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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Let’s Have a Summer of Fun and Safe Flying

By Bob Mackey, EAA 90532, EAA Insurance Solutions administered by Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

May 7, 2014 - Summer is just around the corner and that means more flying and fun. I’ve read a lot of reports about accidents that have occurred during the summer flying season, and the most frequent cause is some type of pilot error.

With that in mind, here are some tips that can help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable summer of flying.

Proficiency: How much have you flown in the past six months? 10 hours? Maybe 20? The larger question is, are you proficient? It doesn’t make any difference if you are flying VFR or IFR, there is no substitute for proficiency.

Before heading out on that vacation cross-country flight, call the local flight school or an instructor you’ve used before and schedule two or three hours of recurrent training. In addition, go over your travel plans with your instructor. Who knows? Your instructor may have previous experience where you’re heading and may offer some useful suggestions.

Planning: You might be flying into an airport you’ve never been to before, or you may plan to stop at one or two “new-to-you” airports along the way. Take the time to learn as much as possible about these unfamiliar airports.

What about your airplane? Is it ready for your trip? Even if the annual inspection is months away, make sure your airplane is in tip-top shape. There’s a whole list of things you can do to make sure your airplane is ready. You might even ask your mechanic to give your airplane a once over. Again, one phone call, a little planning, and you’ll be less likely to have problems during your trip.

Baggage: When was the last time you loaded your airplane to full gross weight? Or carefully did weight-and-balance calculations for your airplane at gross weight? Now factor in flying into a few airports that you’ve never been to before, perhaps with a runway that is shorter or narrower than you’re used to. These factors can put you in a position you haven’t been in before or at least for some time.

Why not ship some of that stuff to your destination? You can send much of what you want to bring with you, then only need to load a couple of small bags in your airplane. The shipping expense will be offset by the weight savings and help you completely avoid the full gross weight issue.

Pilot fatigue: Don’t let fatigue drag you down! Both your trip out and your trip back should be planned so that you will have plenty of time and options. Trying to make it home, with or without weather issues, is prime time for fatigue and can lead to bad decision-making. Fatigue and “get home-itis” are a bad combination. The prescription is simple…rest, planning, and options. If the weather is a factor, stay one or two more days if you have to.

Airplane insurance: Are there any restrictions or exclusions in your insurance that may prohibit coverage based on where you will be flying? For example, if you’re planning to fly outside the United States, you need the appropriate Certificates of Insurance. There are two ways you can be sure your airplane insurance is intact. One, read your policy. Two, let your insurance agent know what your travel plans are and ask if there may be any insurance coverage issues. You can also ask your agent to provide the Certificates of Insurance as needed for your trip.

One final thought: Make sure you have contact information for your insurance company and agent in case something happens and you need assistance. Ask your agent what you should do if something happens. Face it, no one wants to think about the possibility of something going wrong, but you should plan appropriately for this possibility.

Have fun this summer! I hope you get to take many fun trips with your airplane and that each one goes as planned. Just keep in mind, planning is the best way to have fun and enjoy safe flying!

EAA is dedicated to making personal aviation attainable and affordable. The insurance plans available through the EAA Insurance Solutions are designed meet the needs of EAA Members. Regardless of what insurance you need look into the EAA Insurance Solutions at EAA.org/insurance, or call us at 866-647-4322. When you insure through EAA Insurance Solutions you are supporting EAA Youth and Safety Programs. EAA Insurance Solutions is administered by Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc. the official Insurance Agency for EAA.