Covering period March 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020
As I write this, it’s impossible to look back on our last fiscal year without acknowledging how the world changed at the beginning of this one. The global coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us in so many ways, including the unprecedented cancellation of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020. In a typical crisis, if there is such a thing, we hear stories of EAAers coming together and rolling up their sleeves to help. The pandemic, and the restrictions it’s brought with it, isn’t like a tornado or a flood where we can fill our airplanes with supplies and fly relief missions in support of an obvious need, though I’m proud to say that in certain areas EAA members have found ways to do that with masks and other protective equipment.
One of the most important things that EAA members have done during these trying times is to stay connected. I’ve heard from chapters all over the country that have used videoconferencing tools to have their meetings, to keep their chapter members engaged, and to look out for each other. As the world slowly opens up and restrictions are lifted, there’s a passionate army of volunteers out there who can’t wait to get back to sharing The Spirit of Aviation through events like Young Eagles rallies and Flying Start programs.
It’s wonderfully gratifying to look back on last year and see the tremendous outpouring of generosity that has made so many EAA programs not just possible, but successful. Yes, there’s a table of financial results in this report, but the real difference that our donors make is immeasurable. As you read the stories gathered in this year’s annual report, I hope that you’ll do so with pride, knowing how profoundly you’ve changed the lives of so many people pursuing the dream of flying. With projects like AeroEducate and Project 21 rapidly coming together, EAA is in a position to make an even bigger impact on the next generation of aviators, but we can’t do it without you.
I am, as always, humbled by the support of our extended EAA family. As we celebrate last year’s successes in these pages, I hope you’ll remember that we need you now more than ever.
Jack J. Pelton
EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board