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SolidWorks is one powerful tool, especially in the experimental aircraft world. The company recently shared this video about the Solar Ship, a STOL, heavy-lift airship/fixed-wing hybrid intended for use in remote areas, that is being designed and developed in SOLIDWORKS. If you haven't taken advantage of SOLIDWORKS CAD software, EAA's new member benefit, check it out here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Innovation Takes Flight

Congrats to Alex Dietrich, grandson of Walter Dietrich, EAA 55519, who on January 4 became a third-generation pilot after passing his private checkride! After graduating high school this spring, Alex plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall. Congratulations again, Alex, and best wishes as you pursue a career in aviation!

EAA Milestones

Saddened today to learn of the death of Gene Cernan, EAA 456102 and the last man to walk on the moon, as commander of Apollo 17. He was a staunch supporter of EAA, Young Eagles, youth aviation education, and the freedom of flight. Godspeed and rest in peace.
According to the NTSB, approach to landing, maneuvering, and climb are the deadliest phases of flight for LOCI accidents. We want to fix that.

Founder’s Innovation Prize Seeks to Solve In-Flight Loss of Control Problems

What does it take to create the World's Busiest Airport for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? Take a look as Dick Knapinski, EAA's Director of Communications, takes the TEDx stage and explains what an incredible undertaking it is.

HINT: We couldn't do it without our amazing volunteers!

The Oshkosh Approach: Creating the World’s Busiest Airport | Dick Knapinski | TEDxOshkosh

Creating the World’s Busiest Airport for one week each year during EAA AirVenture is an incredible undertaking. It brings together 5,000 volunteers, a commun...

For some student pilots the key to success is going back to the basics.

Learning to learn (again) - Student Pilot News

Student pilot or seasoned pilot, tackle the crosswind takeoff with these steps from Boldmethod.

How To Make A Perfect Crosswind Takeoff

#OSH17 planning is underway! This year is the 65th annual EAA fly-in convention and we're celebrating historic aviation achievements, legendary pilots, and groundbreaking innovations.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 Theme Days

A long-anticipated expansion of the approved model list (AML) for EAA’s Accessible Safety STC to install the Dynon EFIS-D10A and EFIS-D100 flight displays has been granted by the Federal Aviation Administration. The AML now includes the following type series:

More Aircraft Types Approved for Dynon STC

Find some of the best in aviation photography from these top Instagram accounts for pilots to follow. Where do you find your daily aviation inspiration?


18 Awesome Instagram Accounts Every Pilot Should Follow

January 12, 1935: The fearless aviator Amelia Earhart achieves a milestone as she completes the first solo flight from Hawaii to California! Today, we celebrate her brave, can-do spirit and continue to find inspiration in the path she forged for so many dreamers. "Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done."
The Chapters Office is seeking a Chapter Manager to join the team in Oshkosh, WI. The position has responsibility for maximizing the value of EAA’s Chapter resources by ensuring proactive and progressive strategies, programs, and policies are in place that aligns with the organization’s mission and culture. Apply today!

Careers at EAA

Take a closer look at this full-size replica of the 1931 Laird LC-DW300 Super Solution racer, winner of the 1931 Bendix Trophy race, piloted by Jimmy Doolittle: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Breaking: The Federal Aviation Administration has announced the final rule for aeromedical reform will be published Wednesday and take effect May 1.

FAA Announces Aeromedical Reform Rule

Congratulations to Isaac Ericson, EAA 1100893, who created a family tradition on his 16th birthday December 3 by soloing in the same Stits Playboy his father once did! Take a look at the full story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
January 9, 1793: The day French pilot Jean-Pierre Blanchard showed us the only direction our dreams can go is up. We’re celebrating the first hot air balloon flight in the U.S. by taking a look back at the night balloon glow at #OSH16!
AMA Expo day 3 and we're excited to be talking a little bit about our partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics to get youth involved in aviation. Check us out around the 8 minute mark!
What have you learned from taking the back seat?

Take the Back Seat

“Why did I wait so long?” That’s what Kurt Gubert, EAA 441434, said on May 16, 2015, when he made the first flight of his eye-catching Fly Baby biplane, a project that began more than 35 years ago. Find the answer in the January 2017 issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine.
Which aircraft types will be celebrating anniversaries at #OSH17? Take a look:

Featured Aircraft Anniversaries Announced for Oshkosh 2017