Guide to Member Services

AOPA member services that keep you flying

March 1, 2005

AOPA Pilot Information Center — ready when you are

AOPA members enjoy free access to general aviation's most comprehensive knowledge base via our 800 number, where members can determine the right price for a prospective aircraft purchase, compare performance characteristics of low-cost avionics, or talk to an aviation expert about any flight operations or aircraft ownership issues.

AOPA members enjoy the following benefits:

AOPA Pilot Information Center. The AOPA Pilot Information Center puts some of GA's most experienced pilots as close as your phone; 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern time.

John L. Baker Aviation Library. AOPA's John L. Baker Aviation Library houses more than 10,000 volumes of technical, research, and training materials in the area of general aviation. One of the largest collections specializing in general aviation, the collection is operated in support of AOPA's staff and programs. The library is open to AOPA members and the general public between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

AOPA information packets and booklets. Subjects for AOPA's most popular booklets are drawn from the real-life concerns of AOPA members, as noted by our staff in answering more than 100,000 member calls for assistance every year.

Got a question for us? Call the AOPA Pilot Information Center, 800/872-2672, or e-mail [email protected].

Buying? Here's the help you need

The AOPA Aircraft Financing Program, underwritten by MBNA, helps you with your aircraft financing needs. With loans from $10,000 to $5 million and a variety of rate and fee options, the program can customize a loan to suit most needs. Loans are offered for purchase, refinance, or upgrades and are available for many types of new and used aircraft. Long repayment terms reduce monthly payments.

The easy application process allows customers to apply by telephone or online, and an underwriter may be able to prequalify applicants in minutes. The AOPA Aircraft Financing Program is the only aircraft loan program endorsed by AOPA. AOPA and MBNA have partnered for more than 20 years to provide financial services to AOPA members. When you finance $20,000 or more, MBNA will pay your AOPA basic membership dues for the life of your loan.

Call 800/627-5263 or visit the Web site (

Vref means value reference

The AOPA Aircraft Valuation Service (powered by Vref) is a good starting point when determining the general retail value of an airplane. In a step-by-step online process through a particular aircraft's make, model, age, modifications, and add-ons, Vref helps you evaluate the viability of a purchase. While not intended as a detailed appraisal, Vref can give you a starting point when you consider purchasing an aircraft.

To perform an aircraft valuation or to learn more about Vref, visit the Web site (