What is AOPA?

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.

Why did AOPA introduce a youth membership?

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 >>

So how does it benefit a young person?

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 opportunities, and more.

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AOPA AV8RS Mission and Vision

Youth Membership Mission: The pursuit of the following principles and actions:

  • Commitment: Provide relevant age-appropriate benefits to attract and retain youth members; identify appropriate infrastructures and resources to build and sustain it.
  • Possibility: Open the door of opportunity to young people from all walks of life and demonstrate that involvement in aviation is not just for the privileged few and that flight is an attainable pathway within reach.
  • Support: Instill the love of flying as a lifelong passion, while providing the resources and tools necessary for participants to advance in the world of aviation as far as their desire, skills, and hard work may take them.
  • Grassroots engagement: Provide youth with opportunities and resources in order to reach their full potential.
  • Education and outreach: Keep young people enthusiastic through experiences that engage their curiosity and motivation and opens their minds, hearts and eyes to their talent and new careers.

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.