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Taking Pause on the 2020 Flight Training Experience Survey and Awards

Considering the challenges that flight schools are facing due the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking a pause on the 2020 Flight Training Experience Survey and Awards as they normally operate. Instead of fostering competition, we believe this is the moment to build community, and we are excited to take the opportunity to celebrate and recognize the vital work of our flight training providers.

To do this, we are seeking stories that inspire, demonstrate resilience in the face of challenges, and show how the flight training community contributes to aviation and our communities at large.

Some of these stories will be highlighted during our presentation at Redbird Migration, in social media, on AOPA’s digital platforms, and in AOPA’s magazines.


How to Participate

Flight training is powerful in how it can change lives for the better. Help us celebrate the great work that our flight training providers do by participating in AOPA's 2020 Flight Training Experience Project. Watch this video to see what it's all about.

Tell your story and invite your students to tell theirs!

Post your story on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Tiktok by July 31. Be sure to include the hashtag #FTEProject.

Use a short video, images, and/or text to respond to one or more of the following prompts.

  • How you, your instructors, or your students were inspired or used aviation to inspire others.
  • How your school community demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity.
  • How your school, instructors, or students use aviation to support the broader community.
  • How you or members of your flight training community overcame adversity to accomplish a goal.

Here are some sample videos to give you the idea. Keep it simple – don’t worry, we’ll take care of smoothing out the edges!

We’ll be using some of the submissions to create a video collection of flight training stories to report some of the highlights of how flight training providers and the aviation community have responded to challenges during 2020. We will share the video and related stories during a presentation at Redbird Migration and through our AOPA news and media channels.

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Terms of participation:

By submitting your video, images, photographs, and/or text as described above (“Media”), you:

  • grant AOPA a limited, non-exclusive license to edit your Media and use it to create derivative works
  • grant AOPA the right to publish and use your Media and the derivative works containing all or a portion of your Media for the purposes described above
  • represent that the Media is yours/you have the right to submit it and to grant this license