Chapter 1358

Dothan, Alabama

Capital Campaign



EAA Chapter 1358, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is requesting your financial support to complete the payment for an on-airport, multi-purpose building that has been constructed and is being used to facilitate youth aviation science and maintenance classes, airplane build projects, Young Eagle rallies, FAA approved simulator training, and aviation training events and seminars.


Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1358 is a well-established, non-profit organization that has supported the Wiregrass Community for over 10 years with a focus on the EAA Young Eagles Program. EAA Chapter 1358 members have utilized the Young Eagles Program to fly over 1,000 students ages 8 through 17 from all walks of life, free of charge, so that they may experience the freedom of flight and better understand the numerous career fields associated with aviation. Chapter 1358 has close working relationships with the Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority (for land lease), the Aero-One Aviation Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at Dothan Regional Airport, Napier Field Utilities, and ACOM Aviation Academy (Youth based flight and ground training). The Chapter membership has approved a fund- raising campaign that has resource the construction of a basic 3,000 sq ft building. The goal of the campaign is to raise $80,000.00, of which more than half has already been committed, and it will take place from August 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. 

a) Purpose of the project

There new Chapter 1358 facility is dedicated to giving students “hands on” exposure to all aspects of aviation career fields: flying, maintenance, drones, and air traffic control.

From the Fall of 2012 to January 2018, EAA Chapter 1358 thrived in space generously provided by Aero-One Aviation. In January 2018, business needs necessitated the Chapter move from the FBO. Until July 2021, the Chapter’s work with respect to the EAA Young Eagles Program was severely constrained.

The Chapter’s FAA approved flight simulator has been moved into the new building and is actively used by Young Eagles and Chapter members.

  • Awards annual flight training scholarships

  • Developed scenario-based simulator flight training for high school students

  • Provides aviation career counseling at Southeast Alabama Worlds of Work events

  • Collaborating with ACOM Aviation Academy's extensive ground and flight training for high school students

  • Conducts FAA sanctioned accident prevention training in support of local aviation businesses and professionals

  • The aviation industry is growing and EAA 1358 supports a skilled aviation workforce in the Wiregrass and beyond


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