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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Sean Tucker Using Aviation to Profoundly Impact Young Lives

December 12, 2013 - EAA's Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker is very excited about a new program he's getting off the ground in his hometown of Salinas, California, whose purpose is to change lives of at-risk youth through aviation. Although not an EAA program, Tucker says it wouldn't have ever happened without EAA.

It's called Every Kid Can Fly, and the goal is to help disadvantaged young people change their lives and break the cycle of gangs, drugs, violence, and incarceration. Tucker, EAA Lifetime 259123, leads the program, and counts on his son Eric, EAA 608992, along with fellow aviator and aviation business owner Erick Teeters, EAA 636280, to do the "heavy lifting."

As Tucker explained, the program is in partnership with Rancho Cielo, a youth facility in Monterey County created to help the area with significant crime problems related to gang activity. Many youths who get into trouble are referred there by the court system. Rancho Cielo selected the first seven youths for the program.

"Our kids have showed a certain level of success thanks to the Rancho Cielo programs so they were given the opportunity to get involved with Every Kid Can Fly," Teeters said. "Rancho Cielo desires to help them stand up and succeed where literally everything else in their history has failed them. Most don't have the family and support experience. So they don't understand the opportunities that are out there and how to access them." Including the possibility they could become pilots.

The seeds for that possibility are sown right away beginning with a Young Eagles flight. That also allows the youths to take advantage of the EAA Flight Plan, including Sporty's online Learn to Fly course, reimbursement of the cost of their FAA written exam, free first flight lesson, EAA scholarships eligibility, and so much more.

Tucker pledged that the program would see these young people through to their first solo, provided they steer clear of gangs and drugs, and stay in school.

"When a person solos, it's life changing. Solo is when a person is a pilot forever; it redefines you," Tucker said. The goal, he said, is to transform their lives to one of boundless opportunity fueled by hope and passion, resulting in a joyful life.

Eric Tucker added, "For most of these kids it's the first time they're doing the right thing for their own sake. We're giving them a reason to stay on the right track." Tucker is a corporate pilot flying Citation 10 and King Air 350 with Solairus Aviation in Oakland.

Erick Teeter is also a professional pilot and owns Erick Enterprises, a Part 91 operator offering commercial pilot services and aircraft management. "Sean had the vision, and it was something I had wanted to do at some point, that is give back and help change lives."

Teeters is a fourth generation pilot whose great grandfather was a Kansas barnstormer. His grandfather is Art Teeters, founder of Cal-Pacific Airmotive, a shop in Salinas that specializes in P-51 repair and restorations and holds limited type certificate LTC-11 for the P-51C, D, and K models.

EAA at the core

Sean wanted to give back to the Salinas community he said gave so much to him. He got his start in professional flying as a crop duster in the area and has since become a legendary aviation icon as an air show performer and is one of aviation's most successful ambassadors.

He and his son met with Foster (EAA Lifetime 754131) and Lauren (EAA 1055021) Bachschmidt to brainstorm ideas. They arrived at the Every Kid Can Fly program, with the Bachschmidts also helping form the nonprofit organization.

About a month before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, Tucker said he met with James Slattery, EAA Lifetime 1021734, and as they were discussing the new idea, Slattery provided a $50,000 donation and said to go get the best Cessna 152 out there for flight training. That plane is being refurbished to better-than-new condition by Matt Goulian and Executive Flyers Aviation.

John Brown, EAA Lifetime 390248, also donated a T-6 Texan to the organization for producing income for the program through paid warbird flights.

"My success is based on EAA," Sean said, adding, "You can't reach your full potential without helping someone reach theirs."

Every Kid Can Fly has also forged a relationship with NASA's Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace (SEMA) Academy at Salinas' Hartnell Community College, providing program students access to its aeronautics workstations, a wind tunnel, a microgravity tower, wind tunnel, and flight simulators. NASA has 16 SEMA facilities nationwide, and Salinas has the only one in California.

SEMA's proximity to the airport will allow them to walk over to the aircraft for a flight lesson immediately after working in the lab.

Learning how to think critically

These charter program participants will serve as the examples for others. Teeters has taken to calling them the Mercury Seven astronauts, while Sean calls them the Magnificent Seven. It's a process. The kids are excited to be the first ones.

Although just getting started, the kids seem to be responding, Teeters said. "They're learning a whole new physics of flight, tackling unfamiliar subjects, and how to think critically. They have tremendous character and outstanding capacity to learn. They are the pioneers, the first - they're getting to see what kind of people pilots are, and they want to get there."

If the program proves to be successful, the template could be used in other locations, Eric Tucker said.

"We will do what we can to have the kids succeed, to lead them on their educational journey," he said. "We're essentially teaching them how to teach themselves and we're making baby steps right now. After only three ground lessons you can see their outlook - ambition and character changes. But they'll need to engage, truly earn their way." Learn more at the Every Kid Can Fly website and Facebook page.