The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) was established in 1953 by a group of people fascinated by building their aircraft. EAA extended its mission of growing participation in aviation to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters, and contemporary manufactured aircraft. The organization developed itself into an ever-growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds, catching the imagination of more than 200,000 individuals who proudly call themselves EAA members.
EAA is an international organization representing virtually the entire spectrum of recreational aviation, whose members share the spirit of aviation with the utmost passionate community of recreational pilots, builders, and restorers. EAA members represent every facet of aviation and habitually have multiple interests. In their own words, “We fly them. We fix them. We even build them.” EAA members are “a community of passionate aviation enthusiasts that promotes and supports recreational flying.”
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) mission & vision:
To grow participation in aviation by promoting the “Spirit of Aviation” & to build “A vibrant and growing aviation community.”
EAA serves the community by:
Inspiring new participants in aviation
- Inviting the public to experience flight
- Providing a compelling view of possibilities
- Nurturing interest in aviation
- Supporting clear pathways to participation
Enriching the participation experience
- Protecting rights and the freedom to fly
- Encouraging affordable flying in a local environment
- Cultivating and providing knowledge, information, and resources
- Embracing diverse interests, camaraderie, and fun
- Supporting and promoting aviation events and activities
EAA WomenVenture 2022 celebrates its 15th anniversary, women in aviation
15 years ago, EAA and WomenVenture launched a strategic partnership to inspire, empower, and break down barriers for young girls and women who dream of flying. WomenVenture allows women to build comradeship within the EAA community and become a part of a unique sisterhood in the aviation industry, opening doors to mentorship, knowledge, and participation. The venture involves activities, gatherings, and scholarship programs to empower women and enable them to pursue their dreams in the aviation industry.
WomenVenture programming is supported by sponsors Women in Aviation International, The Ninety-Nines Inc., and Glasair Aviation, and this year 2022 celebrates the 15th anniversary of women in aviation.
Even if nowadays only 6% of aircraft pilots and flight engineers are women, the percentage is slowly on the rise, with some countries registering higher rates than others, with India at the top where women flying commercial airlines in India make up 20.6% of all pilots. Each day, bold women take on the challenge of making their aviation dreams come true and encourage others to do the same.
In 2022, WomenVenture underlines the brave determination and the courageous, relentless spirit of women in aviation. “Be Bold” is the theme and focus of WomenVenture activities as EAA celebrates Women AirVenture at Oshkosh this year, the 15th year of programming that encourages and supports women in aviation. EAA WomenVenture is an annual celebration of women from all facets of the aviation community and this year’s event commemorates what it truly means to be bold in aviation.