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 Finance Solutions

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EAA Flight Advisors

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ASTC Passport Program

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Warbirds of America

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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

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Join VAA

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Join IAC

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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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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

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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

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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

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

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EAA's Core Values

Inspiring
Welcoming
Passionate

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Paul Poberezny

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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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Looking Through the Fence: A Young Eagle's Story

By Joel Hargis, President EAA Chapter 534, and Jason Fitzwater

January 23, 2014 - Recruiting Young Eagles can be a challenge. Finding young people with a genuine interest in aviation is even tougher. Then there is Jason Fitzwater, 18, of Leesburg, Florida, one of EAA Chapter 534's most successful Young Eagles. Joel Hargis, EAA 1074421, of Eustis, Florida, and chapter president, tells the story with Fitzwater.

Joel Hargis: One afternoon at the airport I was hanging out with my A&P/IA and pilot Arnold Holmes in his hangar. Arnold was at the time EAA Chapter 534 president. We were as per usual talking about airplanes and flying when we noticed a father and son looking through the fence at the airfield. I noticed the young man was about 16, and being our Young Eagle coordinator at the time, I encouraged them to come through the gate to get a closer look. They were reluctant at first but with more friendly encouragement, they came in.

Arnold and I chatted with them for several minutes and explained our Young Eagle program and the teen seemed very excited about it. They said they would be there for our next fly day. What we did not know at the time was, well, let me let Jason tell you.

Jason Fitzwater: I can remember a day when I was really little walking around the Webster Flea Market and seeing a shirt with an F/A-18 and carrier on it. Since then I have always known that I wanted to join the Navy and become a Naval aviator.

Once I got a little older - around 10 or so - I remember begging my parents to take me to the Leesburg airport to let me take flying lessons. Little did I know that I was way under the solo age of 16, but I couldn't wait to get in the cockpit.

In the days before there were gates on all the airport roads, my dad and I would drive around and look in all the open hangars. Then one day I remember Joel spotting us looking through the fence. He came over and asked if I would like a free ride. As we talked and got to know each other a little better, I accepted his invitation. It all started right there.

JH: So the day Jason came in for his flight, we hooked him up with Dave Teisch, who is one of our veteran pilots who gives Young Eagle rides in his Lake Amphibian. Dave spends a lot of time when flying Young Eagles, generally including a 45-minute ride with a couple of water landings as our airport, Leesburg Municipal (KLEE) is surrounded by lakes. When they came back, Jason could not get the smile off of his face. To say he was excited is an understatement.

JF: After my first Young Eagles flight, and as soon as school got out, I practically moved onto the airport - spending every waking moment there working toward my private pilot certificate. My first training flight was exciting, but it paled in comparison to my first solo flight. I knew I could do it but was still nervous. Everything was going fine and as I took off for the first time by myself I realized that I had to get it back on the ground by myself. I think I lost a pound of body fat for every minute I was up in the air from sweating.

I remember all three of my touch-and-goes like it was yesterday. The first was probably my best; the wheels squealed a little, but it was still smooth. After I stuck the first one, my confidence level went way up and I knew that I would be fine. The second one was not as smooth but still good. Finally, the third one was the most exciting. As soon as the wheels touched down I could not stop smiling for I knew that I had just flown an aircraft successfully by myself for the first time. Once I taxied back and parked, I was on cloud nine, nothing could stop me.

The hardest part of the training for me was the book work. I had to work tremendously hard to pass the written exam. I remember times where I would go in and my instructor would tell me that we were not even going to get in the airplane that day.

In contrast, flying came fairly natural to me. I mean there were some frustrating moments, but for the most part I was able to pick up the skills rather quickly. My love for aviation allowed me to have a positive outlook on even the most difficult aspects of flying. In the weeks before my check ride I was flying three and four days a week, trying to perfect my skills.

Finally I was ready for my checkride and scheduled it for my 17th birthday, November 7, 2012. I had the examiner and the plane all set - even had a prearranged absence from school! Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate so we called it off until the following Saturday.

I showed up on test day with perfect weather. I got everything ready, said a final prayer with my family and took off for Crystal River airport. Once I arrived I met my examiner, and she calmed me down right away. We must have sat in her office for nearly two hours doing the oral exam. My brain was fried even before we got to the flying portion.

When we finally got into the airplane, we taxied onto the runway and she told me to fly the course I planned to Daytona Beach. Right before take-off I realized that I had left my map in the baggage compartment. I thought I flunked right there. After the examiner crawled through the plane and found my map we took off. Luckily, I performed all of my maneuvers within the standards.

One thing that stuck out and I think helped me pass, was that she mentioned she was proud of me for calling off my first attempt to take the test. Although it was a tough decision, and at times I was tempted to go ahead and risk it, I am so thankful that with the guidance of my instructor and parents I decided to call that first attempt off. I think that if I would have gone through with it in that weather, I would have instantly failed.

Now that I have my private pilot certificate, I have been looking for ways that I can use it and keep my skills fresh. Recently I was able to be a Young Eagle pilot. It was so special because I was once a Young Eagle and to be able to give back to the program that helped me get started meant a great deal to me. Practically every dollar I earn goes into my flying fund. I like to spend every moment I can up in the air. There is no greater feeling. Being in the air gives you a totally different perspective on life. I would not trade all of the sweat and frustration that went into this for anything on earth!

JH: So this is a great story that exemplifies what Young Eagles is all about! Young Eagles lets us help someone go from Young Eagle to Young Eagle pilot. You never know who you might find peeking through the fence, or run into going through our daily life. We all need to keep our eyes and ears open, as you never know when you might recruit the next pilot.

Jason is a senior in high school and has his application into the Naval Academy to fulfill his dream in becoming a Naval aviator.