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 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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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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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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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 AIR ACADEMY

Dreams Start Here

Get completely immersed in the world of flight at the EAA Air Academy, where young people build the foundation for a lifelong love of aviation.

More Information on EAA Air Academy

Where is the Air Academy?

The EAA Air Academy is located on the EAA campus, 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086, and the shipping address is 3130 Knapp Street Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902.

How do I apply for the EAA Air Academy?

There are two ways to apply: online or by mail. Just pick the method that is easiest for you. Both ways require contact information for you and a parent (or guardian), answers to four questions about why you want to come to the Air Academy, and a camp deposit. Sometimes an EAA chapter or another group will sponsor a camper. If this is the case, please make sure your application is sent in either by you or the EAA chapter.

How can I get financial assistance to come to the Air Academy?

About half of Air Academy campers participate with the help of a local EAA chapter. The chapter may pay part or all of your expenses. Each chapter determines how much they can pay.  Young Eagles pilots can earn credits that can help with the cost of camp. If you know some of these pilots, you may ask them. These are often used by EAA chapters to sponsor students. You send these credits to the Air Academy as part of your payment. 

You may also apply for scholarship assistance. This should be sent in with your camp application, if possible. EAA scholarships are usually partial, although we sometimes have a donor who will cover more. Also check with your school’s guidance counselor, scout troop, or Civil Air Patrol group to see if they have funds to help pay your costs.

What happens after I apply?

After you have been accepted, you will receive a package containing your acceptance letter and additional forms to complete. These forms need to be returned to the Air Academy no later than 35 days before the camp begins. One of these forms is a physical exam form, which needs to be signed by a doctor, dated within 24 months of the start date of camp. You will also need to complete the first three pages of the form. For the fourth page, you may substitute a photocopy of a sports or school or other physical form, as long as it is dated in the 24 months before the camp. If the camp is full, you may be placed on a waiting list for any possible openings.

How big is the camp?

Each camp has a maximum of 56 participants per session. The Air Academy staff usually has about 16 instructors, counselors and pilots. The Advanced Air Academy adds 10 to 12 workshop instructors during those two sessions.

Do I have to find a hotel in Oshkosh and transportation?

No. You’ll be staying in the EAA Air Academy Lodge (link to Lodge page). On special occasions we use the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Dorms and Conference Center for additional rooms (usually during AirVenture). All transportation in and around EAA and the Air Academy campus is provided by EAA vehicles.

What is the Lodge?

The Air Academy is a resident camp, so you stay at the Lodge the entire time of your camp. The Lodge building was built in 1998 specifically for the Air Academy. You will share your bunkroom with up to three other people. Bedding is supplied, so you don’t need to bring your own.

How do I get to the Air Academy?

Campers come from all over the U.S., Canada, and sometimes other countries. Many are driven here by their families. Others come by air. If you arrive in a private plane, they may land at Wittman Regional Airport, and call the Lodge from either the Basler FBO. Our staff will pick you up. If you fly in on a commercial airline, we ask that you fly into Appleton, Wisconsin (ATW). We offer a free shuttle to Appleton. If you must fly into Green Bay, Wisconsin (GRB), we will pick you up and return you there for a $80 fee, which covers both trips. So how will we know if we have to pick you up? You’ll let us know on the travel form included with your acceptance package.

My parents are driving me, and want to stay in the area while I’m at camp.

Oshkosh, Fond du Lac (20 minutes south), and Appleton (20 minutes north) all have multiple hotels and motels for them to stay at. This can be difficult during AirVenture or the week before it, but not usually a problem the rest of the time.

Which camp do I attend?

The camps are divided by age, not experience. You sign up for the correct camp session for the age you will be at the time of the camp. If you are within four weeks of the age for the next camp level, you may apply for that camp.

Tell me about the food.

The Air Academy takes great pride in providing an outstanding food service. The Air Academy Lodge has a commercial kitchen and Certified Food Service Staff and Cooks who prepare home-style meals during your stay. You eat family-style in the dining area of the Great Room in the Lodge.

I have a special diet/food allergies/am a vegetarian.

Just let us know about any diet needs on the green ACA medical form, so our cooks will be prepared in advance for your special food needs.

Can I bring my own snacks?

You don’t need to bring any snacks, as our cooks provide plenty of healthy snacks and drinks.

What about soda/pop?

We do not provide soda as a beverage option. Juice, milk, water or lemonade is available at meals.

I am on medications. How do you handle that?

Your parents (or guardian) will list these, your dosage and times, on the green medical form. You will bring them in the original medicine bottle in a small plastic bag. At check-in, we will put it with the other medications in the office, and one of the staff will dispense it at the correct times. Diabetic and other medication will be refrigerated, if needed. Emergency inhalers or EpiPens can be carried with you, but we need to know you have them. Your parents (or guardian) also need to sign the emergency treatment section on the health form, so our staff can take you to a nearby hospital if you become sick or hurt.

Can I come if I have special needs?

Please discuss this with our Director of Museum and Resident Education or the camp director to see if we are able to meet your special needs.

What about my cell phone/iPod/electronics?

You will be required to turn these in at the office when you arrive. You may use them during your free time, but not carry them with you.

Is there a curfew?

Yes, we do have a curfew. The daily schedule is packed full of great programs and activities. You’ll have a busy week and we need to make sure everyone gets enough rest to enjoy their Air Academy experience.

What do I need to bring?

You will get a list in your acceptance package. Some of the items on the list are: a towel and washcloth, soap, shampoo, casual clothes, a light jacket, closed toe shoes for in the shop and outside activities, etc. You do not need to bring a sleeping bag or pillow.

How much money do I need to bring?

Most campers like to visit the Museum Gift Shop during their stay, so $20-50 is usually sufficient. Also, if you are traveling, you may need some money at airports for meals. Those who are here during AirVenture usually bring a little more because of all the vendors on the AV grounds. Some bring prepaid cash cards or travelers’ checks. There is not a cash machine in the museum or lodge. We can hold your money in the office safe if you wish.

What are the bathrooms/showers like?

There are separate men and women’s bathrooms on the upper level of the Lodge. There are individual showers with a curtained dressing area for each.

When do I need to arrive? When do I leave?

You should plan to arrive on the first day of the camp, preferably between noon and 4 PM. You leave in the morning of the last day.  So if the camp were listed as June 15-19, you would arrive on the 15th, and depart on the 19th.

Is there a closing program that my parents need to attend?

No, that would not be practical, since so many campers are here from long distances. On the last night of camp, there is a program, but it is just for the campers and staff.

I am arriving or departing during AirVenture. How do I get through security?

Those who will be arriving or departing during AirVenture will receive a special map which will allow them to drive to the Lodge.

Will I get to fly an airplane?

Weather permitting, yes, you will go up in an airplane (a Cessna 162 Skycatcher or 172 Skyhawk) and be able to take the controls if you wish under the guidance of one of our pilots. You will not be able to take off or land the airplane. You will also have the chance to take a ride in a Bell 47 Helicopter (weather permitting).

I’d like to work as a counselor or intern at the Air Academy.

Information on internships is available here. For other inquiries, please call 888-322-3229.