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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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

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

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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Jim Moss's Gee Bee Q.E.D. Makes Maiden Flight

October 3, 2013 - During many of his 82 years on this earth, Jim Moss crafted some striking reproduction airplanes first made famous during aviation's golden age. But none are as special as the reproduction 1934 Gee Bee Q.E.D. - the final design of the Granville brothers of Springfield, Massachusetts, that took flight for the first time last Thursday, September 26, at Olympia Regional Airport in Washington.

But Jim was not there to see it; he passed away on September 1 after a lengthy illness and never saw his vision take flight. Some people might think that's a shame, but his widow Judy said it really didn't matter to him.

"Sure, it was bittersweet, but Jim did get to see the end result. He saw it taxi," she said, referring to the completed cruiser's initial taxi runs on the grass strip at their home airfield, Cawley's South Prairie Airport in Buckley.

Jim had a dedicated team of volunteers helping him build the airplane, and those people saw to it that it was finished after Jim stopped working on it due to his failing health this past year. Rich Alldredge, of Moses Lake, headed the project team to complete the Q.E.D.

"I may have been the one who took a leadership role, but there's been a fantastic team of people working on it since day one," Alldredge explained. "We were fortunate to get it in the final configuration as Jim envisioned it before he passed."

Other people working on the airplane were Ron Robertson, who was there as much or more than anyone; Bill Moss, Jim's brother; neighbors Fritz Bright and Ken Brynstad; and, of course, Judy.

"The first flight was wonderful," she said. "I would have felt anxious had Jim been in that little beast, but it felt great to see it fly." Test pilot was Carter Teeters, of Tacoma.

About a week before the flight, the airplane's wings were removed at Cawley's South Prairie before it was transported about 50 miles to Olympia, the airport selected for Phase I flight testing. After reattaching the wings, they had to wait out a nasty stretch of weather.

"We had the aircraft ready for about a week, but you know how the weather can be here in the Northwest," Alldredge explained. "About an hour and a half after we did a final taxi test last Thursday, the weather looked like it had cleared enough. Then Carter says, 'Well, we've run out of excuses.'" It was go time.

"The aircraft handled absolutely flawlessly," Alldredge continued. The weather window was closing, so he stayed in the pattern.

"He didn't do much other than the power and control stick," Alldredge described. "He got it up to 120 kts, but it was pretty clear it wants to fly a lot faster." The Q.E.D. took off at about 85-90 kts. There were no surprises, and just one minor squawk that's already been addressed, he said.

It's considered a reproduction but there are some significant differences to the original 1934 airplane. For one, it's powered by a Wright R-1820 Cyclone engine, not the Pratt and Whitney R-1690 Hornet. In a June 2011 story in Sport Aviation, Jim explained the reason:

The Q.E.D. was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1690 Hornet. Due to its mission as a long-distance racer, this 675-hp powerplant was fed by a prodigious 480 gallons of fuel. Jim didn't feel his replica needed that much fuel for even the most ambitious cross-country flying. He also wasn't excited about trying to find and maintain a Hornet - an engine both rare and cantankerous relative to other radials.

"I had bought a Pratt 1340 when I realized that the Wright 1820 had the same diameter as the 1690 with twice the horsepower," Jim said. So, in a move that the Granvilles and their golden age racing compatriots would surely have approved, Jim put aside the "little" R-1340 and purchased a 1,425-hp R-1820 Cyclone that had been used on a North American T-28. The dry weight of the Cyclone is only about 200 pounds more than that of the Hornet, a deficit Jim easily made up by cutting the fuel capacity of his Q.E.D. to "only" 240 gallons.

With several hundred extra horsepower on tap, Jim decided on one major deviation from the Q.E.D.'s original aerodynamics. "I knew I'd be wanting a bit more vertical area, so I scaled up the rudder and ?n until they had the same area as on the T-28," Jim said. "I figured that ought to be enough." Read the complete story.

Once the hours are flown off, what's the plan for Jim's Gee Bee Q.E.D.?

"We're dealing with a piece of history here, so we are being very deliberate," Alldredge said. "We want to do it right." Plans are to fine-tune the airplane over the winter months and then maybe bring it to some air shows.

"We definitely have Oshkosh in our sights, and maybe get some of Jim's other planes out there," Alldredge said. Two other well known Jim Moss projects are the 1938 MG-2 biplane restoration and his 1931 Laird Super Solution reproduction.

"Jim really loved coming to Oshkosh."