EAA was founded in 1953 by Paul H. Poberezny who served as the organization’s president from 1953 to 1989 and then as chairman of the board until 2009.
From its small beginning with just a few aviation enthusiasts in 1953, it has grown into an international organization representing virtually the entire spectrum of recreational aviation with over 200,000 members worldwide. EAA is involved in every aspect of flight. If it flies, EAA members are involved. Originally formed and headquartered in an old coal bin in the basement of Paul Poberezny’s home located in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, this organization has grown in number to over 200,000 members strong and is now headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Local EAA chapters are located in all 50 states and many countries as well. Members are aviation enthusiasts of every age group, including many airline and commercial pilots, engineers, business people and even astronauts. Members enjoy all types of airplanes, including “experimental” aircraft built by individual craftsmen rather than in a factory. “Experimental” refers to the category of aircraft designed by the Federal Aviation Authority (“FAA”) for these types of airplanes. Similar to standard category aircraft, Experimental aircraft are inspected and certified airworthy by FAA.