive.

  1. Promoting Builder Education
  • Publications
  • Visits to Aircraft Projects
  • Chapter Meetings
  • Work at Air Shows (i.e. forums, workshops)
  • Leadership Among Peers (Other Technical Counselors)
  1. Promoting Overall Aviation Safety
  2. Promoting the Benefits and Standards of EAA

Selection Process

Evaluation Criteria

  • Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of achievements and/or contributions of major significance to aircraft building and restoration; Inductees will be selected no later than May 1st of each year.

Selection Committee

  • The Tony Bingelis Award selection committee will be appointed annually by the EAA staff.
  • The selection committee shall consist of no more than five members, who are selected from EAA technical counselor ranks, one representative may be the previous year’s winner(s).
  • The selection committee chairperson will be selected by staff.
  • Selection committee members may not be a candidate for the award themselves or submit a candidate’s name for consideration for the award.

Award Presentation(s)

In order to ensure the high status associated with the Tony Bingelis Award and to preserve the long-term integrity of the potential pool of inductees, as well as to contain costs associated with such awards, no more than two inductees will be awarded during any given year.

The inductees (or their heirs/or representatives as appropriate) will be notified no later than May 31 each year. Coordination of the awards and ceremonies with EAA staff will be handled by the selection committee chairperson.

The award ceremony will be held during EAA AirVenture. Admission and lodging for two nights to attend AirVenture will be provided by EAA to the award winner and their spouse or guest (or to an heir and/or representative as appropriate).

Revisions

These Tony Bingelis Award guidelines are subject to review and/or revision as directed by the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council.