No, they are not organizations that are experimental....They are organizations for and containing
pilots that advocate and educate pilots. The two largest organizations are the Aircraft Owners
and Pilots Organization (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association(EAA). Both
organizations are valuable for students and for pilots, but serve somewhat different functions.
The AOPA is known as more of an educational and political advocacy organization, and has a
very active set of programs to assist pilots in buying airplanes and in dealing with the FAA
bureaucracy. The also publish the excellent Flight Training magazine. The EAA does advocacy
and education, but is more known for the degree of passion and interest it fosters in aviation
through grassroots and larger events. For example, EAA runs EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, known
colloquially throughout the aviation community simply as "Oshkosh", an aviation celebration
gathering more than 500,000 people for a summer week. This event is arguably the worlds
premier general aviation event.
For those who want to put their certificate to good use, the Civil Air Patrol offers opportunities to
assist in search and rescue. And if you are into older airplanes, especially warbirds, you should
get involved with the Commemorative Air Force.
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Did you know?....
Flying in much of the rest of the
western world is much more expensive
than in the U.S., partially due to fuel
costs and partially due to high charges
for air traffic services and landing at
airports. In fact many aspiring
European pilots due some or all of their
initial training in the USA, either under
FAA regulations or at schools that are
approved by various European national
authorities. Much of the continued
viability of general aviation in the US is
because of the tireless advocacy of the
AOPA and the EAA.