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AOPA career FAQ

We are AOPA pilots. Hundreds of thousands strong and spanning 75 countries, we represent the largest aviation community in the world. The AOPA team, operating out of offices in Frederick, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Wichita, Kansas, exists to protect and to grow the incredible privilege that we call general aviation. Whether it is through educating the public about the fun and the utility that aircraft can provide, preparing resources and training material to enhance the skills of pilots everywhere, or advocating for aviation within government agencies—it is our job to maintain the strength and vitality of the flying community.

Established in 1939 and located in Frederick, Md., since 1983, AOPA is an established and stable employer for Frederick County.

Where is AOPA located?

Our headquarters is conveniently located approximately 50 miles from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore in Frederick, Md. Our Legislative Affairs office is located in Washington, D.C., and our Insurance Agency  is located in Wichita, Kan. View driving directions to our Frederick, Md. headquarters.

How many employees work at AOPA?

We currently have approximately 230 full- and part-time employees.

What is the Air Safety Institute?

The AOPA Air Safety Institute is a wholly owned subsidiary of the AOPA Foundation. Founded in 1950, the AOPA Air Safety Institute is the nation's largest 501(c) 3 organization dedicated exclusively to providing aviation education and safety programs for general aviation. The mission of the Foundation is to save lives and promote general aviation safety.

What are the career opportunities at AOPA?

We have career opportunities in marketing, accounting & finance, statistical analysis, communications, publications, training & development, customer services (technical & non-technical), advocacy & government relations, development efforts, human resources, aviation insurance and information & technology.

Do you have to be a pilot to work at AOPA?

No, as a matter of fact more than 60 percent of employees are not actually pilots. We welcome individuals from every background and career. Being a pilot or a member is certainly a plus, but performance on the job is the true measure.

What are AOPA’s work hours?

Most of our employees work from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with an hour for lunch. We also offer flexibility in work hours for many positions.

What are housing costs and property taxes in Frederick, Maryland?

From the historic district to the mountainside, Frederick County offers a wide variety of options for living. Visit the Frederick County Office of Economic Development at to learn more.

How are the schools?

Frederick County Public School students have scored higher than the national average on their combined Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT). Frederick County Public Schools has been a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's prestigious national Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Award for many years. Visit to find out more.

kathleen vasconcelos

Kathleen Vasconcelos | ASI Vice President, Education and Operations

15 Years

Every working parent searches for the ideal work-life balance. I’ve found it at AOPA, and I’ve never had to compromise. The short commute, flexible hours, and outstanding benefits make AOPA a top career option for anyone in the aviation industry. The passionate and talented group of individuals I have the privilege of working with are the icing on the cake.

brian tenberg

Brian Tenberg | Director Web and Application Development

15 Years

“At AOPA, the people are engaged, creative, and passionate. The work is challenging, but rewarding, providing the opportunity to contribute to preserving one of our great liberties... the freedom to fly. Work-life balance is well respected at AOPA, which has enabled me to stay active with family, hobbies, and other interests. All in all, it’s a great place to work!”

kristen seaman

Kristen Seaman | Associate Project Manager

2 Years

“AOPA has given me the opportunity to learn to fly, which was not only a dream of mine, but has allowed me to connect with our members on a new level. I’m also taking advantage of the tuition assistance program and earning my MBA so that I can grow personally and become a more valuable asset to our organization.”