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AOPA vs. EAA: Membership Plans Compared

Posted by Chris Weinberg on 6/26/18 9:26 AM

Some believe you should be a member of both while others fervently feel that one is better than the other. Aviation websites and discussion boards are rife with commentary and opinions but what are the differences between AOPA and EAA memberships?

By the Numbers:


AOPA Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association LogoMore than 385,000 members


EAA Experimental Aircraft Association LogoMore than 200,000 members


Membership Options:


All of the AOPA membership plans come with the following:

  • Choice of AOPA Pilot or Flight Training magazine subscription.
  • Access to AOPA Live and ePilot email newsletter.
  • Access to tools and resources including flight planning, aviation weather, and airport directory information.
  • Toll-free access to the AOPA Pilot Information Center aviation helpline.
  • Exclusive member savings on a host of products and services.
  • Automatic entry into the annual AOPA Sweepstakes.

Regular - $69 per year

Premier - $99 per year provides you with all of the benefits of the regular plan plus priority access to the aviation helpline, AOPA Navigator concierge services and 10% off of AOPA's Pilot Protection Services.

Essential - $118 per year includes Pilot Protection Services Basic Coverage.

Premier Plus - $189 per year includes Pilot Protection Services Plus Coverage.

Pro Pilot - $189 per year dedicated Professional Pilot helpline and access to Term Life and AD&D insurance.

Lifetime - $1,799 includes lifetime member hat, card, lapel pin, and 20% discount on AOPA Pilot Gear.

There are a number of Lesser Known Benefits of AOPA Membership including access to special programs and discounts.


All of the EAA membership programs provide the following:

  • A subscription to Sport Aviation Magazine
  • Discounted access to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
  • Access to your local EAA Chapter
  • Free admission to over 300 museums
  • e-newsletters and web content

Individual - $40 per year

Family - $50 per year includes membership for your spouse and children under 18 years of age.

Lifetime - $1,295 includes personalized jacket, plaque, ID card, and pin.

Membership Plan Comparison:AOPA and EAA Membership Comparison

Topics: Aviation Organizations

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