EAA is the Experimental Aircraft Association It’s membership is
comprised mostly of people who build or would like build and fly their own aircraft. The organization was
started in the early 50’s and has expanded to more than 1000 Chapters
worldwide. EAA members are also involved in aircraft restoration, classics,
historical flying machines, ultralights, warbirds, aircraft design, education, aerobatics,
fly-ins, social activities and hangar talk.
Here, at Chapter 65, our members have a wealth of experience. A former
bush pilot, airline pilot, aerobatics pilot, and flight instructor. A former RCAF fighter pilot, who flew
Sabres and Vampires. Two of our members were involved in the design
and production of the famed CF-105 Arrow. Another member has built three planes which he designed
himself. Still another member, along with his son, have built almost a dozen aircraft. The technical
support in our chapter is second to none.
One of our honorary members, Bjarni Tryggvason is a former astronaut
who flew on Shuttle flight STS-85. He was Payload Specialist on the 12 day flight in 1997. He’s
an engineer who flies aerobatics and flew the reproduction of the Silver Dart during this, the
centennial year of flight in Canada.
To belong to EAA, one does not have to own or build an airplane. All
that’s required is a love of aviation. There seems to be an impression that people who fly are well-to-do
with a bankroll that would rival the Canadian Mint. Actually, the reverse is much closer to the truth. Most
of our members, who build or have built their own aircraft, have done so because they could never afford to
buy one. Some have dedicated up to 20 years to realize their dream
before their project ever got off the ground. It doesn’t take money; it takes dedication, determination and
You can be part of it. If
you want more information please visit the EAA parent site here: www.eaa.org , or come to one of our meetings.