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, Inc.

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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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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Leadership Academy

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

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10 Flight For the Year Recognition

Each pilot who flies 10 or more Young Eagles during a calendar year will receive a custom 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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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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ADVOCACY

Working for You

EAA’s government relations team works to preserve the freedom of flight and reduce the regulatory barriers affecting affordability and accessibility to participation in aviation.

ATC Privatization Myths vs. Facts

Myth: ATC privatization is a “big win” for GA.

Fact: More than 100 GA organizations, from grassroots aviators to business jet operators, have voiced their opposition to Congress on the ATC privatization proposal in the 21st Century AIRR Act. GA concerns include equal and fair access to airspace, the governance of the ATC corporation’s board, continued service to rural communities, and the future threat of user fees.

Myth: Serving the public will be a priority for the ATC corporation.

Fact: The ATC corporation will serve as a government-chartered monopoly, controlled by a board dominated by commercial interests. The corporation will compete with no one, and with lack of Congressional oversight, will be accountable to no one. In addition, the lack of competition removes any market forces that would reduce costs and improve services.

Myth: I never use ATC, so a privatized ATC system would never affect me.

Fact: The proposal contained in the House 21st Century AIRR Act transfers control of the entire National Airspace System to a private corporation, not just the ATC function itself. Whether you use ATC or not, you are a user of the National Airspace System and would be subject to the control and decisions of this corporation.

Myth: Air service to rural communities will be protected in a privatized ATC system.

Fact: Under this proposal, there is no independent third party, such as the FAA, to ensure all communities large and small are served fairly by the privatized ATC system. There is no guarantee that the corporation will maintain service to rural areas if such service is not in its interest.

Myth: Privatizing ATC will drastically reduce airline delays.

Fact: Though this claim is widely spread by the airlines, delays are largely caused by circumstances within their control. According to the DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, about 50% of delays between June 2015 and June 2016 were caused by aircraft maintenance, crew scheduling, refueling, and other factors. Another 30% of delays were caused by weather, which is obviously outside of anyone’s control.

Myth: FAA bureaucracy has caused delays in modernizing the U.S. airspace system.

Fact: Both the airlines and GA are reaping the benefits of the technological improvements implemented by the FAA’s NextGen program. Commercial flight efficiency has been improved, flight plans are quick and simple to file, and thanks to GPS, instrument approaches to many of the nation’s airports large and small are safer and more precise than ever. Additionally, ADS-B has made real-time traffic and weather information available in the cockpit for both GA and commercial pilots. Any delays in NextGen implementation can largely be attributed to Congress’s inability to pass a long-term, stable budget for the FAA.

Myth: Dozens of countries around the world have privatized ATC systems, so such a system can easily work in the U.S.

Fact: The U.S. has the most complex airspace system in the world, handling more traffic than any other country. The U.S. also has a larger and more robust GA community than any other country in the world, largely attributable to GA’s guaranteed equal access to the airspace system. The DOT Office of the Inspector General as well as the GAO have questioned whether other countries’ systems can be scaled to fit that of the U.S. It is also worth noting that no other country has removed government oversight of ATC to the extent of the proposal contained in the House 21st Century AIRR Act.

Myth: Transferring ATC to a private corporation will lead to savings for taxpayers.

Fact: In its updated score on the 21st Century AIRR Act, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that transferring ATC from the Federal government to a private, non-profit corporation may cost tax payers at nearly $100 Billion. That number could cover the remaining costs of airspace modernization with change to spare. The National Airspace System is also vital to the nation’s economy and national security. Because the U.S. cannot function without its airspace system working 24/7, the ATC corporation is “too big to fail” and would be ripe for a multi-billion dollar taxpayer bailout should it ever encounter financial difficulties. Nearly all costs would remain, such as those for labor and navigation updates, while the additional cost of bureaucracy between the ATC corporation and remaining FAA would be a new expense.

Myth: I can’t do anything to stop ATC privatization.

Fact: You absolutely can! Direct calls to congressional offices are even more valuable than e-mails. Go to govt.eaa.org/congress to find the contact information for your Congressional representatives and call them today, or use the toll-free line at (855) 265-9002. Tell them you do not support ATC privatization!


Air Force Association Op-Ed Rips ATC Privatization
1/18/2018

One of EAA’s earliest points in opposition of any ATC privatization plan was that turning government assets over to a private... Read More

Start with Safety in Case Against ATC Privatization
1/4/2018

This week’s news that 2017 was the safest year on record for commercial air travel, combined with recent statistics showing... Read More

ATC Privatization Fight Continues Into New Year After Memorable 2017
12/28/2017

The coming new year will again focus general aviation’s efforts in Washington, D.C., on ATC privatization.

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FAA Modernization On or Ahead of Schedule
11/9/2017

One of the major drumbeats from those supporting the ill-conceived ATC privatization plan included in House legislation (H.R. 2997) is... Read More

ATC Privatization Could Cause Cascade of Cuts
11/2/2017

The nearly $100 billion addition to the federal deficit caused by ATC privatization, as estimated by the nonpartisan Congressional... Read More

Canada’s ATC System an Imperfect Example
10/23/2017

As the debate over ATC privatization continues here in the U.S., privatization supporters use the example of the Canadian system as a... Read More

Watching Next Move on ATC Privatization
10/19/2017

With the House of Representatives returning to Washington, D.C. next week, it’s expected that supporters of ATC privatization... Read More

Pelton: GA Will Get Left Out in Privatization
10/12/2017

General aviation will be the neglected segment in the American aviation community if ATC privatization as proposed in a current House... Read More

Your Voice is Being Heard in ATC Debate
10/5/2017

EAA members and those from other general aviation groups continue to make their case in Washington, as a week of projected action on... Read More

Down to the Wire on FAA Funding
9/28/2017

As this week’s e-Hotline was going to press (digitally), Congress was seeking to approve a continuing resolution that would fund... Read More