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Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Type Not for profit
Founded 1939
Headquarters Frederick, Maryland, United States
Membership Individuals and companies
Field Aviation advocacy
Number of Members Worldwide 384,915 (2012)
Founder P.T. Sharples
Chairman of the Board Bill Trimble III (2005)
Vice Chairman of the Board Darrell Crate (February 2014)
President & CEO Mark Baker (September 6, 2013)[1]
Website .org.aopawww
AOPA Headquarters
An AOPA-owned Cessna Grand Caravan
A Cessna 182 panel upgrade featured in AOPA publications for the 2011 sweepstakes

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is a general aviation.

The organization started at

  • Official website
  • AOPA Air Safety Institute
  • General Aviation Serves America
  • AOPA USA's Let's Go Flying
  • Records of the AOPA at the Hagley Museum and Library

External links

  1. ^ Grady, Mary (2013-08-20). "AOPA Names Mark Baker As New President". AVweb. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  2. ^ Julie Summers (May 2014). "Where it all began". AOPA Pilot: 30. 
  3. ^ Flying Magazine: 76. August 1945. 
  4. ^ Komons, Nick (August 1989). Air Progress 51: 62. 
  5. ^ a b "Mission and History of AOPA". Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Air Progress: 20. September 1971. 
  7. ^ IAOPA Statistical Report World Assembly, April 2012, retrieved 2012-08-01
  8. ^ IAOPA Statistical Report World Assembly, June 2010, retrieved 2012-08-01
  9. ^ "International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations". Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  10. ^ "About the AOPA Foundation". Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. 
  11. ^ "AOPA Foundation". Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  12. ^ "Political Action Committee". Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  13. ^ Brown, Sarah (April 20, 2009). "GA Serves America campaign to protect, promote GA". Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  14. ^ AOPA Pilot June, 1983
  15. ^ "Air Safety Institute". AOPA. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  16. ^ "2015 AOPA Fly-Ins". 


See also

AOPA sponsors its own Fly-In and open house in Frederick Maryland. The yearly event started in 1991 with 125 aircraft. By 2001, the attendance grew to 760 aircraft. The event was cancelled for five years after the September 11th attacks, and airspace changes, but resumed in 2006.

There are 5 fly-in's planned for 2015, with their annual Frederick Maryland Homecoming Fly-In scheduled for June 6, 2015. [2][16]

Additional 2015 Fly-In's scheduled:
Salinas, May 16 2015
Minneapolis, August 22, 2015
Colorado Springs, September 26, 2015
Tullahoma, October 10, 2015


  • AOPA Foundation, is AOPA’s [11] The foundation's four goals are to improve general aviation safety (under the auspices of its Air Safety Institute), grow pilot population, preserve and improve community airports, and provide a positive image of general aviation.[10]
  • AOPA Political Action Committee, is just for AOPA members. Through lobbying, it represents the interests of general aviation to Congress, the Executive Branch, and state and local governments. The AOPA PAC campaigns in favor of federal, state and local candidates that support their policies and oppose those who do not through advertising and membership grassroots campaigns.[12]
  • GA Serves America, was created to promote general aviation to the public.[13]
  • Legal Services Plan/Pilot Protection Services, provides AOPA members with legal defense against alleged FAA enforcement charges as well as assistance obtaining an FAA flight medical. Enrollment in Pilot Protection Services is only open to AOPA members and requires an additional payment above dues. The Legal Services Plan was combined with the former medical program in May 2012 under the name Pilot Protection Services. The Legal Services Plan was created in June 1983.[14]
  • Air Safety Institute (formerly the Air Safety Foundation) is a separate nonprofit, tax exempt organization promoting safety and pilot proficiency in general aviation through quality training, education, research, analysis, and the dissemination of information.[15]

AOPA has several programs.



  • Programs 1
  • Events 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

With 384,915 members in 2012,[7] AOPA is the largest aviation association in the world, although since 2010 it has decreased in membership from 414,224, a loss of 7% in two years. AOPA is affiliated with other similar organizations in other countries though membership in the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA).[5][8][9]


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