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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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Your Flight Experience

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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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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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RV-9A Rebuild - The Paint Job

From Bits & Pieces Newsletter, August Issue

By Ian Brown

Half Decent but Far From Perfect Horizontal Stabilizer
August 14, 2014 - Technique is everything.  Painting an aircraft, or a car or even that old china cabinet, like building an aircraft, is a sequence of steps, one after the other, where each step must be completed satisfactorily before you proceed to the next one.  How do I know this?  By making every mistake it's possible to make and learning from them!

I had painted cars in my teens with some instruction from an older guy who was basically getting free labour in exchange for hours and hours of work. Wow, that's fortyfive years ago!  Maybe that explains why I'd forgotten most of the key features of doing a good job relatively quickly.  Many of you have painted your aircraft but some may be planning to do this for the first time, so this is an attempt at providing some “beginner experiences” that you might find useful.

  • Perfection carries through from one coat to the next. Ditto imperfection.
  • Take the time - and use very good lighting - to spot and correct every defect before proceeding. This includes feathering any filled spots before the first coat.
  • Learn how to set up the gun and do a test pattern before every session. YouTube helps.
  • As a first-timer, you will almost certainly get runs and sags. Don’t wait until they dry; wick them off with a fine artist’s paintbrush dipped in thinner, or lightly wipe with a lint-free cloth. It’s a lot easier to wet-sand what you’re left with, and you’ll wait forever for runs to dry.
  • Position your stance so you make the full passage across the area you are painting without having to move your legs. Rehearse the pass before you start.
  • If you use a respirator mask, snug it up tight immediately before you start pulling the trigger.
  • Spray edges and odd surfaces first to make the final passes straight and well overlapped.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s technical data sheet on flash-off time, pot life, and times between coats. Ask for these when you buy your paint or search for them online. Don’t just ask a friend. He may not know your product.
  • The total time it takes to do a good job is shortest with multiple light, even coats since drying time is much longer than spraying time if you apply coats too thick. Three thin coats dry a lot faster than one thick coat. Don’t apply too much paint at one time.
  • Make sure the workspace is clear of obstructions, well lit, and well ventilated.
  • Use a tack rag immediately before spraying each coat to thoroughly remove any dust particles.
  • Too much thinner in the paint or too much paint can make the previous coat craze. The only solution to this is stripping it off and starting again.

I used a self-etching primer on bare metal, after applying an acid based Alumiprep coating and rinsing thoroughly.  I used a two part urethane for the solid white and a pearl base coat/two part clearcoat for the empennage where I wanted a red that wouldn't fade.  My paint store guru told me that any red would fade unless it's under a UV blocking clearcoat.

To requote Theodore Roosevelt from Brady Lane's excellent article “Oshkosh or Bust” in the May issue of Sport Aviation, “there is no effort without error”.  He also said something to the effect that you don't succeed by being in the audience but by getting “bloody in the arena” which is how I looked when the red paint I was using tried, and hopefully failed, to flood my sinuses through the sides of the respirator I was using.

I hope you get some value out of these ramblings of a rank amateur.  Maybe some day we'll get an article from a real expert painter, or even a series.  I spoke to one just yesterday!  My conclusion, after trying this myself might be to do all the prep, and then befriend an expert!  Technique is everything and there are people who have it already conquered.