The AOPA Flight Training Student Retention Initiative is a long-term, industry-wide effort dedicated to increasing the percentage of students who earn a pilot certificate. Facilitating a positive flight training experience will help student pilots achieve their goals while growing the pilot population and strengthening general aviation. See below for resources designed to help student pilots, instructors, and flight schools get the most out of the flight training experience.
Research Report: The Flight Training Experience
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This comprehensive study provides a deeper, more objective understanding of the flight training experience and serves as the foundation of the AOPA Flight Training Student Retention Initiative.
Please email comments or questions about the AOPA Flight Training Student Retention Initiative to FTinitiative@aopa.org.
AOPA is excited to preview three innovative and exciting books about learning to fly. They are packaged as field guides on flight training. One book is for the student (PDF 56KB). The second book is for flight instructors (PDF 66KB), and a third is for flight training organizations (PDF 56KB).
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The AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards, brought to you by Flight Training magazine, are designed to highlight best practices and the customer experience of successful flight schools and independent training professionals. Guided by the Flight Training Experience research, the awardees are chosen utilizing customer reviews of actual trainning experiences so the student, instructor and school is better informed.
San Carlos Flight Center in the Bay Area of California won our Best Flight School of 2013 award.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.