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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Member Swap Day, July 6

Are you a member of EAA AirVenture Museum, Paine Art Center and Gardens, or Oshkosh Public Museum? Members of them will be able to enjoy free admission to all of these Oshkosh-area museums on Sunday, July 6.

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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

Jim Koepnick, EAA Lifetime 222987, captured this 1947 Consolidated Vultee L-13 during AirVenture 2010. The L-13, then owned by Clu Colvin, was featured in the February 2011 issue of Vintage Airplane magazine.

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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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Directions to Media Check-In

Get driving directions to the AirVenture check-in facility.

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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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EAA Flight Plan Helps Fulfill Dream of Flight

New pilot Jarin Leake was recently reunited with Stephanie Wells, who took him up on a Young Eagles flight in 2006.
March 6, 2014 - In August 2006, an 11-year-old Jarin Leake of Keenesburg, Colorado, had his first airplane flight on an American Airlines MD-80 from Denver to Chicago. "That was my first exposure to aviation," he recalled. "Right then and there I knew I wanted to be a pilot."

He held onto that dream through middle and high school until 2012 when Jarin decided to look into aviation scholarship opportunities. He soon came across the EAA Young Eagles program with its popular EAA Flight Plan and flight training scholarships. He learned that going on a Young Eagles flight would make him eligible for numerous benefits associated with the EAA Flight Plan, including a free first flight lesson, free access to the online Sporty's Learn to Fly Course to help him pass the FAA written exam, and the ability to apply for flight training scholarships.

Jarin scheduled a Young Eagles Flight with Stephanie Wells, EAA 765661, and a member of Chapter 43 in Loveland, Colorado. On March 17, 2012, they went up in her RV-6 and he not only got to take the controls, but Jarin experienced his first 3g turn. He said that for the first time, he had the feeling, "Hey, I can do this!"

A few months later Jarin had his free first flight lesson at New Frontiers Aviation at Platt Valley Airpark (18V). In June 2012 he went up with instructor Charles Aden, and in the following months took about four more lessons - about all he could swing given his limited financial resources.

In November that year, Jarin applied for a Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship, primarily funded by an endowment from Angela and Jim Thompson and named in honor of the famous actor and pilot who served as EAA's Young Eagles chairman from 2004-2009.

Jarin was notified in January 2013 that he was selected to receive a $7,500 Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship, which would provide the necessary funds for him to obtain his private pilot certificate. By March he was taking weekly flight lessons with Aden at New Frontiers Aviation, and flew his first solo on May 10, in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

Flight training continued through about November when he took some time to cram for the knowledge exam. After passing the oral on January 16, 2014, Jarin went up for his checkride and passed. He was now a private pilot!

Jarin now wants to get transition training in high-performance complex airplanes like a Piper Comanche along with mountain flight training. He also intends to join the Civil Air Patrol and be a search and rescue pilot, but he'd eventually like to be a commercial pilot for a charter or airline. His ultimate goal is to be a commercial astronaut.

Meanwhile he plans to fly Young Eagles himself, hoping to ignite the passion for flight in a would-be pilot and giving back to the program that provided the resources for him to pursue his dream of flight.

"I have to say it's been a true blessing and a wonderful opportunity," he said. "And I wouldn't be where I am today without EAA. I appreciate it tremendously - it means a lot to me and my family."

He figures about 50 people have asked him for a ride and he plans to get to them all eventually. "Rentals are scarce in this area," he said, "and that's the only way I can fly now."