Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is older and larger than the EAA.

Since 1939, the AOPA has been a major voice for general aviation.

It currently has more than 400,000 members including sport, recreational, private, and commercial pilots and instructors.

Though their primary market is pilots with a private or higher certification, they have reached out to embrace the newest category, sport pilots, with new programs and new opportunities.

The AOPA is increasing its focus on student pilots for all certificates.

Its Flight Training magazine, for example, is top-notch and includes articles and advertisements aimed at helping new and wannabe pilots feel more comfortable in aviation.

The AOPA has stressed flying safety for many years, developing training that has helped private aviation become an extremely safe sport.

The AOPA sponsors conventions, seminars, fly-ins, and other events that spread the word about safe flying.

In addition, it is a strong voice in Washington for making sure pilots have a say in legislation.

The AOPA publishes Flight Training and other magazines.

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Membership in the AOPA is just $39.00 a year and includes publications and numerous benefits.

For further information, contact the AOPA online at or call 1-800-USA-AOPA (1-800-872-2672).

The mailing address is AOPA, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701.