Flyin' Bears



Who Are We?

Welcome to the official web site of the New Bern, North Carolina Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

We are a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of the sport and hobby of recreational aviation, aviation safety, education and fellowship.

The Flyin' Bears holds it's monthly meeting at 7:00 pm on the fourth Monday of the month at Craven County Airport, inside the Tradewind Aviation Flight School (old Flight Service Station building adjacent the Tower).  Guests are always welcome and encouraged to attend.  We have interesting guest speakers, informative presentations, share information and resources, enjoy a cookout and just simply have a good time with friends who love aviation.

The EAA is an international organization dedicated to the support of aircraft homebuilders, and also sponsors various programs designed to provide education in, and to promote the enthusiasm for, general aviation.  The benefits of EAA national membership are numerous, and we encourage you to visit the official web site of the EAA at your leisure to learn more about this impressive and dynamic organization.

Chapter 1171 membership benefits are numerous as well.  Members can participate in all of our Special Events, attend general meetings, take advantage of seminars, and fly in our Young Eagles program, just to name a few.  Members also receive our monthly newsletter.

The members of the Flyin' Bears are a diverse group of aviation enthusiasts from the New Bern area and beyond.  Diverse in age, interests, projects, and occupations.  It is not necessary to be a pilot to belong to EAA and Chapter 1171.   Our non-pilot members are committed to promoting general aviation through participation in the many and varied activities the Chapter sponsors each year.

Many women are also involved in Chapter activities.  Check our links page to connect with websites such as the Ninety-Nines and WIAI which highlight women in aviation.

We also encourage the active participation of young people in Chapter activities, both through our Young Eagles program and with our Junior Membership for those under 18 years of age.

Throughout the year the Flyin' Bears hosts fly-ins, fly-outs, picnics and other activities for the young and young at heart who enjoy the romance of aviation.  We present educational programs for both novice and experienced flyers, and participate in programs such as Flying Start designed to introduce the non-flying community to the value and joy of flight.

Visitors and guests are always welcome at a Flyin' Bears event.  What better way to see first-hand the fun we have, and the wonderful people involved in our chapter.  Flyin' Bears events are designed for the entire family.  If you have children who are interested in flying, let us introduce them to aviation through our Young Eagles program.  If you fly, would like to learn to fly, or if you just have a love for aviation in general, please accept our invitation to attend our next monthly general meeting. 

We look forward to meeting you soon. 


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Contact Information


Bill Cunniff, President  252-636-5281

Jay Figueroa, Young Eagles  252-349-2022

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