COMMENTARY / POSITION REPORT
…To the world of Sport Aviation
EACH DAY WHEN I arrive at the EAA Aviation Center,
I see a sign that welcomes everyone to our facility.
;at sign was placed there when the building opened
;e EAA Aviation Center was a major change for
EAA, a step that combined the headquarters and the
annual summer fly-in, now known as AirVenture, at
one location. ;e sign’s lettering has been updated
through the years, but the sentiment remains the
same: Welcome to EAA and Oshkosh, your year-round
home for sport aviation.
;at memory stuck with me as we prepared this
first edition of the relaunched EAA Sport Aviation
magazine. What you’re holding right now is the
monthly journal for all the magnificent facets of EAA
and sport aviation—a doorway into a world of flight
that means something slightly di;erent to each of us,
but is special to us all.
In this issue you’ll notice some of the most exten-
sive changes in the more than 56 years of EAA
publications. It’s not a cosmetic “tweaking” of the magazine, but a milestone
event for your organization. With these format changes, you’ll see enhanced
graphics, outstanding photography, and expanded content. Yet it was impor-
tant to keep the popular columns each month as well.
How did we get here? By asking thousands of EAA members what they
wanted in their monthly magazine. For the past year and a half, about 1,500
members per month responded to surveys on how you view Sport Aviation,
what type of content you’d like to see, and what new elements should be
added. Each of your responses was valuable, and as a whole it created a vision
for your monthly publication that reflects EAA’s membership.
;ese significant enhancements are also made possible by new technology. It’s di;cult, if not impossible, to provide everything to everyone in a
single monthly magazine. With today’s growing access to the Internet (who
would have thought of that just 20 years ago?), a monthly magazine is a portal for so much more now available within your particular flying passion. ;e
success of the Experimenter e-newsletter for
homebuilders and the growing menu of other
similar o;erings mean each one of us can “dig
deeper” and find specific knowledge and information that 100 to 150 monthly printed pages
cannot hope to provide. You can discover more
about all of EAA’s electronic newsletters at
It’s all designed to answer the question,
“How do I…?” It might mean, “How do I select
or build the right airplane?” or “How do I
become a better pilot?” or “How I can get more
people involved in aviation?” ;e possibilities
seem infinite, but I promise we’ll do our best to
provide answers to those questions.
EAA has always been a varied community
and has constantly reached out to welcome
those passionate about participating.
Homebuilders and vintage enthusiasts were
part of EAA’s first meeting in 1953, warbirds
and aerobatic aircraft began appearing in the
early 1960s, ultralights in the 1970s and early
’80s, and light-sport aircraft in just the past
five years. EAAers own, fly, and dream about
all types of aircraft!
;at diversity is EAA’s strength. ;e spirit
of aviation binds and inspires us, regardless of
the particular aircraft we fly. You see and feel
that spirit each year at AirVenture Oshkosh. It
makes EAA unique among aviation organizations—o;ering the ability to discover and
learn from each other across the entire spectrum of flying. ;at is what you’ll see in the
new Sport Aviation.
;is has been a labor, but a labor of love for
all of us who have been involved in this transformation. We took your constructive
comments and criticism to shape the new magazine you’re about to read. Dig through and
absorb it. Keep passing along your ideas. It’s all
very exciting, as the content better reflects
EAA-member requests more than at any time
in your organization’s history. Your headquarters team is looking forward to sharing much
more in the months ahead.
Welcome to today’s world of Sport Aviation.