What is the EAA?

The EAA stands for Experimental Aircraft Association. It was founded in 1953 by current Chairman of the Board Paul H. Poberezny. The initial goal of the organization was to build experimental aircraft. This still remains the main stream idea behind the EAA. Through the decades, the organization expanded its mission to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters and contemporary manufactured aircraft. Visit http://www.eaa.org for more about the EAA.

How difficult is it to build an airplane?

That depends a lot on the plane you wish to build. Many airplane kits are available which cater to all types of purposes. A number of plans are also available for the more advanced builder. In general, you need an average ability to handle tools and a very good ability to precisely follow instructions.  It’s a good idea to find someone who is currently building a plane and see if you can observe or even help out.  The chapter is a great place to do that!  The EAA web site also has a good number of instructional videos available for viewing on line.

How can I join EAA?

A good place to start would be attending a chapter meeting. You can also join the EAA national organization at www.eaa.org. The chapter has its own modest annual dues, which cover chapter expenses and help to pay for events that benefit chapter members and others.

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