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

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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

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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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Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.

Bits & Pieces Newsletter - May 2014

By Amy Johnson, EAA 1087419, and Aaron Doherty, EAA 1004132

Every spring, the aviation students at Providence University College aviation program plan a cross-country flight for spring break. Commonly referred to simply as the “Prov Trip”, it spans over 4,000 nautical miles, across nine states, and one province - all in fewer than two weeks. This year, three students building time toward commercial licences made the trek in a Piper Warrior, C-FEIN. Our instructor came along to help us, but none of the flights were logged as dual. Each student shared in the pilot-in-command time.

Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.
A selfie for the record

Aaron Doherty, our instructor, took the picture. Luke Kim is sitting next to him looking cool in sunglasses. Candice Wiebe is in the back on the left and Amy Johnson is next to her on the right. We battled weather, mountain waves, and turbulence all the way from Steinbach, Manitoba, across the American plains, down through Arizona, and eventually, Los Angeles, California.

On this trip there were two things that we did fairly well - and frequently. The first was “hurry up and wait”. The second was “hurry up and go, and go really fast”. The trip started off with a lot of hurrying up and waiting. The plane was cleaned, fueled, and packed, but a persistent snowstorm prevented us from getting the early start we would have liked and held us up a full day.

While following the same cold front the next day, we were again forced to stop and wait for it to slowly move out of our way. The stopping and waiting was worth it, though, because we made it to Valentine, Nebraska, before dark. There we were provided with a courtesy car for the night and took the opportunity to visit an old train bridge built in 1909.

Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.
Old trestle bridge in Valentine, Nebraska

Later in the trip we saw another similar piece of architecture, almost of the same vintage. While waiting for a minor repair to be completed on the airplane, we spent the day touring the Pacific Coast Highway near Los Angeles. This took us to the Santa Monica Pier, which was also built almost a hundred years ago. The splintering boardwalk definitely took a toll on our bare feet!

Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.
Amy, Luke, and Candice at Santa Monica Pier

The uneven surface of the pier reminded us of the bumpy ride it took to reach Los Angeles, and the mountains that we would have to cross once again on the way home. Being “flatlanders”, we found that mountain waves aren’t something that we’re accustomed to. It was one thing to learn the theory behind them, but actually experiencing them was another story altogether.

One of the more notable differences between flying in Manitoba and flying in Arizona was the Warrior’s performance capabilities. In Steinbach on a typical March day, taking off from a 3,000-foot runway even fully loaded isn’t a huge deal. Sure, it takes a little bit longer. But you’re always fairly confident that eventually it will climb, and it does!

When the runway is 5,000 feet higher and the temperature in the high twenties, however, the density altitude makes that “easy” takeoff entirely different. Again, this was something that we knew about in theory coming into the trip, but it didn’t entirely prepare us for what seemed like a 25-feet-per-minute climb out of places such as Deming, New Mexico, Blythe, California, and the Grand Canyon.

Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.
Our Warrior dwarfed by a T-28 in Deming

Near the middle of our trip, we took an extra day to visit the Grand Canyon, and let me tell you, pictures do not do this place justice. The first view over the rim is breathtaking.

Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.
Luke takes the trail down into the Grand Canyon.

The temperature was perfect for hiking and the skies were clear as we headed down below the rim with hopes to make it at least halfway to the bottom. At first we figured that it would be easy…that is, on the way down. When we looked behind us, however, and saw how far back up we had to go, our legs felt as though we were caught in a mountain downdraft and figured it would have been easier just to keep going down. Unfortunately we would have had to carry overnight gear down with us, and we would have exceeded the weight limit in the Warrior if we had brought it. It turns out the rest of the descent is actually a lot easier than the first half. Maybe next time!

Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.
Banning Pass - 80 miles east of L.A.

This is a view of the pass named after Phineas Banning, who is often called the “Father of the Port of Los Angeles”. He was an entrepreneur who opened up L.A. and developed the port into one of the largest in the world.

Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.
Redlands - near San Bernadino

Overall, our experience in New Tribes Mission, Arizona, was probably the friendliest. The people there gave us a tour of a historic western town called Tombstone, and they got us within 15 miles of the Mexico/U.S. border. They also put us up for the night in a comfortable guest house, which beat any hotel room, and spent the entire day treating us like old friends. It was nice to be able to spend a relaxing day wandering around and enjoying the Arizona sunshine as opposed to four people in a small airplane for 60 hours!

Trip From Steinbach, Manitoba, to L.A.
Of course, we had to document our “Prov Trip” to Santa Monica Beach.

On the way home we experienced one of the strongest headwinds that any of us had ever encountered. Traveling south we averaged a ground speed of about 115 knots. Traveling north we were getting less than 50 at times. Instead of taking us three hours to get to Moore County, Texas, it took us three hours to get to Clovis, Texas (about halfway) where we made an unplanned fuel stop, and then another three hours to finally reach our destination! Most pilots would look at that and scowl, but since we were building time, it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience.

Our hard work as a team really started to show on the last couple days coming home. We worked like a well-oiled machine. Fuel stops were a breeze, taking as little as 15 minutes to refuel, flight plan, and grab a quick snack from a vending machine. When we arrived back in Steinbach, we were greeted with warm smiles, “welcome backs”, and a ton of eager questions.

It was nice to see some familiar faces again and eat a home-cooked meal. With memories created and putting the many learned theories into practice, we returned to Providence the next day to finish the last semester of school.