Thanks to AOPA Foundation donors, the You Can Fly and AOPA Air Safety Institute, which are completely funded by donations, developed programs that are making pilots safer, providing more affordable access to flying, teaching high school students about aviation, and getting more pilots back in the air.
In 2017, the Air Safety Institute’s safety programs were viewed more than 2 million times. The general aviation accident rate is at an all-time low, thanks in part to the institute’s safety materials that pilots study. The institute also launched the BasicMed online course, and more than 20,000 pilots are back in the left seat flying under the new alternative to medical certification.
Taking aim at the younger generation to ensure a healthy future for GA, the You Can Fly team is field testing ninth grade aviation science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum on more than 700 students at 29 high schools in 17 states across the country.
These programs are funded exclusively by donations to the AOPA Foundation, not regular AOPA member dues.
“As we look ahead to 2018, there’s more work to be done,” AOPA President Mark Baker says in a special message about the many accomplishments made possible by generous donations. “Donate to the AOPA Foundation and be a part of the solution.”