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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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 brand new Van's RV-12!

This is your chance to win a beautiful, brand-new Van's RV-12. This striking aircraft, painted Tahoe Blue, will remind you just why you love to fly. Enter now to win!

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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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EAA CHAPTERS

Uniting Aviators

EAA’s local chapters are about people, bringing together individuals interested in learning more about aviation as well as sharing their own knowledge.

EAA Chapter 13 Celebrates 60 Years of Success

By Rex Phelps, President, EAA Chapter 13

December 2015 - EAA Chapter 13 recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, and earlier this year we took an anniversary picture of our membership. Coincidently, there were 60 members in attendance that day.

When our chapter formed back in 1955, one of the founding members was Neal Loving. (Editor's Note - Neal designed and built many gliders and aircraft including Loving’s Love (WR-1), which was a very successful gull-winged midget racer. In the 1951 National Air Races Neal qualified with a 266-mph speed. In December 1953, Neal flew the WR-1 2,200 miles from Detroit to Kingston, Jamaica, an unusually long trip for a new experimental design of the era. In 1954, Neal’s design was the winner of the Most Outstanding Design award at the EAA fly-in convention at Rockford, Illinois. Neal’s airplane is now proudly displayed at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.)

Neal often said, “I guess I have a history of people telling me what I can’t do. So far they’re all wrong.”

Those early meetings of Chapter 13 were held at the Roseville, Michigan, airport. The airport was founded by the Packard Motor Car Company in 1914. Soon after our chapter was formed, the airport was sold to a development company to make room for urban sprawl. Imagine that!

Chapter 13 then spent the next 40 years or so holding meetings in various locations. Mostly, they were back rooms of halls, churches, and schools. We never gave up. Eventually, we ended up using a rundown hangar at Romeo Airport in Romeo, Michigan.

As time passed, some of our membership started flying out of a friendly little airport called Ray Community Airport about 40 miles north of Detroit. Two Chapter 13 members based at Ray offered to share their brand new, adjoining hangars for the chapter’s monthly meetings. Over three generations, Chapter 13 stuck together.

Rebirth

Chapter 13 was very happy with the move to the members’ hangars and liked the atmosphere at Ray Airport. Ray Airport was tiny and also was built in our founding year of 1955. We felt a connection and found a home.

There was an old cinderblock hangar at Ray that was badly in need of attention. The membership decided to purchase the old dilapidated hangar and turn it into our new, permanent home. One of our members, Dave Shirey, offered $25,000 towards the purchase and renovation of the hangar, looking for the membership to come up with a matching-fund donation.

Chapter 13 members quickly dug into their pockets and came up with enough funds to match Dave’s donation…and more. After the deal for the purchase was made, the members went to work, turning the EAA Chapter 13 hangar into an attractive focal point of the Ray airport. With lots of volunteer help, members gutted the building and turned it into our beautiful new Chapter 13 home.

Meanwhile, several chapter members, including Doug Conciatu, also became members of the Ray Airport board.

They worked with local government and the Michigan state DOT Aviation Division to upgrade the airport. Over the years, the main runway was resurfaced, a parallel taxiway was built, and other taxiway improvements were completed.

Next came a significant expansion of the fueling station and airport parking apron. People came to Ray. Many additional hangars were built, and the airport office was remodeled.

In his spare time, Doug volunteered at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh flying antique biplanes, Young Eagles planes, and the Ford Tri-Motor. Doug personally introduced over 2,200 Young Eagles to the joys of aviation.

The Spark

Chapter 13 has always been very active. At the end of each year, we have an awards banquet, often celebrating members who have completed and begun flying their homebuilt aircraft. As many as seven homebuilts have been completed by Chapter 13 members in one year!

Nick Seraphinoff has completed 13 aircraft over his years with Chapter 13. In addition, EAA has presented a Major Achievement Award to member Bob Mahieu, and a Young Eagles Coordinator of the Year Award went to Dennis Glaeser, as well as a Newsletter Editor of the Year Award to Tom Vukonich.

What makes Chapter 13 so successful is no secret. We all love aviation and strive each day to share our passion with as many people as possible. Chapter 13 is 100-plus volunteers strong.

We fly Young Eagles every month from spring through fall. In 2014, we crossed the 10,000 Young Eagles flight mark!

We have forged a great relationship with the Radio Control Club of Detroit, an aircraft modelers association also incorporated in 1955.

Additionally we host an annual Dawn Patrol breakfast. Chapter 13 members are well-known for their willingness to get involved by volunteering. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved at our chapter events, hangar projects, etc. Many of our members go to Oshkosh every year and volunteer to work at AirVenture each summer. We’ve learned that when we volunteer and get involved, we ourselves benefit the most and, not surprisingly, have great fun in the process!