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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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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EAA Insurance Solutions: Flying Aircraft You Don’t Own

By Bob Mackey, Senior Vice President, EAA Insurance Solutions Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

September 14, 2017 - Steve hasn’t flown in several years but with a new job that gives him more spare time and a little additional income he has decided to get back into flying and maybe even start looking for an airplane. First, Steve contacts a local flight school and arranges to take some lessons and get his flight review current. In addition, Steve plans to get his medical back by going through the BasicMed process. Everything goes well until Steve has a minor landing accident during a flight lesson with his flight instructor onboard. Nobody is hurt, but the estimate to repair the airplane is a little over $20,000 and the airplane will be out of service for at least two months. The flight school’s insurer agrees to pay for the repair; however, they contact Steve to recover the amount they will pay for repairs because they feel Steve was at fault. Then, the flight school contacts Steve regarding the two months of lost income because the airplane is out of service. All of this is a not-so-happy welcome back to flying for Steve.

Mary is finishing a Van’s RV-12 airplane project. She expects to be ready for inspection in about three months. Mary was told that she would need to get some experience in an RV-12 before she would be insurable. Through a network of other RV owners Mary tracks down a CFI that holds a LODA to give transition flight training in the RV-12 the CFI owns and she arranges for at least five hours of training. During the second hour of dual with the CFI Mary messes up a crosswind landing and runs off the runway and the RV-12 nose gear collapses. The damage is estimated to be around $30,000. The insurer for the RV-12 owner/CFI agrees to pay for repairs; however, they also contact Mary regarding the cost of the insurance claim. Needless to say, Mary is bummed!

Charlie has owned several airplanes over the years and his friend Pete currently owns a Cessna 172 he bought from Charlie. Since Charlie doesn’t currently own an airplane, Pete offers to allow Charlie to use his airplane as long as Charlie pays for the fuel and a few other direct operating costs. Charlie accepts Pete’s offer and Pete has his insurance broker add Charlie as a named approved pilot on Pete’s aircraft insurance. A few weeks later Charlie takes a trip with Pete’s airplane and on the return flight home Charlie mismanages the fuel and runs out ending in an off-airport landing. Pete’s airplane ends up being a total loss; fortunately, nobody is hurt. The insurance company, even though Charlie is a named approved pilot, decides to seek recovery from Charlie for the insured value of Pete’s airplane ($75,000), because they feel Charlie was negligent.

Sorry about the scare tactic, but this stuff is real and you need to be aware of the risks and how to protect yourself.

So how do you protect yourself when you are using an aircraft you don’t own? Our recommendation is that you obtain a non-owned aircraft insurance policy. These policies are not terribly expensive, especially when you consider the protection you get versus the risk.

There are essentially two parts to a non-owned aircraft insurance policy. The first part is liability insurance in case you injure someone (including death), or damage someone’s property, other than the aircraft you are using. Typically, the limit of insurance is $1,000,000 per occurrence subject to $100,000 per passenger. (Note: make sure you avoid any insurance policy that uses a “per person” limit because it will substantially reduce your protection!)

The second part of the insurance policy is liability insurance for damage to the aircraft. You can buy whatever limit of insurance you wish; however, it is recommended that you obtain an amount equal to at least 50 percent of the value of the non-owned airplane. You may, of course, purchase a higher limit of insurance but that’s up to you.

Non-owned aircraft insurance can be purchased for standard category, light-sport, and experimental aircraft including single-engine and multi-engine aircraft, gliders or sailplanes, seaplanes, helicopters, and gyrocopters. The price of this insurance will depend on the type of aircraft.

In the above examples, if Steve, Mary, and Charlie had each been insured for both liability insurance and physical damage liability insurance, for a nominal price, the insurance would include coverage for loss of use.

Assuming you are protected by someone else’s insurance is a bad idea. Making sure you have the right insurance at the best price is what EAA Insurance Solutions and the EAA Non-Owned Aircraft Insurance Plan is all about. This EAA member benefit is exclusively administered by Falcon Insurance Agency Inc. and that’s where you should go if you need insurance to protect yourself when you fly an aircraft you do not own.

As an EAA member you have exclusive access to a great resource with EAA Insurance Solutions. Call 866-647-4322 and talk directly to an aviation insurance professional, or to check out your options for non-owned aircraft insurance, visit the EAA Insurance Solutions webpage. With EAA Insurance Solutions you will find the right insurance at the best price!

Bob Mackey is senior vice president with Falcon Insurance Agency, the official administrators of EAA Insurance Solutions. If you have any comments about this article or if would like to see a specific aviation insurance topic addressed in a future article, send him an e-mail.