AOPA Renews Partnership With CA Aeronautical University

CAUImage: CALAERO Website

AOPA Renews Partnership With CA Aeronautical University

Image: CALAERO Website

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and California Aeronautical University (CAU) announced a renewed Supporting Sponsor agreement today and will be working together to reach to a new generation of pilots.

“AOPA is excited to continue collaborating with CAU to grow the pilot population,” said AOPA Senior Vice President of Marketing Jiri Marousek. “The resurgence in aviation is being driven by a new generation of students who are entering a wide array of aviation careers. CAU’s support for our high school initiatives are especially important as we help young people find their way into this exciting field.”

Aligning with the University’s efforts to expose youth to aviation, CAU will again be sponsoring the AOPA’s annual High School Symposium in Louisville, Ky on Nov 5-6, an event that brings together aviation and aerospace educators working in high schools nationwide. The symposium is a great opportunity to introduce educators to new opportunities for students as high schools around the country implement ninth-grade courses and field test tenth-grade courses in AOPA’s aviation STEM curriculum.

“Our partnership is a great venue to raise the visibility of aviation careers and aviation education options with this key audience,” said California Aeronautical University President, Matthew Johnston. “With a looming pilot shortage worldwide, we need to work together with members of the aviation community to bring more young people into aviation education and aviation careers.

In addition to supporting AOPA’s high school initiative, CAU is today announcing the California Aeronautical University Dreams Take Flight Scholarship. The scholarship will award one high school senior an all tuition and fees, including flight requirements, paid scholarship for CAU’s entire 3 year to completion Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics program. The estimated current educational value is $151,650.

“Through our work with AOPA, we hope to engage high school students and career counselors in ways that bring aviation career paths to the forefront,” says Johnston. “We need to promote the idea that becoming a professional pilot is within reach and not just a dream anymore.”

For more information and to apply, visit

About CAU

California Aeronautical University prepares students for exciting careers in aviation. The University offers professional pilot degree programs and other aviation-related training programs from its unparalleled purpose-built flight training facility at Bakersfield International Airport. The University has developed career opportunities for its graduates with airlines across the nation. For information, visit or call (661) 615-5915.

About AOPA

Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association. With representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media. To learn more, visit 

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