The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) aims to assist its members with building, flying, and restoring non-type certified aircraft. This is an introduction to EAA, how we’re organised, and how EAA fits in with other organisations. EAA is comprised of members with an interest in building, flying, or restoring their own aircraft. EAA gives members an opportunity to share ideas and experiences, get help with a difficult project, or even chat with another member who has common interests.
Major events on the South African EAA calendar include EAA AirWeek during April/May and Sun ‘n Fun during August. We also recently had Mike Melvill (pilot of the first private space program) come out to South Africa. Chapters often organise their own events ranging from a Young Eagles day, fabric covering workshops, breakfast fly-ins, visits to ATC centres, and more.
Our junior programme exposes children to the aviation industry and has resulted in some of our junior members finding careers in the aviation industry. It’s an expansion of the international Young Eagles program, which continues even though it reached its goal of giving one million children the chance of flight before the Centenary of the Wright Brother’s first flight.
EAA and the Aero Club SA
EAA is a part of the Aero Club of South Africa. They’re the national body that controls recreational aviation in South Africa. Other associations that are part of Aero Club cover many other aspects of recreational aviation including Gliding, Hang Gliding, Parachuting, Microlights, Helicopter, Power Flying, Aero Modelling, Gyrocopters, and Virtual Flying.