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What does it mean to be an AOPA pilot? For many, it means taking the controls of an aircraft and living out a dream that humans have pursued throughout the ages. For some, it means an aspiration to learn to fly, and for still others it simply means an unbridled enthusiasm for aviation and a desire to share it with others.
AOPA pilots take to the skies for many reasons, and are driven by motivations as varied as they are; while some of them fly to further business goals and stimulate the economy, others relish the exhilaration and the beauty that come with experiencing the world from a different perspective. While their community is remarkably diverse, there is one common idea that is shared by all AOPA pilots--a love of flight.
The AOPA team, operating out of offices in Frederick, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Wichita, Kansas, exists to protect and to grow the incredible privilege that they call general aviation. Whether it is through educating the public about the fun and the utility that aircraft can provide, preparing resources and training material to enhance the skills of pilots everywhere, or advocating for aviation within government agencies--it is their job to maintain the strength and vitality of the flying community.
Their mission is to ensure that the sky remains within reach of everyone who dreams of becoming a pilot.
Become a member of AOPA AV8RS -- AOPA's free membership for teens aged 13-18. If you have an interest in aviation or thinking about becoming a pilot, AOPA is there to inspire, encourage and support you. You'll receive a free welcome gift just for joining.
This offer is only valid for residents of:
- United States