EAA’s local chapters are about people, bringing together individuals interested in learning more about aviation as well as sharing their own knowledge.
Chapter members are involved in a variety of social and educational activities, including Young Eagles rallies, fly-ins, building seminars, and more, to build awareness in the community.
Chapter 865 of the Experimental Aircraft Association has been chartered since 1986. We are dedicated to the preservation of Sport Aviation and it’s history, the promotion of safety and the mentoring of young people in aviation. Our Chapter Hangar ( shown below ), is located on the Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport, in Niles Michigan. We use the slogan “Home of the Heath”, because The Heath Airplane Co., founded by Ed Heath (see below), a pioneer of the Home Built Airplane Kit, was located in Niles from 1931 to 1934.