Guide to AOPA's new website

May 29, 2013

AOPA’s new website design and the technology powering it are geared to make it easier for you to find the aviation information you are looking for and update your membership profile and benefits any time, any day, from any computer or mobile device. It will also allow the association to continue to roll out new interactive features to keep improving your experience online.

In order to make these changes, AOPA carefully studied traffic patterns on its website and categorized its content to create a new structure that makes it easier for you to navigate to the information you want. Whether using the improved search feature in the upper right corner of the site or using the new navigation, you will be able to quickly find the information you need to fly safely, decrease the cost of flying, improve your skills, and stay up to date on the latest news.

The association’s most popular applications—weather, FlyQ Web, FlyQ EFB, AOPA Airports, and TFR map—are accessible directly from the home page tool bar. The home page also features news, updates on advocacy issues, flying clubs, products and services, and the Air Safety Institute’s popular free safety education products.

For the best user experience, please use Internet Explorer 9 or later, or the latest version of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, and then press “CTRL” and “F5” to ensure the new website loads correctly. All of your bookmarks will still work, but for best performance, once you reach your favorite or most-frequented page, please update the bookmark.

News and Videos

Catch up on the latest news from the website, AOPA Pilot magazine, AOPA Live, blogs, and news headlines from around the web all in one location on a new dedicated news page broken into topics including technique, technology, health, travel, financial, advocacy, and gear and products. Each news topic has its own page where you can quickly see a wealth of information on a given subject in one location.

The News and Videos page also highlights interactive features like a poll and Plane Spotter quiz (How good is your aircraft recognition?). Links to AOPA’s popular Quiz Me and forums are also included on the news page. Bookmark it or set it as your home page for a quick aviation fix every day.

Flight Planning

While the flight planning tools are available through the site’s main navigation and via the home page, the Flight Planning page also offers those tools plus the full suite of AOPA FlyQ products; access to an archive of apps useful for flight planning and decision making; information on flying to Alaska, the Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico; and more.

Membership

Through the Membership page, join, renew, or manage your membership, and select the type of membership that best suits you, for example military or student. Through the navigation, view your Air Safety Institute course transcript, learn about your member benefits, get the latest updates on the AOPA sweepstakes airplane, and visit the AOPA store for the latest products.

Products and Services

The Products and Services page and navigation menu offer access at a glance to all of the products AOPA offers to help protect your pilot certificate, finance your aircraft, and more. Divided into insurance services, pilot services, and aircraft ownership, you will quickly be able to find the products that will help you most. In addition, browse the AOPA Store, which contains clothing, publications, a flight simulator, and more.

Pilot Resources

Pilot Resources is your one-stop resource for information on medical certification, flying clubs, aircraft ownership, safety and technique, learning to fly, and more. AOPA’s Aviation Job Board and Forums can be accessed through Pilot Resources. No matter your level of pilot certification, years of flying or aviation inactivity, Pilot Resources will provide answers to any questions you might have as well as contact information for AOPA’s Pilot Information Center so that you can send an email or call aviation specialists for one-on-one help.

Education

The Education section features products from the Air Safety Institute and Pilot Information Center. Filter by topic or peruse the offerings by Netflix-style sliders divided by media type, including online courses, quizzes, safety videos, webinars, Accident Case Studies, Real Pilot Stories, and Ask ATC videos. In-person safety seminars and flight instructor renewal clinics are also in the Education section.

Community and Events

List your airport fly-in and open house events in the Aviation Calendar of Events and search for others in your area. Get the latest information about the largest national events such as AOPA Aviation Summit, EAA AirVenture, and the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo.

Or join the aviation community through social media with the AOPA Forums, AOPA Facebook page, or the association’s Twitter feed. You’ll connect with AOPA members across the country and the world through the bond of aviation.

Through the navigation, learn about AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community, Flight Training Initiative, Flying Club Initiative, and Aircraft Partnership Program.

Advocacy

Get the latest on AOPA’s advocacy efforts and find information on airport and state advocacy, regulations and certification, air traffic services and technology, and security and borders. Plus, learn how to get involved through the association’s Airport Support Network and Political Action Committee.

AOPA understands that it may take some visitors time to adjust to the new design and navigation. To that end, AOPA’s Pilot Information Center and Membership Services specialists have received extensive training on the new website and are eager to help you with any questions you may encounter. They are standing by Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern.