One does not have to be a pilot, aircraft owner, or builder to be a member of The Experimental Aircraft Association. An interest in aviation is the only qualification one needs. We have various programs and activities of interest to all.
The Experimental Aircraft Association was founded in 1953. These individuals were brought together by their interest in building and modifying aircraft. Experimentation and innovation were the keywords in the early years and they still ring true today. However, over the years the EAA has come to include antiques, classics, war-birds, ultra-lights, helicopter and manufactured aircraft. The EAA has grown over the last 55 years and is now composed of over 1,000 chapters in 21 countries.
Chapter No. 50 normally meets at 1:30 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at Hinde Field. In the summer months the location varies. Members of the chapter with private airfields are gracious enough to host fly-in, drive-in, meetings, sharing their fields and hangars with the membership. These meetings are followed by potluck picnics and make for fun family events.
We maintain a library of aviation books and videos as well as computerized training and safety courses. The chapter supports a tool loan program to provide members with repair, maintenance and building construction tools. New tools are continually added to the program.