The following is a loosely formed collection of my thoughts on EAA. It's late so forgive my lack of coherent thought. I'm an EAA member and will continue to be one for the foreseeable future. Am I happy with the magazine? Not really. Chad is working hard to introduce some good homebuilding content, but it's not enough. The new format is visually appealing but it seems as though it just made more space for advertising. I was excited to see the article about the winner of the Green Flight Challenge in January's issue until I read it. Very little technical content and lots of fluff. Almost no article I read has any real meat I can sink my teeth into. Chad - we need you to fight the good fight! However, EAA is more than a magazine. They have made strides in their web content with the Hints for Homebuilders video series. I haven't looked at their forum much but it's a step in the right direction. Making every issue of experimenter and sport aviation available online was a great thing. Local EAA chapters can be a HUGE asset during a build and can actually have a positive impact on a local community. They can also be a group of grumpy old guys who don't really do anything. It'***** or miss but on the whole a very good thing. Who can say the young eagles program was a bad idea? I still remember my first airplane ride and it changed my life. If AOPA had come up with young eagles, would they have allowed flights in homebuilts? I don't know. Who went to bat for a homebuilder when his city zoning regulations said airplanes could not be built or worked on in a residential garage? Being able to "Phone a friend" in a situation like that could mean the world to me someday. Would AOPA of helped out? I don't know. EAA and AOPA are both powerful lobbying forces for general aviation. The difference is that EAA acknowledges that homebuilding exists. From what I've seen, I believe that if you were to poll the AOPA membership as a whole about the legitimacy and safety of homebuilts, we would be very dismayed. EAA has brought in some "heavy hitters" to it's lobbying game such as Harrison Ford, Sullenberger and Skiles (flight 1549), Jeff Dunham, etc. It might seem like fluff, but these folks bring a lot of publicity and legitimacy to the homebuilding movement by just being associated with EAA. Is EAA perfect? Not at all. But I personally support it anyway. If another organization came on the scene that was more focused on homebuilding I'd support that too. Oh yeah, and before I'm accused of AOPA bashing...I'm a member of that one too!