AOPA ADDRESSING NEED TO STIMULATE PILOT POPULATION

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ARTICLE: AOPA unveils Center to Advance the Pilot Community

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Most of the aviation experts forecast that the pilot population will diminish over the next few years. It is good news that aviation’s ultimate grass roots organization, AOPA, is implementing a plan designed to reverse that trend. The foundation to this initiative is the new Center to Advance the Pilot Community.

AOPA President Craig Fuller says “The Center’s first few initiatives are just the beginning of what will become a much more robust and wide-reaching program that builds a community in which more people earn pilot certificates, pilots are more active, and the flying lifetime of pilots is extended.” Its first priority is to support the development of a network of flying clubs, organizations known to keep aviation affordable by sharing aircraft.

Also part of the CAPC’s agenda is the preexisting AOPA program called Flight Training Student Retention Initiative. Its goal is to address the 80 percent dropout rate of pilots in training.  Another CAPC task is to manage the Flight Training Excellence Awards, created to recognize flight schools and certificated flight instructors that provide top-notch training experiences. These awards have recognized the best CFIs and flight schools in the country, thus encouraging the development of new pilots by these critical developmental resources.

Good initiative AOPA!!!

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