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What is AFTA?

Game-changing way to learn to fly

Learning to fly is one of life’s most challenging and rewarding goals.
Photography by Chris Rose.
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Photography by Chris Rose.
As the leading advocate for general aviation pilots and the industry, AOPA is committed to growing and supporting the pilot population. The association’s You Can Fly program began in 2014 with the goal of supporting general aviation through four initiatives: high schools, flight training, flying clubs, and rusty pilots. Especially important to the You Can Fly goals is helping students with flight training. AOPA Flight Training Advantage (AFTA) is a web portal- and iPad-based training application that will help make the process of flight training more effective for the student, the flight instructor, and the flight school.

AFTA individually customizes lesson plans. It keeps pace with the student’s progress, so they know what to expect and how to prepare for each lesson. Students can see how they’ve performed with a full detailed lesson history—instantly on their phone, computer, or other device. Students can check their training progress; access tips, videos, and articles in support of critical skills they need to master; and earn badges that will entice them to keep going. AFTA saves students time and money by streamlining training.

CFIs and flight schools benefit from AFTA, too. Lesson prep, access to student records, and grading to airmen certification standards helps deliver an efficient, high-quality flight training experience.

AFTA automatically assigns lesson elements based on student performance, while giving CFIs and schools the flexibility to modify on demand. Students appreciate anytime access to their lesson history, progress reports, and lesson prep materials. Instructors enjoy automating lesson creation, assigning study materials, and tracking student progress.

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Julie Walker
Julie Summers Walker
AOPA Senior Features Editor
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.

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