AOPA Membership--is it worth it?

TheWife

New Member
We actually did already sign up for the credit card, but we didn't know if we should get the memebership yet...but I think I will get it for him.
 

pilot602

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Do you need this ATP insurance when you only have a commercial?

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It's not actual "insurance" - it's legal assistance provided to AOPA members whochoose to pay the extra yearly fee. What he's saying is that by having legal assistance available at a phone call (because he pays for the service) that its "insurance" for his ticket.

Anyone who holds a pilot certificate could potentially benefit from the service.
 

stultus

New Member
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I dunno if you have to be a member or not for the credit card thing, but it saved me $250 last year on flight training.

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I the 1999734 brochures MBNA sent me all said you had to--but maybe not.

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Strangly, I'm still broke

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Tell me about it.
 

N519AT

Ahh! This is how I change this!
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(Especially with the amount of toilet reading he does!
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You just spoiled my dinner.
 

Acadia

Well-Known Member
I like AOPA Pilot magazine. The Real Time Flight Planner is great. Pretty good discounts on rental cars. Best rate on CFI insurance I could find.
 

Michigan_Flyer

Well-Known Member
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Do you need this ATP insurance when you only have a commercial?

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The commercial pilot legal service plan is $52 a year, the private pilot coverage is $26 a year.
 

FL270

New Member
WORTH EVERY NICKEL.

I like the magazine and the online resources (including free approach plates), but the biggest reason I will renew every year until I die is that AOPA is a powerful lobby in Washington and they are the only thing standing between us and some horrendous restrictions on GA being imposed by clueless politicians. I am on automatic renewal through my credit card, and will continue to renew every year until I die. Maybe even after that.

For the person who was complaining about the fundraising calls, all you have to do is call or e-mail Member Services and they will put you on their "do-not-call" list.

I'm not trying to advertise AOPA but they are definitely worth it. I have a hard time understanding why ANY pilot wouldn't join. $39 a year is a pittance to help ensure our freedom to fly.

FL270
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
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WORTH EVERY NICKEL.

I like the magazine and the online resources (including free approach plates), but the biggest reason I will renew every year until I die is that AOPA is a powerful lobby in Washington and they are the only thing standing between us and some horrendous restrictions on GA being imposed by clueless politicians. I am on automatic renewal through my credit card, and will continue to renew every year until I die. Maybe even after that.

For the person who was complaining about the fundraising calls, all you have to do is call or e-mail Member Services and they will put you on their "do-not-call" list.

I'm not trying to advertise AOPA but they are definitely worth it. I have a hard time understanding why ANY pilot wouldn't join. $39 a year is a pittance to help ensure our freedom to fly.

FL270

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Reasons not to join. AOPA doing nothing about nazi airports such as SDL and their outlandish bowing-down to stricter and stricter noise abatement problems.

TFRs still getting worse. AOPA effectiveness? Not looking great so far, but I'll wait and watch.

A friend that had subscribed to their legal assistance fund, only to receive no help when his ATP was suspended during post-9/11 "prove your innocence" checks done on the FAA database of pilot certificates.

Dad's a member, so I get to see what membership provides and what the mag says. Good mag overall, do prefer it to Flying, but like Plane and Pilot also.
 

BoilerPilot2007

Well-Known Member
Definitely worth it!

You get access to technical specialists for free, who can answer just about ANY question aviation-related - and if they can't answer it immediately, they will get you an answer. Medical information, airport information, training information, selling/leasing information, tax information, questions about ratings, your CFI, a cross country you may be planning to another country, etc.

(AOPA has an extensive aviation library at its headquarters)

Also, you can receive e-pilot alerts (if you wish) for free. Its like a mini magazine in your email every Friday morning. It has recent news, and information pertinent to your specific type of flying and aircraft. You have total control over the content.. Oh, and they don't give your email address to ANYONE else. Its strictly AOPA's.

Oh yeah.. don't like junk mail or phone calls from AOPA? Just call the member services office (1800 USA AOPA) and tell them you want to be taken off the phone and mail lists so that you will not receive any more requests for money. Keep in mind it's a non-profit lobbying group, so they need to make money somehow!

All for $39 a year, which is just about worth the MAGAZINE alone..

Great deal.. plus, youre supporting YOUR right to fly. Something other organizations do not have much influence on.
 

sopdan

Well-Known Member
If you haven't signed up yet, you can get a free 6-month trial. That's what I did to put off paying for a while
, then my mom got me the annual membership for Xmas. As others have said, certain things are nice, like the flight planner, and for me, the medical info (i have a really minor issue).
 
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