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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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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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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September Swing

Relive the excitement and glamour of the big band era at September Swing, a 1940s-style hangar dance featuring the sights and sounds of Ladies Must Swing.

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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

EAA AirVenture volunteer photographer Michael Kelly shot this golden Van's RV-8 during AirVenture 2014. Owned by Kevin Horton, EAA 368058, of Canada, it's painted in the colors of the RCAF Golden Hawks jet demonstration team.

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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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Chapter 944 - 25 Years of Flying on Combined Strengths

Submitted by EAA Chapter 944

July 8, 2014 - In 1989, Chillicothe, Missouri, residents Kevin Golden and Jack Hickey saw the potential for a local EAA chapter. They organized an initial meeting which drew several people who had an interest in aviation. There seemed to be no hesitation about our decision to form a local EAA chapter. Our beginning “climb out” as a chapter had the usual flight-to-solo excitement as we made our way into a “pattern.”

Jack was the first chapter president, and many of our early meetings were held in his garage. Newsletters were written by Jack and Kevin (vice president) and were mailed out to each member. After Jack passed away, we began holding meetings at different locations of other members.

In the early 1990s, Slim and Holly Caselman made their home and hangar available to us for meetings. Use of their grass airstrip turned our summer meetings into small fly-ins. The Caselmans also started a “winter picnic” that included out-of-state guests and speakers. When they could no longer continue the winter picnics, chapter members pitched in and made it a group function for quite some time.

As the membership grew, Chapter 944 conducted well-attended outings to the Airpower Museum in Blakesburg, Iowa, the TWA Museum at the downtown airport in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum in Marshall, Missouri.

We started to help out with local fly-ins since we had pilots and planes available. Chapter members began flying Young Eagles at the Brookfield (Missouri) Fly-In. We soon began to host our own Young Eagles events while still continuing our support for other area fly-ins.

The Chillicothe Airport built a new terminal building that was dedicated, the Richard L. West Terminal Building, and the chapter attended its dedication on January 12, 2002. West is a local World War II “Double Ace” P-38 pilot. The chapter made a permanent meeting place in the old terminal office. Our new meeting place required lots of remodeling. Chapter President Bob Unternaehrer, Vice President Doyle Leppin, and at-large members Bill Singer and Pat O’Donnell were key to this effort and were assisted by a host of volunteers from the chapter.

In 2003, Chapter 944 President Dyle Wilson was recognized at Oshkosh as Flightline Volunteer of the Year. Dyle has been Chapter 944 president since 2002. He was also recognized recently by his employer for his dedication as a volunteer in the community.

With financial support from the community, we grew in strength over the years. Our fly-in, held each August, revolves around Young Eagle flights. Chillicothe’s American Legion and VFW Posts, including chapter member Larry Warren, raise the flag to start the day. The national anthem is sung by a local volunteer. The fly-in includes a breakfast and many raffle items donated by local businesses. Groups also set up booths for displaying information.

Kids are normally lined up waiting for their Young Eagles rides. We have several volunteer pilots who fly the kids while ground volunteers marshal them safely from the staging area to the airplanes. These fly-ins have turned into a popular local event, drawing large crowds every year. Local support has been fantastic and is largely due to some outstanding volunteers, such as Cathie Hamilton and Karen Kay Summerville, who work within our communities to promote the spirit of aviation.

Several years ago, we started a Solo Flight Scholarship program that provides financial assistance for flight instruction to deserving applicants. Our chapter became a 501(c)3 organization in 2009, and we expanded the education program to include sending young people to EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh. We plan to commemorate each flight scholarship and Air Academy recipient by displaying a list with their names in our meeting room.

To date, nearly 2,000 Young Eagles have flown with the pilots in our organization. One outstanding individual, Doyle Leppin, has flown 645 kids, along with countless “Silver Eagle” flights including a woman in her nineties that finally enjoyed her first airplane ride. Doyle was also recognized by the Young Eagles program for flying 53 kids in one month - more than anywhere else in the United States.

We have lost members along the way who also contributed greatly to our group success, but our “flight” continues. We have a plaque on the wall in our chapter house with the names of our members who have “gone west.”

With the support of our community and volunteers who do whatever it takes, we should continue to have a smooth flight into the future.