Guide to Member Services

AOPA member services that keep you flying

March 25, 2013

Become an AOPA life member

AOPA life members are dedicated to general aviation and promoting GA safety. "AOPA's life members rank among the greatest heroes of the past 100 years," says AOPA President Phil Boyer. AOPA life members are true leaders in the GA community and their ongoing commitment keeps the skies safe for all pilots. Life membership is extended by invitation to pilots willing to contribute $2,500 or more to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. The contribution goes to continuing ASF's research and educational programs. In return for a life membership contribution, members receive:

  • Lifetime membership benefits in AOPA.
  • $2,000 tax deduction.
  • Framed AOPA life member certificate personally signed by Phil Boyer and ASF Executive Vice President Bruce Landsberg.
  • Distinctive AOPA life member card.
  • Distinctive AOPA life member lapel pin.
  • Annual recognition in the ASF's safety and philanthropy report.

To take your commitment to the next level, visit the Web site ( or call 800/955-9115.


Bahamas bound?

Mere mention of the word Bahamas evokes instant daydreams of relaxing on a beach, golfing or playing tennis, dancing to a beat, snorkeling through a weightless wonderland, and fishing (no license needed). Fun. A feeling of far away. And you can get there in your own airplane; it's not really that far offshore as the general aviation airplane flies. AOPA has prepared a flight-planning guide, available online, to help you plan your flight to the Bahamas. Although it is written to serve as a primer for the first-time flier to the islands, it can serve as a good reminder for the veteran island-hopper as well. This guide is meant to be advisory in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for good, sound flight preparation. Each pilot should plan his or her flight based upon personal experience level, proficiency, aircraft capabilities, and the weather.

See AOPA's Flight Planning Guide: Bahamas online (

Expo registration discounts

Save money on your AOPA Expo 2005 registration. Preregister online ( or call 888/462-3976 (888/GO2-EXPO) by October 17. Take advantage of several single- or multi-day options. Can't register by the deadline? Register on site at Expo during the show, from November 3 through 5 in Tampa.

Don't miss this opportunity to check out new products and services and hear firsthand what's on the horizon for general aviation.

Ask Norman Mineta, secretary of transportation, your critical questions at Saturday's general session. Improve your safety and proficiency skills by attending educational seminars.

Comparison shop the latest technology and sit in the cockpits of the latest aircraft.

AOPA Expo is an easy way to become a better pilot. We'll see you there.