EAA Unveils New Flying Club Initiative

Association wants to help keep flying affordable.

EAA is on the lookout for people interested in donating aircraft to be used for the new clubs.EAA

Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based EAA revealed its new Flying Club Initiative at AirVenture 2018 designed to create, “local pathways to encourage and develop flying,” according to the association. The FCI’s primary goal is to assist members with the creation of nonprofit flying clubs that offer more affordable ways to keep members flying at their home airports.

Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs said, “While EAA chapters cannot directly operate flying clubs, local EAA members now have a way to get people into the air in an affordable way and welcome those who have wanted to fly, but perhaps had cost and access barriers standing in their way. The program includes grants through matching or challenge funds to get local clubs started, as well as guidance on obtaining aircraft, establishing bylaws, and other necessary steps to create a successful club.”

EAA’s website offers essential tools to get started, including sample documents, tax and insurance information, and how-to guidance to apply for grants to assist with aircraft purchase, maintenance, and student scholarships. The association’s chapters office in Oshkosh represents another member resource.

The association is also accepting donations of suitable flying club aircraft, like Cessna 172s, Piper Cherokees, Van's RVs, Zeniths, and other. Those aircraft will be sold to members participating in the FCI on favorable terms to get a club started, with sale proceeds going back into the flying club grant program. More information is available from the EAA Flying Club Initiative, or by calling 920-426-5912.