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 Build

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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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 for 2014 Recognition

Each pilot who flies 10 or more Young Eagles during a calendar year will receive a custom “10 for 2014” 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 AirVenture 2015.

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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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Aviation Job Search

Whether you’re looking for a job in the industry, wondering what careers are available, or just looking for a professional change of pace, you’ll find that there is a job to fit every unique person.

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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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2016 Halls of Fame Inductees

EAA is proud to honor five new inductees into our Sport Aviation Halls of Fame at a dinner ceremony on November 10, 2016, in the Founders’ Wing of the EAA AirVenture Museum. The five inductees, representing ultralights, the International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and homebuilding, have dedicated their lives to their respective areas of aviation and join an esteemed group of individuals who represent the spirit of EAA in the highest form.

Ultralights: Tracy Knauss

Hall of FameTracy Knauss, longtime publisher of Glider Rider, which became Light Sport and Ultralight Flying magazine, has helped knit together the small community of hang glider and ultralight pilots with the publication he started in 1976. Photographer, artist, space buff, photo restorer, genealogist, magician, husband, and father — the list of Tracy’s roles is long and varied, but the one that started him down the path to international recognition was magazine publisher.

When Tracy discovered hang gliding in 1976, he saw the need for a publication that informed pilots about news, warnings, new products, flying tips, and, yes, even gossip. He formed a company called Glider Rider and started a magazine by the same name. It was immediately successful, and quickly became the go-to publication for hang glider pilots in the United States as well as in more than 60 other countries. “There is a commonality in flying that transcends language differences,” Tracy observed.

As the sport evolved and pilots started putting engines on their hang gliders, Tracy followed the trend, changing the magazine’s title to Ultralight Flying, and began including coverage of motorized ultralights. In its 40th year of publication, and now titled Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, the magazine covered hang gliders and ultralights of all kinds, both powered and unpowered.

International Aerobatic Club: Robert Armstrong, EAA 113152

Hall of FameRobert “blames” his aviation career on his junior high school, which was located right next to an airport, providing ample opportunity to gaze longingly at the airplanes through the window. He soon began swapping manual labor and airplane washings for flying time. Robert obtained his private pilot certificate before his senior year and received his A&P certificate the summer after graduation.

Robert built an S-1C Pitts Special and flew it first to Oshkosh, then down to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for his first aerobatic contest. Robert was the highest-scoring first-time competitor in Sportsman, and he counts that trophy as one of his most cherished. From that first contest at Fond du Lac, Robert met many fellow aerobatic enthusiasts involved in the IAC, finding them to be a helpful and friendly group of people. From then he was hooked and never wanted to leave. In 1988 Robert competed in the U.S. Nationals for the first time, winning second overall. Robert later began flying the CAP 231 and in his aerobatic career has flown in a total of 10 World Aerobatic Championships.

Robert has logged more than 17,000 hours of flight time, more than 5,000 of those in general aviation. This includes 1,600 hours of aerobatic time. The list of aircraft types he has flown exceeds 80. Robert is a retired airline pilot, having flown the 717 for 12 years at AirTran, and today flies a Citation XLS for a local company, allowing him the benefit of flying out of the same airport for both work and play.

Vintage: Phil Coulson, EAA Lifetime 71350

Hall of FamePhil Coulson of Lawton, Michigan, has been immersed in aviation for all of his adult life. Phil enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and, on his return to Michigan, learned to fly in a prewar Piper J-5 Cruiser. Phil had discovered a passion for sport aviation, and began attending the early EAA conventions at Rockford starting in 1962.

Phil began volunteering with EAA at Rockford, and then at Oshkosh, where he became an advisor in the Antique/Classic Division in 1985, followed by election to its board in 1987. During this period, Phil acquired a Waco UPF-7 open-cockpit biplane. The experience of owning the Waco, and the camaraderie with other owners that followed, led Phil and his friends to organize the American Waco Club (AWC) in 1993. Phil was named the founding president, a leadership position he continued until his retirement in 2013.

Phil also edited and published the Waco World News, the publication of the AWC. In addition to the UPF-7, Phil and his wife, Ruthie, have owned a G35 Bonanza, a Cessna 190, a Waco INF, a Waco 10, and a rare Waco UBA.

As a director of the Vintage Aircraft Association, Phil has chaired the annual Vintage Parade of Flight during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and served as a long-term senior judge in the Antique category. Phil chose to take emeritus status with the VAA board in the fall of 2015 after nearly 30 years of active, involved, and dedicated service to both EAA and the VAA.

Warbirds: Doug Champlin, EAA 62048

Hall of FameDoug Champlin dedicated his life to the historic preservation of military fighter aircraft, including 27 examples from World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. All of these aircraft were maintained in flyable condition and represented combat pilots from the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Japan, and Germany. The aircraft were based at the Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Arizona, from 1980 through 2002. His museum didn’t just house aircraft, but also featured a staggering collection of other artifacts, including an armored car, a Soviet T-34 tank, and a large number of other weapons, including a Gatling gun. In addition, Doug maintained what was considered to be one of the world’s largest collections of autographs from famous fighter aces throughout history. The museum was also home to two notable veterans’ groups: the American Fighter Aces Association and the Flying Tiger Association.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, is now honored to be the permanent home of the Champlin Collection, proudly displaying Doug’s treasured airplanes throughout their Personal Courage Wing gallery. Doug was a member of the Museum of Flight’s board of trustees, and was gratified to see his collection remain intact when it was acquired by the museum and put on display in 2004.

Over the years, as he devoted his life to the acquisition, restoration, and display of so many rare and historic aircraft, for Doug, the most rewarding thing was the opportunity to meet fighter pilots from around the world and hear their stories firsthand. Those meetings led to many long-term friendships that he cherished until he passed away in May of 2013.

Homebuilding: Jim Bede, EAA Lifetime 3758

Hall of FameJim Bede, an Ohio native, made his first foray into the experimental aviation world with his original BD-1. The airplane had a number of innovative features including the use of bonding the aluminum structure instead of riveting. The rights to that airplane were eventually bought by the Grumman Aircraft Company and became the Grumman Yankee. Jim followed that design with the record-breaking BD-2, and then the iconic BD-4. The simple and innovative design features of the BD-4 set the standard for simplicity and excellent performance. It was the first homebuilt aircraft to be offered in kit form, requiring no welding by the builder.

In 1971 Jim started the aviation world buzzing with the introduction of the BD-5 Micro. After the first flight, stability issues required a redesign, and Jim hired Burt Rutan to head the flight test department. One of the challenges faced by the BD-5 was the choice of engine. While searching for a reliable piston powerplant for the BD-5, Jim decided to create a jet-powered version. The BD-5J, best known for its role in the opening scenes of the James Bond film Octopussy, was a 300 mph manned bullet powered by a Sermel TRS-18-046 turbojet.

Jim was an active member of Chapter 1252, and there was no doubt about his passion for aircraft design. He devoted his life to helping people who had the dream of building and flying their own airplane. To those members in Chapter 1252, he was a mentor, a friend, a father figure, and a crazy old guy who loved to tell jokes. Jim passed away on July 9, 2015.