EAA or AOPA

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I am just getting back into GA and was going to join our local EAA club. I liked the building aspect of it, and a great bunch of guys. But I was thinking...which is better; the AOPA or EAA? A little bit about me: 12 hours of dual...20 years between the 11th and 12 hour....I am basically starting over. I would like to fly GA, fly and see our children...one lives about 4 hours away. So far we all live in Florida...so mountains to contend with. If things pan out, I'd like to buy an older Cessna 172 I have had my eyes on. Would like to increase flight time and donate myself and plane to organizations like Angel Flight and/or Missionary work also. Do I want to build? Heck yeah! I'm a RC modeler from way back...building would be a great step. Best thing, my wife supports me....Whew! If there was a thread on this already, I would appreciate the heads up. Thanks 29erJ
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Some folks have all the luck, my other half would throw me out sooner than agree with me.

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Not luck...Blessed! My X was like that. Than God someone better in mind for me, I am blessed! 29erJ
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In judging between the orgs... If you're flying just for fun, the EAA is a good choice. They also have the Autogas STCs. If you're getting an old 172...they have a subgroup for "classic" aircraft from the 50's & 60s....(also antiques, warbirds, homebuilts, etc). You'd get two magazines...one from the entire group and one for your sub-group of interest. AOPA is more for business aircraft and private owners who fly a lot...I'm sure they have advantages (insurance) I just don't know as much about them.

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I've been getting that impression. I am leaning towards the EAA because there is a monthly meeting about 15 from where I work. I like the club atmosphere. thanks J Boyle 29erJ

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No contest for me. I belong to both EAA and AOPA (good magazines and on-line services from both). I fly an RV-4 which is fast, sporty and economical. Night and IFR is allowed if you're suitably equipped and licensed - unlike in Europe. If you build yourself, you can also get a repairman's certificate allowing you to sign off your own maintenance, repairs and condition inspections. If someone else built it, it's still generally easy to find an A&P who will supervise and sign-off an owner annual. If you stick with the best of the EAA types then safety is at least as good as with factory builts.