Chapter 414

Lake County, IL

Welcome from the chapter president!

In the extreme north east corner of Illinois, north of Chicago, you will find Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 414 in Waukegan, Illinois.   We were chartered in 1973, and currently have over 40 active members.  Our members reside in many surrounding communities of Lake, McHenry, and Cook counties in Illinois; as well as Kenosha County in Wisconsin.

Here we hope to provide a clear picture of who we are and what we do. Our main purpose is to support sport aviation activities. We have many members actively flying and/or building experimental homebuilt aircraft of so many types and styles that they would be too numerous to mention here. Our members are mainly located in Northern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin, although some are scattered as far away as Florida and California, yet they maintain their contact with the chapter.

We also support youth activities, such as the EAA Young Eagles program. Some of our members have flown hundreds of young people, giving them their first flight in a small aircraft. From these beginnings, new pilots will someday emerge to fly their own Young Eagles perhaps.

Whether you fly, build, restore or simply enjoy airplanes and aviation, you are welcome to attend our events and join our chapter. We are a group of aviation enthusiasts, aircraft builders, and pilots who get together with like minded people to share ideas, exchange information, encourage safety, serve the local aviation community and have a lot of fun doing so. Please come to our next meeting or event as our guest. Thank you for stopping by!.

For more information on our chapter browse this site or email us at

- Dan Feldman, President, EAA Chapter 414


After many years meeting in non-aviation facilities such as schools and banks, we finally moved to our new home in 2011 on the grounds of Waukegan National Airport (KUGN).  Paul Wood’s Warbird Heritage Foundation( generously opened their facility for our activities.  Our meetings are held here monthly, as well as social activities and other events.

A map to guide you to us can be found here:  EAA CHAPTER 414 Location Map.pdf


We have a diverse membership.  It includes pilots, non-pilots, and soon-to-be pilots with 2 flight training facilities on the field.  We have builders with experience in tube and fabric, all metal, and composite aircraft construction.  Our members have built aircraft such as Avid, Glasair, Murphy Rebel, RV’s, Sonex, and Waiex, to name a few.


Not interested in building?  We have an active Young Eagles program.  Since the inception of the Young Eagle program, we have been flying thousands of Young Eagles from several area airports.  In addition to providing the flight experience, we also provide a mini “Ground School” to teach principles of flight to everyone before their flight.  There is always a need for supporters of this program, both on the ground and in the air.


Or, maybe you are interested in aviation history.  We host many speakers annually to present subjects of interest to the aviation buffs, as well as technical hands-on presentations for improving your building skills.

Our most recent added attraction is a newly formed chapter of the IMC Club.  This chapter will be meeting monthly (on a different night) to work on items related to keeping the IFR pilot current.  All are welcome whether instrument rated or not.

So thanks for stopping by our website!  We hope you take a look at our event schedule and drop in some time.  Visitors are always welcome.  For more information, email us at

About EAA

Our chapter is part of the worldwide network of EAA chapters. EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA's 170,000 plus members enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. To find out more about EAA and our programs and services, please visit our national organization home page at

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