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Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ's

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What is USPA?
An association of affiliated State Pilot Associations, local Chapters and Individual Members.

Who are USPA's members?
There are three types of members.

  1. Affiliated State Pilot Associations, such as New Mexico Pilots Association, Missouri Pilots Association, etc.
    a. Each affiliated state association is entitled to appoint up to five (5) directors, who are voting members at USPA's Board of Directors meetings.
    b. The number of affiliated state associations varies from year to year. At present, there are seven, with several more considering affiliation.
  2. Local Chapters of USPA are organized at the local level. Local chapters must have a minimum of five USPA individual members. Each local chapter is entitled to appoint one (1) director who is a voting member at USPA's Board of Directors meetings.
  3. Individual Members. These are generally pilots who wish to have voting privileges, hold office in USPA, and enjoy the many benefits of individual membership. Some are pilots in states which do not have an affiliated state pilot organization or local chapter. Most are members of the affiliated state associations or local chapters and many of the directors from the affiliated states are also individual members. 

Who runs USPA?
USPA is directed by its officers and board who are elected on an annual basis by the Individual Members. The board includes voting delegates from affiliated states and local chapters.

When does USPA meet?
Board meetings are held at least once, but usually three times a year, and the annual membership meeting is usually held in Branson, MO, in May. 

Where is USPA located?
USPA's registered office is in Branson, MO, and the annual membership meeting is generally held there. Board meetings and flyins are held at various locations in the United States, usually within affiliated states.

What are USPA's goals?
The primary goal is to provide a forum for the members to make pilots in all states aware of their interests and concerns, and to empower the members to communicate those concerns with the support of a national organization (USPA).

There are many subsidiary goals, including promoting each state organization, general aviation, and safety and aviation education in general.

How do USPA and AOPA compare?
Aside from the obvious difference in size, the two organizations are complementary:

  1. USPA supports AOPA, and AOPA supports USPA. By participation in both organizations, members can multiply the opportunities to get their message out to those who regulate and control general aviation.
  2. USPA is an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3 corporation composed of unpaid volunteers. AOPA has a large paid staff of aviation professionals. Each organization is quite effective in promoting general aviation, but at different levels. AOPA is most effective at the national level, whereas USPA's members are most effective at the state level and with local governments. USPA’s course is set at the grass roots level by its member input. Yet, each organization recognizes the need for what the other provides most effectively.

How do USPA and State Pilot Associations Compare?
USPA supports general aviation and membership in our affiliated State Pilot Associations and local Chapters. It has no interest in taking "national positions" which are contrary to the interests or positions of its state and local affiliates. On the other hand, USPA is eager to express its support for positions taken by our affiliated State Pilot Associations and local chapters.

Most state affiliates promote Individual Membership in USPA, which adds to the votes of its state in the national organization. USPA also encourages membership in the affiliated state associations and local chapters.

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