All of those hours you’ve spent playing flight simulation games can be brought to life. Plus, pilot gear just looks cool.
Although you can’t get a pilot’s certificate until you turn 16, you can start flight training at any age. So while your peers are bragging about driving a car, you can brag about flying a plane.
There’s still a need for qualified professionals in the aviation industry, and not just pilots. We need engineers,tower controllers, mechanics, aerial photographers, and other specialized positions, making this industry an attractive career option.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a not-for-profit individual membership association, serves the interests and needs of its members as aircraft owners, pilots and aviation enthusiasts and is dedicated to promoting the economy, safety, utility, and popularity of flight in general aviation (GA) aircraft.
With a membership base of nearly 400,000 pilots and aviation enthusiasts in the United States, AOPA is the largest, most influential aviation association in the world. AOPA has achieved its prominent position through effective advocacy, enlightened leadership, technical competence, and hard work. Providing member services that range from representation at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, advice, and other assistance, AOPA has built a service organization that far exceeds any other in the aviation community.
AOPA AV8RS are AOPA’s future. Recruiting, engaging and developing the next generation of AOPA members is key to the future of the organization. The youth membership allows AOPA to make an early connection with young people aged 13-18 and raise awareness of aviation and flight through education, engagement, cultivation and support.
Additionally, this new membership category is just one of many AOPA initiatives that will be instrumental in reversing the decline of the pilot population, setting us on a course for a stronger GA community. In carrying out its mission, AOPA has a responsibility to help develop a new generation of pilots because a strong and growing pilot population is vital to the future of our industry. Download the brochure >>
AOPA has a vast amount of resources to inspire our future pilots as well as lots of fascinating and fun information to support the curious. When they join, AOPA AV8RS receive a digital subscription to Flight Training magazine; access to member-only content on www.aopa.org and flightraining.aopa.org for research and interesting stories; opportunities to connect with other AOPA AV8RS across the country through dedicated online social communities including Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and YouTube; informative content at www.aopa.org/av8rs; a special e-newsletter with stories about young pilots, the latest aviation technologies, events, scholarship opportunties, and more.
If you’re curious about aviation and the exciting world of flight, we encourage you to visit Let’s Go Flying.
Funding for AOPA AV8RS is made possible though generous contributions to the AOPA Foundation. To support AOPA AV8RS, pleast visit www.aopafoundation.org/donateav8rs.
Youth Membership Mission: The pursuit of the following principles and actions:
Vision: An informed community of young people inspired to learn to fly and subsequently developing a lifelong passion for aviation and a long-term affinity with our organization.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.