AOPA 80th Anniversary Book Now Available!

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2019 issue

FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is commemorating its 80-year history by releasing the book “Freedom to Fly: AOPA and the History of General Aviation in America,” filled with breathtaking photography, little-known artifacts, and discovered historic pieces.

Entertainingly written to offer clever insight and backstories, the book tells the history of general aviation through the lens of its biggest advocate, dating back to 1939, when AOPA was founded.

For the past 80 years, AOPA has fought to keep pilots flying when war, technological advances, economic booms and busts, and politics threatened our access to the skies. Today, as the largest aviation community in the world, AOPA still works hard every day to improve affordability, accessibility, and safety.

Learn about the triumphs and tragedies that defined generations of pilots from the editors who bring you AOPA Pilot and Flight Training each month. For more information visit

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