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

Jim Koepnick, EAA Lifetime 222987, captured this 1947 Consolidated Vultee L-13 during AirVenture 2010. The L-13, then owned by Clu Colvin, was featured in the February 2011 issue of Vintage Airplane magazine.

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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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Student Selected for Tubreaux Aviation Flight Training Scholarship

April 29, 2014 - Matthew Callahan, 18-year-old high school senior from Bellevue, Nebraska, is getting the opportunity of a lifetime this June when he’ll travel to Shreveport’s Downtown Airport in Louisiana and learn to fly at Tubreaux Aviation. Matt, EAA 863129, was announced last week as recipient of a complete private pilot training experience offered by Tubreaux to a previous EAA Young Eagle between the ages of 18 and 21. The scholarship includes lodging and transportation to and from Shreveport.

He received the good news via phone call from EAA’s Brian O’Lena, manager of Young Eagles and Youth Pathways when he got home from classes at Bellevue West High School on April 23. “I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Matt said. “I really feel fortunate to be selected for this incredible scholarship.

“I was told to be ready for four weeks of non-stop flying and to expect to solo within a week or so,” he added. “By the Fourth of July I should be a pilot.” While in Shreveport, Matt will live in a hangar apartment provided by Tubreaux Aviation.

“We’re all really excited, and look forward to Matt coming down,” said Jeremy Williams, chief pilot for Tubreaux Aviation. He’s a CFII, MFI, with a commercial seaplane rating and ATP, type-rated on the Citation 500. “We’ll work fast, safely, and hopefully provide him with a wide aviation experience so he learns as much as possible.”

EAA has been a large part of Matt’s life since the end of June 2008 when EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast made a tour stop at Plattsmouth Municipal Airport (PMV), south of Omaha. The Callahans had received a post card announcing the tour stop, and Matt, then 12, had always been interested in airplanes - especially the World War II warbirds. After much cajoling, Kathy recalls, she and husband Bruce, took him to the airport so he could see a Flying Fortress up close. Bruce is a retired 20-year U.S. Air Force officer, who flew on the RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft as an electronic warfare officer. He’s also a private pilot.

What was supposed to be a visit lasting a couple of hours became an all-day affair as Matt could not get enough of the majestic aircraft. EAA tour coordinator Pam Workman, EAA 412822, noticed the young boy’s intense interest in the airplane and asked if he’d like to come back in the morning to help polish it up.

Matt returned the following morning at 7:00…and again the next day. During that time he met several chapter members, even took his first Young Eagle flight in a Piper Cherokee. “That was when I think he decided he wanted to fly,” Kathy said. Sealing the deal was the tour’s offer to allow Matt and his dad to fly in Aluminum Overcast to help fill out one of the tour stop’s final flights.

Suffice to say, that weekend became a turning point in young Matt Callahan’s life.

Soon the family joined EAA, and Matt started to attend chapter meetings. Several members took him under their collective wing, as well as up in their airplanes. Matt has logged flights in several types, including a Comanche, Cessna 172, Aeronca 7AC Champ, and numerous RVs among others. He also attended four EAA Air Academy sessions, flying in several EAA aircraft, and is in the Gen. Curtis Lemay Offutt Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

Kathy served a stint as the chapter’s Young Eagles coordinator. The family has also attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh several times. “We just turn Matt loose in Warbird Alley and ask him to text us when he leaves,” joked Kathy. Indeed, Matt’s goal is to become qualified someday to be a pilot in command of Aluminum Overcast. “He’s passionate about that plane,” Kathy said.

Along with the age requirement, those applying for Tubreaux’s flight training scholarship were required to write a short essay describing why they wanted to fly. Matt wrote that he wanted to share his passion and enthusiasm for flying with others like many of EAA Chapter 80’s pilots who mentored him over the past six years.

“I want to experience the excitement and satisfaction of flying Young Eagles,” Matt wrote. “A goal of mine is to fly EAA’s Aluminum Overcast and bring history to life for younger generations so that no one will ever forget the sacrifices made for our freedom. No matter what kind of aircraft I’m in, every flight is breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and memorable. I want to fly because I cannot imagine my life without flying. It is an integral part of who I am and who I will always be.”

Matt will begin college in the fall at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Aviation Institute where he plans to major in aviation-professional flight and become a professional pilot. If all goes according to plan in Shreveport, he’ll have a pretty good head start on that goal.