Experimental Aircraft Association

April 6, 2014 - 2:25am

After the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) submitted a petition for exemption for the third-class medical requirement for private or recreational pilots on March 20, 2012, more than 14,000 comments overwhelmingly in support of the exemption were submitted to the FAA. However, the agency failed to act on the exemption request, and now Congress is exerting pressure on the FAA to expand the third-class medical exemption, which currently applies to sport pilots.

March 25, 2014 - 3:15pm

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and FAA signed a nine-year deal late last week for the agency to provide ATC service at the EAA’s annual AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wis.

February 26, 2014 - 9:10pm

Guarded optimism for the year ahead, despite a number of looming concerns on several fronts, was the dominant theme expressed by leaders of the major general aviation (GA) associations in a town hall forum discussion yesterday morning at Heli-Expo.

Helicopter Association International (HAI) president Matt Zuccaro noted that HAI continues to enjoy robust membership and strong financial health, evidence of a surging rotorcraft community. That said, however, he also expressed concern about restrictive policies targeting helicopter operators.

February 26, 2014 - 7:30pm
Matt Zuccaro, HAI president

Guarded optimism for the year ahead, despite a number of looming concerns on several fronts, was the dominant theme expressed by leaders of the major general aviation (GA) associations in a town hall forum discussion yesterday morning at Heli-Expo.

Helicopter Association International (HAI) president Matt Zuccaro noted that HAI continues to enjoy robust membership and strong financial health, evidence of a surging rotorcraft community. That said, however, he also expressed concern about restrictive policies targeting helicopter operators.

October 24, 2013 - 2:40pm
Hal Shevers, Sandy Shevers and Jack Pelton

Jack Pelton, chairman of the board of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and its acting president, is leading the organization in unusual times that are punctuated by sequestration and continued anemic interest in aviation by younger generations.

September 1, 2013 - 1:20am
A static display area outside the HAI pavillion afforded the association the opportunity to introduce young people to aviation, specifically helicopters. The outreach program extends beyond AirVenture, with programs designed for the classroom as well.

Certain helicopter makers such as Enstrom and various kit makers have long been a staple at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual AirVenture convention. For Enstrom, the journey represents a little more than an hour’s flight from its factory in Menominee, Mich. However, other mainline helicopter OEMs historically have been reluctant to exhibit at the nation’s largest airshow–until this year.

August 27, 2013 - 9:15am
The North 40 parking/camping area filled up quickly, and excellent weather, amazing attractions and thousands of aircraft made this year’s AirVenture something special.

This year’s EAA AirVenture started out cloudy, cool and gloomy, but the weather soon matched the crowd’s upbeat outlook and the entire week was marked by comfortable low humidity and moderate temperatures.

August 22, 2013 - 3:00pm

The Chicago chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen recently completed another schedule of successful summer programming aimed at steering interested and at-risk youth into aviation careers.

Chicago Tuskegee programs consist of the Legacy Flight Academy, the Educational Assistance Program (which provides scholarships) and the Youth Aviation Summer Program.

August 22, 2013 - 2:25pm

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) founder Paul Poberezny, 91, died this morning at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wis., after a battle with cancer, EAA said. The Poberezny family also released the following statement: “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends. He leaves an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EAA.

July 28, 2013 - 8:10pm
EAA's Jack Pelton

The FAA’s demand that the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) pay $447,924 for ATC services at this year’s AirVenture celebration in Oshkosh, Wis., stunned the entire aviation community, and ran contrary to the decades-long relationship between the two organizations. In the days leading up to EAA AirVenture 2013 (July 29-August 4), EAA board chairman, acting president and CEO Jack Pelton spoke with AIN about the association’s response, as well as changes at this year’s AirVenture and to EAA itself.

 
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