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Foundation donors gather for updates

Article | Apr 07, 2016

AOPA Foundation donors received a private briefing on AOPA and Air Safety Institute initiatives at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo April 7.

AOPA Foundation funds NYC aviation camp

Article | Mar 02, 2016

A mid-winter recess from classes gave 32 New York City sixth through eighth graders time for a hands-on aviation experience.

12 hours, two tickets

Article | Feb 01, 2016

Here’s a fun way to spend your next birthday: Get up early, drive three hours, and spend the rest of the day taking tests.

2015 a record-breaker for Hat in the Ring Society

Article | Jan 12, 2016

The “amazing generosity” of new and renewing members of the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society powered it to a record-breaking 2015.

How to Launch Aviation Education into your Curriculum

Video | Jan 08, 2016

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Interactive Discussion

Video | Jan 07, 2016

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Launching an Aviation Education Program

Video | Jan 07, 2016

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

$200k Hat in the Ring Challenge Grant- Update

Video | Dec 21, 2015

The end of the year is approaching! Help the AOPA Foundation meet the matching challenge grants for the Hat in the Ring Society.

Goal in sight for Hat in the Ring Society's $200,000 match

Article | Dec 21, 2015

The AOPA Foundation's Hat in the Ring Society is in the home stretch of the $200,000 match challenge.

Barrington Irving

Video | Dec 16, 2015

Barrington Irving explains his Flying Classroom and how it's being used in schools across the nation. Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Aviation Education & Career Readiness

Video | Dec 14, 2015

Panel discussion, Colleen Conklin, Director, Gaetz Aerospace Institute, ERAU; terry Aunchman, Cirector of Career and Technical Education, Pasco County, FL; Dr. Ken Burns, Chairman, Flight Department, ERAU; Josh Olds, Director, Flight Operations, Waypoint Global Strategies UAS Program

Patrick Cwayna, CEO, WMAA

Video | Dec 13, 2015

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Aviation STEM - An Overview of the Issue

Video | Dec 11, 2015

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Opening Remarks - Stephanie Kenyon.mp4

Video | Dec 11, 2015

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Opening Remarks - Mark Baker, Katie Pribyl

Video | Dec 11, 2015

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Air racing excitement added to AOPA Foundation auction

Article | Dec 09, 2015

Imagine witnessing the incomparable thrill of air racing as a VIP spectator after flying a Breitling Extra 300 race plane with its celebrity pilot.

AOPA Foundation Year-End Message 2015

Video | Dec 03, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker and Interim Executive Director of the AOPA Foundation George Perry reflect on 2015.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with AOPA Foundation

Article | Nov 30, 2015

AOPA members can support the AOPA Foundation during #GivingTuesday, a movement that celebrates and encourages charitable activities supporting nonprofit organizations during the holiday season.

'Get your bid on'

Article | Nov 23, 2015

Watches for every kind of aviator and two pieces of unique aviation jewelry are available to the highest bidder in the AOPA Foundation’s online auction.

Safety

Article | Nov 22, 2015

Pilots practice stalls as part of their flight training and flight reviews all the time, yet unintended stalls – including power-on stalls – are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls is the Air Safety Institute’s latest safety video and is intended to help you recognize how vastly different training and real-world scenarios can be.

Find your tropical getaway in the AOPA Foundation online auction

Article | Nov 19, 2015

Three tropical getaways are among the thrilling packages on offer in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.

Donation funds flight scholarships

Article | Nov 18, 2015

A legacy of aviation excellence fostered by the husband and wife team of Frederick and Diane Fitts will continue through a new scholarship program funded by a memorial gift to the AOPA Foundation.

Popular AOPA Foundation online auction opens

Article | Nov 11, 2015

Let the bidding begin: The AOPA Foundation’s annual online general aviation auction is open until Dec. 20 and boasts 21 once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, nine flight experiences, seven packages for pilots who enjoy sports, 12 getaway packages, and more.

Hat in the Ring Society membership has its benefits

Article | Nov 04, 2015

When pilots join the Hat in the Ring Society they do so to help the future of general aviation, but they also enjoy the privilege of membership and the opportunity to share in great aviation events and meet new people.

Safety

Article | Oct 18, 2015

Whether your flying club members are instrument rated or aspire to be, the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s newest online course – IFR Insights: A Practical Approach will expand your flying skills. Flying IFR requires handling an airplane within very precise parameters, but ASI’s course also provides practical tips that help to reduce pilot workload.

Challenge: Double year-end donations to AOPA Foundation

Article | Oct 14, 2015

Learning to fly presented you with new challenges, just as there are challenges with every new skill you master. The AOPA Foundation has another challenge for you.

AOPA convenes first High School Aviation Symposium

Article | Oct 06, 2015

AOPA is inviting school administrators, guidance counselors, and aviation program directors to attend the first symposium of the AOPA Aviation Education Leadership Alliance.

2015 AOPA Flight Training Scholarship winners announced

Article | Oct 01, 2015

Twenty-four individuals have been selected as winners of the 2015 AOPA Flight Training Scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $12,000.

$200,000 challenge offered to Hat in the Ring Society

Article | Sep 25, 2015

Pilots who join the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society, renew their participation, or upgrade their giving before Dec. 31 will have their efforts matched.

AOPA Foundation announces 2015 Giving Back grant recipients

Article | Sep 22, 2015

The AOPA Foundation has awarded $10,000 grants to Build A Plane, Hope Flight Foundation, and Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth to promote the groups’ charitable work being done through general aviation.

Safety

Article | Sep 20, 2015

Preflight weather planning is the foundation for some of our most critical decisions. AOPA’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) is producing a series of practical weather flying safety videos with funding from NOAA’s National Weather Service. The first of this eight-part video series, Weather Wise: Gathering Information, features strategies on how to gather weather information at the right time and how to use a system that fits your needs, such as Flight Service and CSC Duats, or apps and websites.

$200k Hat in the Ring Challenge Grant

Video | Sep 17, 2015

Help the AOPA Foundation meet the matching challenge grants for the Hat in the Ring Society.

AOPA Foundation awards grants for training scholarships

Article | Aug 20, 2015

The AOPA Foundation has selected two nonprofits to receive the first $5,000 grants from a new program supporting organizations that offer scholarships to their members.

Safety

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Proper planning and understanding your experience and skill level are something every flying club member should understand. In this Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue, a low-time pilot takes you along on a personal and emotional journey as he reflects how a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turned the four-hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for him and his family.

How to share aviation

Article | Aug 05, 2015

Ceci Stratford, a pilot from Simi Valley, California, gives back to aviation by sponsoring Flight Training scholarships.

Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship celebrates flight

Article | Jul 29, 2015

Sarah Wilson, the former corporate pilot turned open-cockpit barnstormer, initiated the $5,000 Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship to encourage future pilots who also are looking for something different from their flying. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Aug. 9.

Safety

Article | Jul 19, 2015

The Air Safety Institute created a short and clever video just in time for summer. It provides tips and advice to make sure your vacation flight doesn’t become a bummer. Take a minute or two to watch this video, it’s a clever and fun way to do a brief flight review.

Tied to aviation history, building the future

Article | Jul 09, 2015

From World War II pilots to astronauts and commercial airlines, Breitling has served the aviation community with reliable, efficient timepieces since the early days of flying. Now, the Swiss manufacturer is investing in the next generation of pilots with the Breitling Aviation Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship winner earns her certificate

Article | Jul 08, 2015

AOPA’s 2014 Noe-Singer Flight Training Scholarship winner earned her private certificate just two days before her eighteenth birthday and then shipped off to the Air Force Academy for basic training.

AOPA Foundation to fund nonprofit flight training scholarships

Article | Jun 23, 2015

Nonprofit organizations seeking to offer flight training scholarships to aspiring aviators can receive help funding the scholarships through the AOPA Foundation's new grant program.

Safety

Article | Jun 21, 2015

The Air Safety Institute’s Accident Case Studies (ACS) are one of the most popular ways to improve your club members’ knowledge and safety. A new ACS video using Microsoft Flight Simulator and actual ATC audio, recreates a fatal accident in which a Piper Arrow collided with trees during an emergency approach to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base. Every pilot can learn from this Accident Case Study, from pre-flight planning, to proper communication and choosing the right alternate airports.

Inspiration nation

Article | Jun 16, 2015

The airplane remains a potent tool for sparking inspiration, and AOPA is offering new support to the growing movement to bring aeronautics into high school classrooms.

Baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. named Hat in the Ring co-chair

News release | Jun 11, 2015

Ken Griffey Jr., the 13-time Major League Baseball All-Star and accomplished private pilot, has been named an honorary co-chair of the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society.

BASEBALL ALL-STAR AND PILOT KEN GRIFFEY JR. JOINS AOPA HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY AS HONORARY CO-CHAIR

News release | Jun 10, 2015

BASEBALL ALL-STAR AND PILOT KEN GRIFFEY JR. JOINS AOPA HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY AS HONORARY CO-CHAIR

T-6 flight, sim time part of ‘AOPA Experience’

Article | May 28, 2015

Rick Schwartz, winning bidder for the AOPA Experience package in the AOPA Foundation auction, got a ride in a North American T-6/SNJ during a visit to the association’s Frederick, Maryland, headquarters May 27.

Country star named Hat in The Ring Society co-chair

Article | May 26, 2015

Multi-Platinum selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has been named an honorary co-chairman of the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in The Ring Society.

COUNTRY STAR DIERKS BENTLEY NAMED AOPA FOUNDATION HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY CO CHAIR

News release | May 22, 2015

COUNTRY STAR DIERKS BENTLEY NAMED AOPA FOUNDATION HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY CO-CHAIR

Grant funds expert instruction

Article | May 20, 2015

One of the 2014 recipients of an AOPA Foundation Giving Back grant put the dollars to use hiring an expert to teach life-saving skills.

Safety

Article | May 17, 2015

Trivia nights are a popular mid-week event at many local water holes. Why not make your club’s next Safety Meeting a trivia night by using the Air Safety Institute’s Safety Quizzes? ASI has more than 70 quizzes available online for free. Each has 10 questions and an explanation of the correct answer. This could be a fun way to engage your members and share important information to keep you club safe.

AOPA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2015 'GIVING BACK' GRANT PROGRAM

News release | May 07, 2015

AOPA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2015 ‘GIVING BACK’ GRANT PROGRAM

2015 Giving Back grant applications open

Article | May 07, 2015

The AOPA Foundation has announced that it will once again award 10 Giving Back grants to charities that are doing good work through general aviation.

Grant put to good work

Article | Apr 29, 2015

A California pilot group demonstrated the power of general aviation to respond in times of need, putting an AOPA Foundation grant to good use.

AOPA Foundation thanks pilots for giving back

Article | Apr 24, 2015

Dozens of AOPA Foundation supporters gathered April 24 at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. They were joined by foundation staff who had a simple message: Thank you.

Safety

Article | Mar 15, 2015

Getting from the ramp to the runway sounds simple…and usually is. But if you’re too casual you may find yourself in a dangerous situation. ASI’s new online course about Runway Safety is available to all pilots, not just AOPA members, and it’s a great refresher on cockpit distractions, confusing taxiways, and communications.

AOPA connects with members at Northwest Aviation Conference

Article | Feb 23, 2015

AOPA connected with hundreds of pilots, aircraft owners, and aviation enthusiasts during the thirty-second Northwest Aviation Conference held in Puyallup, Washington, Feb. 21 and 22.

Safety

Article | Feb 15, 2015

You and your fellow flying club members are trained to handle in-flight emergencies, but are you prepared to endure a forced landing? Of the millions of GA flights every year, only a few end with unplanned off-airport landings. Even though the odds of a crash are slim, the potential consequences are harsh—which is why you should prepare and take basic precautions. To help, the AOPA Air Safety Institute (ASI) offers a video, publication, seminar, and web page of resources dedicated to this topic.

Safety

Article | Jan 18, 2015

This year AOPA’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) is creating some incentives to make learning fun. By taking ASI courses you will automatically receive a prize entry for each qualified free online safety course, Real Pilot Story, and Accident Case Study you take each quarter—the more courses you take, the more chances to win. Four separate winners will be awarded in March, June, September, and December starting with a Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver, courtesy of Sporty’s Pilot Shop.

Be prepared

Article | Jan 08, 2015

As one family’s tragedy in the Kentucky woods on Jan. 2 captured worldwide attention, air safety experts renewed a call for pilots to be prepared.

Challenge benefits AOPA Foundation

Article | Dec 18, 2014

In a friendly challenge between AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow and AOPA President Mark Baker, general aviation will ultimately be the winner.

Time running out to bid on tailwheel package

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.

Dave Coulier interview

Video | Dec 11, 2014

Actor and comedian Dave Coulier talks about his Bonanza and his contribution to the AOPA Foundation's silent auction.

Matching challenge can double your impact

Article | Nov 26, 2014

Pilots have a chance to double the impact of their donations to the AOPA Foundation as the nonprofit nears its goal for a matching gift challenge.

AOPA Foundation needs your help this #GivingTuesday

Article | Nov 25, 2014

The AOPA Foundation is taking part in #GivingTuesday this holiday season.

Challenge seeks 50 new or renewing Hat in the Ring members

Article | Nov 20, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow are challenging one another to see who can recruit the most Hat in the Ring Society members for the foundation before the end of the year.

An unforgettable hour

Article | Nov 19, 2014

Patty Wagstaff is a patient teacher, with the skill and experience to get the most out of the Extra 300L—and her student.

2014 Hat in the Ring Challenge

Video | Nov 19, 2014

Are you #TeamMark or #TeamJim? Find out about the 2014 AOPA Hat in the Ring Challenge.

Ecosystem II

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Most will agree that we generally pay too much for aircraft and associated items, but there are some solutions—and I’m so proud that AOPA and the AOPA Foundation have arrived in the right place.

Listen to your ‘Spidey sense’

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Will declaring an emergency get you in trouble? AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President George Perry urges pilots not to worry about paperwork and to listen to their “Spidey sense.”

Aircraft for Sale

Article | Oct 17, 2014

Here are two reasonably priced airplanes that were donated to the AOPA Foundation that are for sale.

One-of-a-kind packages to highlight AOPA Foundation

Article | Oct 14, 2014

As the AOPA Foundation prepares to launch its annual online auction in November, it is arranging one-of-a-kind packages and flight experiences that will thrill any aviator, including a package for aviation experiences in Switzerland.

AOPA Foundation names 2014 Giving Back grant recipients

Article | Oct 09, 2014

The AOPA Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2014 Giving Back grants that recognize good works done through general aviation by nonprofit organizations.

AOPA FOUNDATION NAMES ITS 2014 "GIVING BACK" GRANT RECIPIENTS

News release | Oct 08, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has announced its 2014 “Giving Back” grants that recognize good works done through general aviation by non-profit organizations.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

News release | Oct 04, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation Saturday awarded $65,000 in flight training scholarships to prospective pilots from eight states as part of its program to expand the pilot community and support flight training.

22 years of retrospective

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

After more than 45,000 hours in the left seat of the AOPA Foundation, the Air Safety Institute (ASI), and its predecessor—the AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF)—it’s time to move to the jump seat and let a new crew pick up the flight.

RAF uses grant to study effect of aircraft on wildlife

Article | Sep 29, 2014

An AOPA Foundation grant is helping fund a wildlife study for the Recreational Aviation Foundation.

AOPA'S LANDSBERG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

News release | Aug 25, 2014

AOPA’S LANDSBERG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

AOPA's Landsberg retires, two new leaders step into his role

Article | Aug 25, 2014

Bruce Landsberg, one of general aviation’s most prominent safety advocates has announced his retirement after 22 years in leadership roles at AOPA. Landsberg will assist with the transition to Jim Minow, new head of the AOPA Foundation, and George Perry, leader of the Air Safety Institute.

Hat in the Ring Society

Video | Jul 24, 2014

Hear Hat in the Ring Society Member Paul Diette talk about the program. Find out why you should join this group of leaders who take enormous pride in shaping and strengthening our freedom to fly.


Area forecasts set for an overhaul

Article | Jul 24, 2014

The Air Safety Institute is supporting an FAA plan to revamp and modernize area forecasts, which have remained virtually unchanged since the 1930s.

Life-changing flights

Article | Jul 17, 2014

Challenge Air has given hundreds of children with special needs a brief flight in a general aviation aircraft with lasting benefits.

AOPA Live This Week - July 10, 2014

Video | Jul 10, 2014

A runway incursion in Barcelona, Spain, got plenty of media attention, though it may not have been quite as hairy as some would have you think. We’ll chat with AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg about the lessons, including “look both ways.” Plus, we’ll take you to Plymouth, Massachusetts for a look at what makes it a perfect place for an AOPA Fly-In, and return to San Marcos, Texas, for some unconventional taxi lessons.

Airshow star Michael Goulian to serve as AOPA Ambassador

Article | Jul 10, 2014

Legendary airshow and racing pilot Michael Goulian will serve as an “AOPA Ambassador,” the association announced July 10.

Recruiting for a cause

Article | Jul 09, 2014

With hundreds of volunteer pilots logging hundreds of hours each year to support conservation, LightHawk offers pilots a chance to make a difference.

Pilot offers $12,000 scholarship through AOPA program

Article | Jul 01, 2014

A student pilot with a demonstrated financial need could earn $12,000 to complete his or her private pilot certificate and use any remaining funds for more advanced flight training or to put that new certificate to use.

Duluth institute honors Path to Aviation scholars

Article | Jun 30, 2014

The Duluth Aviation Institute, a 2013 AOPA Foundation “Giving Back” grant recipient, has issued awards to Minnesota middle school students for academic excellence in aviation.

Safety

Article | Jun 16, 2014

Thunderstorms cause relatively few accidents – on average, about five per year – but 75 percent of them are fatal.

Student to instructor in 11 months

Article | Jun 10, 2014

Keaton Meltvedt-Snow, winner of the AOPA Foundation 2013 Richard Santori Memorial Scholarship, went from barely being able to hover a helicopter to training others how to fly them in less than a year.

AOPA FOUNDATION OFFERS FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

News release | May 28, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation will award 11 scholarships in 2014 to help support outstanding student pilots. Ten of the scholarships will provide $5,000 each and an eleventh scholarship will award $12,000 to student pilots pursuing an FAA sport, recreational or private pilot certificate.

Foundation Focus: Giving back

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

Paying it forward or giving it back—either way helps to strengthen general aviation and is a critical part of the AOPA Foundation’s mission.

AOPA FOUNDATION JOINS FAA TO LAUNCH AVIATION WEATHER SAFETY CAMPAIGN

News release | May 05, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has joined with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and over a dozen other general aviation (GA) stakeholders on an eight month safety campaign titled, “Got Weather?” to help GA pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season.

2014 Giving Back grant applications open

Article | May 01, 2014

The AOPA Foundation on May 1 opened the application period for its annual Giving Back grant program, which awards 10 grants worth $10,000 each to nonprofit aviation organizations.

AOPA FOUNDATION NOW ACCEPTING 2014 'GIVING BACK' GRANT APPLICATIONS

News release | May 01, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation today opened the application period for its annual “Giving Back” Grant program, which awards 10 grants worth $10,000 each to non-profit aviation organizations.

Safety experts focus on control

Article | Apr 23, 2014

The NTSB has organized a safety seminar May 10 to focus on aerodynamic stalls and loss of control, a leading cause of general aviation fatalities.

Safety

Article | Apr 23, 2014

According to the most recent Joseph T. Nall Report, in 2010 there were 43 accidents involving weather, and 28 of them were fatal. In fact, weather accidents are the most consistently fatal types of accidents.

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