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 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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Individual Membership

Your Individual membership makes you a part of the passionate EAA Family and gives access to EAA-Exclusive benefits. Membership also gives you thousands of opportunities to go flying at local aviation events, participate at your local EAA chapter, and give youngsters their very first flight.

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Benefits & Discounts

From benefits like EAA Insurance Solutions and EAA Finance Solutions to EAA Webinars and EAA Technical Counselors we have something for everyone with an interest in  aviation! 

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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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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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Take a Free EAA 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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Next Steps After Plane is Built

You've finally achieved your dream of building your own airplane. Here are some resources that will help you fly safely or sell your airplane.

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Soaring Society of America

Formed in 1932, the Soaring Society of America (SSA) promotes all…

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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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Start a 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.

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Flying Start

EAA’s Flying Start program offers chapters the opportunity to reach out to the local community and engage with people who are interested in the world of flight.

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Leadership Academy

Interactive workshop weekends in Oshkosh focused on topics important to chapter leaders.  

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Chapters in Action

Learn more about what other chapters are up to. Read and be inspired about the stories that are coming out of chapters all over the country and the world.

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Calendar of Events

With more than 1,000 listings, EAA’s calendar of events is the most comprehensive listing of aviation activities found anywhere online.

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AirVenture Schedule of Events

Fill up your itinerary and sort through thousands of forums, workshops, special events, and much more for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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Multiple Venues

With more than 1,600 acres and 26 venues to choose from, we are sure to show you a space that will make your vision come to life. Our unique atmosphere is sure to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests.

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Multiple Venues

With more than 1,600 acres and 26 venues to choose from, we are sure to show you a space that will make your vision come to life. Our unique atmosphere is sure to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests.

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Spirit of Aviation Mobile Experience

We promote a culture of education, safety, and camaraderie and provide you with opportunities to enjoy aviation, no matter what your level of interest.

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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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Learn the Secrets of Aircraft Building

These weekend workshops will launch you on the most rewarding adventure of your life - building or restoring your own airplane!

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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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Sporty's Learn to Fly Video Library

Just getting started on your aviation journey? Need a refresher? This online video series will provide clarity and understanding in dozens of topic areas

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This Month's Wallpaper

Your computer takes flight each month when you download desktop wallpaper featuring unique aircraft and vivid imagery. Download your favorite today!

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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 EAA Eagle FlightTM.

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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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News Releases

Get all the official news surrounding EAA and its programs.

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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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Tribute Opportunities

Special places like the museum’s Founders Wing and other campus tribute areas like the Brown Arch, Compass Hill, and Memorial Wall combine to give wings to countless aviation dreams and accomplishments. Leave your legacy or that of your loved ones for all who visit Oshkosh to see.

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Win a restored Piper J-3 Cub

Are you ready to keep NC35303’s history alive? If so, enter for your chance to win and be the one to carry on this Piper J-3C-65 Cub’s legacy.

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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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Volunteer

Join us and be a part of this tradition of excellence, while helping us continue to provide high quality programs and services to our members and visitors.

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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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HALL OF FAME

Int'l Aerobatic Club

The EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame was established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women who share the spirit of EAA's founder: a passion for the freedom that flight offers.

International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame

2017 Inductee

Frank Christensen, EAA Lifetime 36663
HOF 2017

Frank Christensen, the founder and president of Christen Industries in Hollister, California, introduced the Christen Eagle II to the sport aviation community in 1977 at Oshkosh. It is a two-place aerobatic biplane powered by a 200-hp Lycoming and sporting a truly distinctive paint scheme.

With the Eagle, Frank set the gold standard for homebuilt kits. The airplane came in separate, well-organized, and documented kits that could be ordered as the builder progressed and finances permitted. Only basic hand tools were required, and the kits even included a razor blade to open the packaging.

The Christen Eagle still stands as an example of how to provide kits to homebuilders, more than 40 years after its introduction.

Frank is a former competition pilot who won the Advanced category at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Texas in 1969 in a Pitts S-1S built for him by Curtis Pitts. After his foray into competition, he concentrated on producing products for the sport aviation world. In addition, his company was the first sponsor of the famous Eagles Aerobatic Team, consisting of pilots Charlie Hillard, Gene Soucy, and Tom Poberezny, which performed at Oshkosh for decades. The team aircraft, along with the prototype Christen Eagle, are now on display in the EAA Aviation Museum. 

Previous Inductees


2016

Robert Armstrong    

2015

Sean D. Tucker    

2014

Sammy Mason    

2013

William Joseph "Bill" Adams



2012

Giles Henderson

1997

None

2011

Tony LeVier

1996

None

2009

R.A. (Bob) Hoover

1995

None

2010

Jimmy Franklin

1994

None

2008

William B. (Bill) Finagin

1993

Clint McHenry

2007

Debby Rihn-Harvey

 

Neil Williams

 

William K. (Bill) Kershner

1992

None

2006

Gene Soucy

1991

Mary Gaffaney

2005

Patty Wagstaff

 

Leo Loudenslager

2004

Dorothy Hester

1990

Lincoln Beachey

 

Betty Stewart

 

Bob Herendeen

2003

Don Taylor

 

Charlie Hillard

2002

Bob Davis

 

Art Scholl

 

Bill Thomas

1989

Bob Heuer

2001

Mike Heuer

 

Bevo Howard

2000

Gene Beggs

 

Harold Krier

1999

Henry Haigh

1988

Marion Cole

1998

Bill Barber

 

Mike Murphy

 

Rod Jocelyn

 

Betty Skelton Frankman

 

Harold Neumann

1987

Jose Aresti

 

Tom Poberezny

 

Duane Cole

 

J.G. “Tex” Rankin

 

Curtis Pitts

 

 

 

Frank Price