The Fox Valley Sport Aviation Association - EAA Chapter 579

Our missions are many. To the local communities we are the "Goodwill Ambassadors" of aviation, hosting some of the best aviation events available to the public. To our members, we offer support and help on their aircraft projects, we provide contacts for flight instruction, host safety seminars, conduct technical seminars, offer adult introductory and Young Eagle rides - and much, much more. Monthly Chapter meetings are held at the Sugar Grove Fire Houseon the 4th Thursday of the month, except for July, November and December, when they are held on the third Thursday because of AirVenture and the Holidays.

EAA Young Eagles

Chapter 579 participates in the EAA Aviation Foundation's Young Eagle program by hosting numerous flight rallies each year, spring through fall. To date, over 16,000 Young Eagles have been flown by Chapter 579 pilots. We host open rallies at the Sugar Grove Fire House between April and October, typically on the 4th Sunday of selected months, between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Our members have also conducted a number of special Young Eagle events to support local organizations, such as church youth groups and the scouts, outside of the open rallies. See the "Current News" page for Young Eagle dates. No matter when it is though, the pilots and the participants appreciate the professionalism and pure fun that is typical of a Chapter 579 flight rally.


Other Activities

Chapter 579 members also contribute their time and efforts to other worthwhile endeavors, such as: EAA workparty weekends, Oshkosh conventions volunteers, EAA B-17 tours, regional technical workshops, FAA safety workshops, fly-outs and picnics among others.

The Chapter also conducts either a private or instrument ground school for Chapter members who want to get their Private Pilots certificate or add an Instrument Rating to their ticket.

Chapter members who are also aircraft owners typically have informal “breakfast club” fly-outs on Sunday mornings in the summer to airports within an hour’s flying time of Aurora that have restaurants on the field. Empty seats are usually available for those members interested in riding along.


Each year the Chapter sponsors two kids for a week at Air Venture camp at Oshkosh, WI where they learn not only about flying airplanes, but also how they are constructed and the various opportunities that exist in the aviation industry. Typically, one of the scholarships awarded every year is to a child whose family could not otherwise afford to send them to this camp.


Annual Awards Banquet

Each December, the Chapter holds its annual awards banquet to honor the members who have made significant contributions of time and effort on behalf of the Chapter and the sport aviation movement.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Fox Valley Sport Aviation Association - EAA Chapter 579 you will receive our newsletter, The New Propwash. This newsletter reports on our current activities and profiles the people that make them happen. You will also be eligible to participate in the many exciting sport aviation activities the are hosted throughout the year by your EAA Chapter.

And your fellow Chapter members have the knowledge, equipment and desire to help you with whatever your aviation interests or needs might be.



For a calendar of upcoming events and more information contact The Fox Valley Sport Aviation Association - EAA Chapter 579 - at P.O. Box 559, Sugar Grove, IL 60554, or visit our website at