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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Hops & Props

Spend an evening sampling more than 250 extraordinary beverages from around the world at Hops & Props, a fine food and beverage-tasting event held annually in March.  

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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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First Eagle Flight Pilot

New pilot satisfies long-held desire to fly

September 11, 2013 - Ever since he was growing up in Los Angeles, Brian Lewis knew he wanted to fly. He fondly remembers family outings at LAX where they'd park near the end of the runway at night to marvel at the big planes taking off and landing.

Lewis, now 54 and living in Cottonwood, Arizona, finally realized his dream of becoming a pilot this year thanks in large part to EAA's year-old Eagle Flights program. He went up with Dale Williams, EAA 1058739, in Williams' Cessna Cardinal (177B) for an Eagle Flight on November 27, 2012, and this past July Lewis became the first "Eagle" to earn a pilot certificate.

After that initial flight and others with Williams, Lewis started flight training in April this year, taking advantage of Williams' generous offer to use his Cardinal. On May 19, with just in excess of nine hours logged, he soloed for the first time, quickly followed by his dual cross-country and solo cross-country in June.

Lewis' instructor was Edward Kalabus Sr., a retired 767 captain with US Airways who flew internationally. Lewis called Kalabus "an amazing man and instructor. He had a lot of confidence in me and was truly inspirational in me achieving this goal."

When they started flight training, Kalabus would fly his Christen Eagle from Prescott (PRC) to Cottonwood. Later Lewis flew to PRC to pick up Kalabus.

On July 30, and with 42.7 flight training hours logged, Lewis passed his checkride to earn his private pilot certificate. He also scored 100 percent on the FAA written exam.

Williams, EAA 1058739, also of Cottonwood, recalled the FAA examiner commenting, "Nobody gets their license with 42 hours!"

"I'm just extremely proud," Williams said. "It's been very rewarding to see Brian do so well, and so quickly."

Williams adds that he feels his late-in-life involvement in EAA's flight mentoring programs (he's also flown double-digit Young Eagles) allows him to give back some of what aviation has given him over the years. Williams earned his private ticket in 1954, and got involved in flying through the Civil Air Patrol where he advanced to the rank of cadet commander.

Lewis, now an elementary school teacher, was previously a police officer. He earned wings of a different sort - motorcycle wings - while serving, but he also fed his aviation appetite by flying virtually with X-Plane flight simulator. Becoming very proficient, Lewis feels his advanced sim experience gave him a leg up when actual flight training began.

His fast-track to flight over the past year was actually ignited by another EAA program - Young Eagles. That's how he met Williams, who set up an exhibit at Cottonwood Municipal's Airport Fest in 2011. Lewis' son, Tyler, signed up to take a flight with Williams, 79, who's been flying for 60 years.

Williams and Lewis eventually became good friends, with Williams taking Lewis' daughter Kaitlynn for her Young Eagles flight, as well as flying his wife Brenda on an Eagle Flight. They're all EAA members now, as Lewis, EAA 1103446, took out a family membership.

With 53 hours in his logbook, Lewis looks forward to what he calls "the best flying weather of the year" - although in Arizona, it's pretty good throughout the year. He also plans to buy his own airplane someday.

Lewis is certain his son Tyler, now 14, will be a pilot some day. After his Young Eagles flight with Williams, Tyler completed the online Sporty's Learn to Fly course. There's been talk of getting into gliders until he starts flight training himself. Otherwise it's a pretty good bet father and son will fly together whenever they can.

On the day Lewis passed his checkride (July 30), Kalabus received a call from his son; he had just landed in Oshkosh during AirVenture for the first time, and Lewis could see the look of pride on his instructor's face.

"I would also love to fly to Oshkosh during AirVenture someday," Lewis said, "and make that call back home."