FREDERICK, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently created a guide to “Understanding General Aviation” to help newsrooms across the country reporting on complex aviation issues. AOPA wants to be your best resource for all media covering aviation—we are here to help!
AOPA can also provide subject matter experts on aviation safety, legislation, and regulations, including drones, aviation STEM, local airports, and natural disaster relief efforts…just to name a few. AOPA is the world’s largest community of general aviation pilots, aircraft owners, unmanned aircraft pilots (drones), and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA advocates on behalf of its 300,000+ members and general aviation on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the country. AOPA also provides more aviation-related content than any other organization.
In AOPA’s newly renovated online “Media Room” reporters can find: top general aviation news stories and AOPA’s “Understanding General Aviation” guide to better comprehend aviation terms, concepts, and find answers to commonly asked aviation-related questions.
AOPA knows that becoming a pilot isn’t easy and we also understand that reporting on aviation topics is also no easy task. But, AOPA wants to make it easier for your news team to understand and explain general aviation to your audience.
General aviation is not a commonly used term outside of the pilot community, yet it encompasses the most diverse flying activities in the United States. In fact, more than 90% of civil aircraft registered in the United States are general aviation aircraft. And, more than 80% of pilots certificated in the U.S. fly general aviation aircraft. General aviation generates more than $247 billion in economic activity annually and supports 1.2 million jobs.
Collectively we’re called general aviation, but that doesn’t come close to defining our diversity: We are working pilots, student pilots, volunteer pilots, and drone pilots. We are the instructor pilots who teach others to become pilots. We are pilots who deliver vaccines, PPE, emergency supplies in disasters, and aerial firefighters. We perform aerial photography and cartography—all from local airports in your hometown. And that’s just a few examples of what “those pilots” flying their “small airplanes” do!