EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is an international aviation membership association founded in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
EAA sponsors many aviation education programs including the EAA Young Eagles program. More than 160,000 people currently belong to EAA, with local Chapters located in all 50 states and many countries.
Members are aviation enthusiasts of every age group, including many airline and commercial pilots, engineers, business people and even astronauts. Our members enjoy all types of airplanes, including “experimental” aircraft, those aircraft built by individual craftsmen, rather than in a factory.
“Experimental” refers to the category of aircraft designed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for these types of airplanes. Similar to standard category aircraft, Experimental aircraft are inspected and certified airworthy by FAA. EAA’s corporate offices and extensive AirVenture Museum are located in Oshkosh.
EAA is a 501(c)(3) organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. EAA hosts one of the world’s largest general aviation events, the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In. The event draws more than 700,000 people and 10,000 aircraft to Oshkosh each summer: