Should I join EAA?

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  1. N659HB

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    Got an "offer" to join for $40. About half that of AOPA (which is due), but I get a 10% insurance discount with AOPA. Don't want the expense of both.

    What say PoA?
     
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    Are you interested in Experimental Aircraft? Then yes.

    Do you prefer advertisements for outrageously priced planes and equipment? Stick with AOPA.

    Want to save on insurance? Pick another broker.

    I've been in both for years. They have clearly different focuses.
     
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    Primarily interested in hobbyist / enthusiast aviation (homebuilts, ultralights, warbirds, LSAs, vintage,...)? Join EAA.

    I'm a member of both.
     
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    I've allowed memberships in both run out.
     
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    I like the magazine. But I recommend any pilot to join if only to help advocate GA in the eyes of the Government. Without strength in numbers, advocacy has little backing, regardless of the money involved. I'm a member of several aviation advocacy groups and highly recommend joining at least the two big ones. "It's not always about me" philosophy applies here I guess.
     
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    My broker was highly recommended by....








    PoA!
     
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    Unless you personally have the time and money to influence congress or the personal influence to get some face time with the FAA Administrator, the only way that you will have a voice to influence the laws and regulations that apply to aviation is to be a member of an organization with the numbers to be the influence for you.

    I personally am a member of EAA, AOPA, and the Seaplane Pilots Association. I have also in the past been a member of PAMA which is an industry group for A&P Mechanics.

    I believe that any pilot who isn’t a member of at least one such group is foolish and a sponge. And if you aren’t a member and complain about the FAA or any aviation law or regulation, you are really just a clueless twit.
     
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  8. ETres

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    I'm a member of both AOPA and EAA because they're the two main advocates for GA.
     
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    Will you go to Oshkosh this year? EAA

    I’ve found that even though I am not an E/AB guy, the magazine still has learning value. It’s high quality. Look forward to each issue, and I haven’t been a magazine guy for many years. Worth the membership by itself in my opinion. I go to Oshkosh, so no-brainer for me.
     
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    Oshkosh is on the bucket list. ;)
     
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    yes, join EAA....this is the best advocacy you'll get for GA.

    as a side bennie...they have a nice monthly rag.
     
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    EAA does a lot in support of general aviation. I would suggest also seeking a local EAA chapter and get involved there.
     
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    I’m a member of both and prefer EAA.

    Cheers
     
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    EAA and AOPA safeguard our interests, and alert us when some bad legislation is about to happen. I would join both. $40 will buy you what, Starbucks for two weeks?
     
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    Both. We need to do all we can to protect general aviation.
     
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    Belonging to organizations that represent your interests can be very important. Back when I was employed by Intel I was the Chair of ITI TC5. ITI is the Information Technology Industry Council (formerly the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturer's Association - CBEMA). TC5 is their EMC committee. Leadership in TC5 got me access to regulators in a few countries that I would not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet and influence. Had I simply been an EMC engineer from Intel I'm sure they wouldn't have given me the time of day. EAA and AOPA offer you representation to Congress that you would not otherwise have. And the more members, the more they are listened to.
     
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    Join if you want to, but if not, than don’t join!
     
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    If you can only afford one and you regularly fly type-certificated aircraft, stick with AOPA. You will find a lot of irrelevant-to-you discussions with the EAA, including website, magazine and forums.

    I used to fly TC aircraft until a few years ago when I switched to EAB. Almost immediately I realized that so much info. with AOPA was no longer relevant.

    It's more than just the aircraft, it's the people and the mindset (and it works both ways).

    Sometimes just reading this forum, so much info/posts are no longer relevant to me.

    Don't get me wrong - AOPA is awesome. I had to make the financial choice you are now asking a few years ago. If I could afford both I would do it absolutely, but I can't. I had to choose EAA.

    If I was still flying TC aircraft then I would still be subscribing to AOPA, no question. Or if my financial situation changes I will do so as well.

    However, if your still flying TC aircraft you will give up too much important information and resources by switching to EAA.
     
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    I belong to AOPA. I donate additionally to the Air Safety Foundation because I think agree the ASF mission.
     
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    I would never belong to a club that would accept me as a member.

    (paraphrasing Groucho Marx)
     
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    Let my AOPA membership lapse. If there were a local EAA chapter I would most likely join.
     
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    I am currently a member of both, but EAA gives me a better vibe, I really liked their STC spear-heading initiative.
     
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    Does Mark Baker really need his own AOPA funded jet airplane considering he makes just under $800k/yr off our dues? AOPA, like many other 501 c3 organizations has made non profit very profitable for themselves.

    EAA is the average mans advocate. AOPA is a personal enrichment scheme in my opinion that belches out something interesting once in a while to keep the mouth breathers donating.
     
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    I may have misread your statement. Are you saying your broker IS AOPA, and they give the discount, or that your broker (someone else) gives a discount for AOPA but not for EAA membership? Don't forget the Wings program also gets factored in at most insurers, and it is free!

    But for your original question, It seems the masses are saying Both or EAA only.
     
  25. N659HB

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    I'm wanting to go experimental in a few years. Seems EAA is the way to go.
     
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    AOPA is NOT my broker. It's True Course Aviation. After reviewing my recent application for insurance, it seems they accept EAA as well. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

    I've registered for the online Wings program. Now to take some "courses." That should help with my flight review later this year.
     
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    I’m a member of both,prefer Eaa ,as I do young eagles. Use Aopa for insurance.
     
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    Definitely going EXP. May even build it myself! Just not with Home Depot materials...
     
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    Lowe’s?
     
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    Nah. For an aircraft, everyone knows Ace Is the Place!

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    I'm a member of both. My reason is that we (general aviation) can use all the support we can get as the regular public simply doesn't understand or care.
     
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    Yeah. They think we're all rich "fat cats," even the ones driving $60K pickup trucks.
     
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    I've been a member of both AOPA and EAA since 1965 and believe the value of both organizations is in their GA advocacy. We wouldn't have BasicMed, numerous blanket STCs, and sport pilot/LSAs, without the lobbying these organizations do.

    Without them we'd also have user fees by now.
     
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    I like their photography! ;)

    Honestly I had dropped both AOPA and EAA until I started volunteering for EAA. I rejoined right before going to Oshkosh two years ago.

    I got tired of AOPA asking me for more money. We have your yearly dues, we have millions in the bank, but we need you to give us more. In the end, I decided I was tired of it. Now they're working on a story that will use some of my photos, so maybe I'll change my mind again!