Our Mission

The AOPA Foundation Inc., a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charitable, educational, and scientific organization, educates the public on the value of general aviation. The AOPA Foundation works to improve aviation safety through the Air Safety Institute, preserve community airports, and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit-all in the interest of ensuring the future of general aviation in America.

As the charitable arm of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the AOPA Foundation helps provide funding for important work that dues alone cannot fully support. Your support ensures a strong future for general aviation in America.

The AOPA Foundation works to:

  • Improve aviation safety
    • Keeping pilots safe is a vital part of preserving the future of general aviation. The Air Safety Institute, a division of the AOPA Foundation, is the world's largest provider of pilot safety education. It's no coincidence that since its inception, general aviation accidents have declined by nearly 90 percent.
  • Grow the pilot population
    • Recognizing that nearly 80 percent of student pilots never complete their training, and that thousands of inactive flyers long to return to the skies, our work focuses on solutions that maintain an active base of pilots and encourage more people to become pilots
  • Preserve community airports
    • Our work to preserve and protect our nation's 5,200 community airports ensures that general aviation will be a viable means of transportation far into the future.
  • Spotlight the good work being done through general aviation
    • The AOPA Foundation supports flight training scholarships and public benefit aviation, which includes charitable flying, disaster response, medical relief flights, and transportation provided by volunteer pilots.
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