Welcome back to flying! Please take advantage of AOPA’s many resources and services to help make your return to the sky fun, safe, and as economical as possible.
While it's no secret that the number of active pilots is declining, it doesn't have to continue! AOPA has a two-pronged initiative to grow the pilot population: first to support the development of a network of flying clubs. Extensive research has shown that flying clubs are a valuable part of the aviation landscape. Pilots involved with the most effective clubs find aviation more affordable and more accessible, and flying clubs create the type of supportive community that keeps pilots active and engaged. The flying club network will strengthen the bonds among pilots and clubs nationwide. You can use AOPA's Flying Club Finder to find a club near you. The second part of the initiative is improving the flight training experience, itself. Read all about AOPA's flight training initiative here.
New technologies as well as security regulations have impacted flying over the past several years. This subject report will bring you up-to-date on these aviation events and how they may affect your flying. The content is divided into sections that cover major changes to general aviation operations over the indicated period of time.
Pilots returning to aviation should familiarize themselves with changes to procedures and regulations in order to make a smooth transition back to flying. The following information highlights changes that have affected the aviation industry – both in terms of equipment and regulations.
More than 35,000 pilots are flying under BasicMed.
By completing four simple steps, eligible pilots can fly under FAA's BasicMed rules. Review AOPA's BasicMed Pilot and Physician Guide (PDF 651 KB) and BasicMed FAQs (PDF 284 KB) to see if you're eligible to take advantage of BasicMed. If you held a regular or special-issuance medical anytime on or after July 15, 2006, you are likely eligible to fly under BasicMed.
See if you qualify to fly under BasicMed and check the aircraft you are able to fly under the new rule here.