Established in 1953, the EAA represents, promotes, and supports recreational aviation enthusiasts worldwide. Headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, EAA has a membership of over 200,000 in 1,000 chapters and 100 countries.
The association is the brainchild of Paul Poberezny, an aviation enthusiast who started periodic meetings at his home to discuss aircraft construction and restoration. EAA has grown to include special interest divisions, such as vintage, aerobatic, ultralight, homebuilt, and warbirds.
EAA chapters engage in events such as introductory flights, airport open houses, community social gatherings, and member-specific programs. Members can access information and support on airplane building, restoration, and assistance flying unfamiliar aircraft. The association offers the Youth Eagles program in which young people from 8 through 17 enjoy free demonstration flights and mentors.