Learn to Fly

Whether you've wanted to become a pilot your entire life or have just recently found the urge, EAA can help you get started. We'll give you an overview of the opportunities available to you as a private, sport, or ultralight pilot, and then help you find the tools and the training you need to make your dream a reality. If you're interested but you've never been up in a small airplane and would like to try it out, we can make that happen, too — free of charge!

There are three basic pathways to becoming a pilot here in the U.S.: You can become a full-blown private pilot, you can get there a bit faster and cheaper by becoming a sport pilot, or you can fly on your own as an ultralight pilot.

EAA is a passionate community of more than 200,000 aviators, and it's our mission to grow participation in aviation. Whatever your interests, whatever your goals, we'll steer you in the right direction and show you that your dream of flight is a lot closer than you think.

Private, Sport, or Ultralight?

Start here to learn what you need to know to decide what kind of pilot you want to be. Read More

Free Introductory Flights

Take to the sky with a free introductory flight and discover the next steps toward becoming a pilot. Read More

Aviation Scholarships

Learning to fly costs money. We can help. Read More


Here are some of the most valuable tools available to help you on your journey. Read More

Flight Training Best Practices

Although each flight school operates differently, EAA encourages you to follow these flight training best practices. Read More

Sport Pilot Academy

You can learn to fly in an intensive, all-inclusive program right here in Oshkosh. Read More
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