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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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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Look Before You Leap — Are You and Your Airplane Insurable?

By Bob Mackey, EAA Insurance Solutions administered by Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

August 9, 2017 - EAA and its members from day one have always been about building and flying interesting aircraft. Members have built (or acquired) amazing aircraft of all shapes and sizes — from one-off, plans-built aircraft to proven kit designs. Today, almost 25 percent of the personal (non-commercial) airplane fleet in the U.S. is experimental amateur-built. If it wasn’t for EAA, this would have never happened, or at least would not be what it is today.

Regardless, of whether you build or buy a homebuilt, and whether it is a one-of-a-kind, a kit or plans-built, one thing you will need to do is arrange insurance for you and your airplane. If you do some planning, you can avoid possible setbacks, hurdles, and disappointments. As John “Hannibal” Smith used to say in the popular mid-1980s TV show A-Team, “I love it when a plan comes together!” If you look ahead and do some investigation and planning you can get the right airplane insurance at the best price!

Step One – Before you commit to buying an airplane kit or plans, or a completed homebuilt, make sure it is the right airplane for you. First, do your building skills match the airplane you plan to build? EAA’s Technical Counselor Program and the EAA SportAir Workshops are great resources to help you make an informed decision and assess your building skills. Second, do your pilot skills match the airplane? EAA flight advisors often have the information to help you decide if an airplane is right for your current skill set and/or suggest training to safely transition into the airplane.

Step Two – Before you make a decision on which homebuilt you want to build or buy, you should consult an independent aviation insurance broker who has access to all of the independent aviation insurance companies. This will help you quickly discover what options in coverage, terms, and price are available to you. The right aviation insurance broker needs to be knowledgeable, experienced, and ready to listen and explore your objectives when it comes to insurance. They also need to be well-versed in the type of aircraft you intend to fly, willing to help you understand aircraft insurance and coverage options, and take the time to explain what you need to meet the insurance company’s pilot requirements, including transition training. The broker can also give you some early ideas as to how much aircraft insurance will cost; although this can change, it is still an important step.

Step Two and a half – About 90 days before you are finished building or acquiring your airplane, you need to go back to the aviation insurance broker and get firm numbers and options for aircraft insurance. This step will probably not take 90 days to complete but most quotes from the aviation insurance companies are valid for 90 days and this will give you and your broker time to make sure all possible options have been explored. If you’re building and your timeframe for completing the build will span more than a couple of years, you should check in with you broker to reconfirm the availability and cost of aircraft insurance. Also, if you are planning any changes in the aircraft design, such as engine choice or gear configuration, these may impact insurance cost and even insurability so you should check in with your broker before making the modification.

Step Three – If the EAA flight advisor or your aviation insurance broker have recommended training, make sure you plan ahead so you aren’t at a loss to find the right instructor and training aircraft. It can take time to add a seaplane rating or tailwheel endorsement, and it may be challenging to find a suitable airplane and instructor for transition training depending on the airplane you choose. You can get insurance that will cover you while you get training but that cannot be done if your airplane is under Phase 1 flight testing. This is also true for high-performance airplanes, and rotorcraft or gyrocopters. If you are buying an airplane that has already completed Phase 1 you can get your training in your airplane but you will still need to find a qualified flight instructor with experience in the make and model airplane you are buying. The more you can do to get ready for the airplane you are building or buying the greater likelihood you can save money on insurance and reduce or eliminate hassles.

Step Four –This step is when you make your decisions and buy aircraft insurance. Your aviation insurance broker has presented all of the options and explained your insurance and check-out requirements. Insurance can be placed quickly but at the same time don’t wait until the day you need insurance. Last minute may be possible but it is not always a good idea.

Final CommentMake sure you have reviewed all of the insurance coverage options and if you have a brand new homebuilt or a homebuilt that was built by someone else, give strong consideration to include aircraft physical damage insurance for both not-in-motion and in-motion. This will cost more than just buying aircraft liability insurance but you and your broker should discuss cost versus benefit of full insurance for the first year.

We certainly hope this article is helpful as well as the webinar we will be offering on this topic. Aircraft insurance is not complicated but in order to make sure you get the right aircraft insurance at the best price you need to work with a knowledgeable aviation insurance professional that can search the aviation insurance marketplace to match you up with the right aviation insurance company. EAA Members have a great resource with EAA Insurance Solutions administered by Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you get the right insurance at the best price, give us a call at 866-647-4EAA (4322) or go online at www.EAA.org/insurance. One of our aviation insurance experts will be happy to help you with your aviation insurance needs.

Bob Mackey is senior vice president with Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc. the official administrators of EAA Insurance Solutions. Bob has been involved in the aviation insurance industry for over 35 years and he is a Commercial Pilot with Instrument Ratings. If you have any comments about this article or if would like to see a specific aviation insurance topic addressed in a future article you may email Bob at bmackey@falconinsurance.com