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About EAA Chapter 242 - Palmetto Sport Aviation

EAA Chapter 242, based at Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport (KCUB) in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, is the local chapter of the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA), having served the area’s aviation community since 1965. Members fly, build & talk airplanes, and just have fun hanging out at the hangars and the well equipped clubroom. Come join the fun. 

The begining

EAA Chapter 242 was established in May of 1965. Unknown to each other, Xen Motsinger and Monty Blanton sent letters to the EAA requesting information on starting a chapter. Chapter 242’s initial roster consisted of 15 members. Meetings were held wherever space was available (Columbia Metropolitan Airport, restaurants) until 1970 when a small trailer was purchased. Former EAA President, Paul Poberezny was present in 1990 to dedicate the current home of Chapter 242. The Sport Aviation Center (SAC) is located on the south end of Columbia / Owens Downtown Airport. (CUB)

What is EAA?

EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is an international aviation membership association founded in 1953 and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

EAA sponsors many aviation education programs including the EAA Young Eagles program. More than 160,000 people currently belong to EAA, with local Chapters located in all 50 states and many countries.

Members are aviation enthusiasts of every age group, including many airline and commercial pilots, engineers, business people and even astronauts. Our members enjoy all types of airplanes, including “experimental” aircraft, those aircraft built by individual craftsmen, rather than in a factory.



The SAC (Sport Aviation Center) is the EAA 242 headquarters. It has alot to offer including:


  • Heating in the winter, and cooling in the summer

  • Fully stocked kitchen

  • Lounge area including leather couch, chairs, big screen TV with digital cable

  • Computer and intetnet access and WIFI

  • Flight simulator

  • Flight planning area

  • And much more!


Access to the SAC is included in your EAA 242 / PSA membership. Many social events are hosted at the SAC monthly, such as breakfast clubs, birthday dinners, Young Eagles, and more!

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