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Relaunched EAA Sport Aviation Magazine Arriving in Members' Mailboxes this Week

New format, content, graphics result of input from thousands of EAA members

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Jan. 6, 2010) — The inaugural edition of the re-launched EAA Sport Aviation is arriving in mailboxes this week with extensive upgrades and changes based on the input of more than 20,000 EAA members over the past 18 months.

The January issue of EAA’s flagship publication, which includes a stunning cover photo of the Pitcairn PA-18 autogiro, is the initial result of the most significant makeover in the publication’s 57-year history. A new, larger magazine format encompasses a new design and bold graphics that highlight knowledge and information EAA members seek in a format that invites reading.

“Throughout 2007 and 2008, about 1,500 EAA members were surveyed each month on what they’d like to see and new elements they’d like in their monthly magazine,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president. “There is popular content that is retained and enhanced, but new features that meet the distinct needs of EAA members and help answer the question ‘How do I…?’ in all its forms. The re-launched Sport Aviation magazine is also true to EAA’s mission to encourage and promote aviation participation throughout the world of flight.”

The magazine also encourages readers to “dig deeper” with more detailed information available through EAA’s websites and e-newsletters for specific aviation interests, which have grown significantly in popularity over the past 12 months. Sport Aviation also connects members with the online Oshkosh365 community that offers the knowledge and experience of EAA’s entire membership.

Popular features such as aircraft building and restoring tips, new aviation innovations and what EAA members are building and restoring remain each month, with additional graphics support to provide more information to readers. Experienced builders, instructors and aviators are also adding their unique perspectives each month in a number of new columns, along with increased hands-on practical instruction for those with current or future aircraft projects.

New features will reflect EAA-member interest with more for the pilot and aviation enthusiasts as well, including EAA-member reviews of flight products; expert opinions on key aviation topics; upgraded avionics coverage; columns on ultralights and light planes; key government issues facing aviators; and much more.

“We’re also inviting EAA members to participate in the ongoing evolution of their monthly magazine, which is a highly anticipated part of EAA membership,” said Adam Smith, EAA vice president of membership. “The new look of Sport Aviation is not a final destination – it’s a journey that will continue to bring the knowledge and information most requested by EAA members.”

Primary design work for the re-launch of Sport Aviation was accomplished by EAA staff in conjunction with Bates Creative Group of Silver Spring, Md. RR Donnelley of Chicago is the printer of Sport Aviation and EAA’s other print publications.

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 160,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with http://twitter.com/EAAupdate.

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