The AOPA: Protecting Your Right to Fly

In an industry with complex rules and regulations, it’s critical to have access to industry organizations like the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Established in 1939, AOPA is the world’s largest and most active aviation organization supporting pilots, aircraft owners, students, and enthusiasts.

A rich history

In its infancy, the AOPA contributed to the education of pilots who served in World War II. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the AOPA fought against government efforts to ban civilian flying, helping to launch a more reasonable pilot identification program instead.

After the war, the aviation industry expanded rapidly, and today the AOPA acts as legislative advocate for more than 400,000 members. Its central mission is to “preserve the freedom to fly” while emphasizing accessibility and safety for the general public. The organization also supports and promotes initiatives that ensure a secure and stable future for the aviation industry.

Online tools

The AOPA website hosts an extensive set of training and how-to resources for anyone interested in aviation:

  • Digital flight planners
  • Tips for buying and selling aircraft
  • Flight risk evaluator
  • Finding a flight instructor
  • Advanced flight training

Annual membership fees of just $45 provide a wide range of benefits including aircraft and life insurance plans, special rates for legal services, and emergency medical coverage. Members also enjoy exclusive access to programs that assist with aircraft financing, title services, and more.

For more information about the association and the many benefits of AOPA membership, visit

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