Welcome to the East Central Ohio Pilots Association

The East Central Ohio Pilots Association is one of the most established pilot groups in the nation serving our regional aviation community.  Organized in 1962, the purpose of the Association is to promote General Aviation and voice an opinion on Government Legislation, Rules and Regulations that affect General Aviation.  An active history includes coordinating educational events, hosting social activities, civic involvement, and providing flight scholarship funding.  The Organization also provides Social and Recreational Activities for Members and Friends.  Membership is comprised of both active and retired, private and commercial pilots, and others involved in aviation.


Our associated entity, the ECOPA Education & Safety Foundation, is recognized as a 501 c3 not for profit corporation.


We’d love for you to join us! The East Central Ohio Pilots Association members enjoy safety events, social events, fly-outs, our PilotPerks discount program, scholarship opportunities, and much more! Join or renew your membership today!



The ECOPA Education & Safety Foundation is dedicated to providing aspiring pilots with the opportunity to receive flight training scholarships to pursue their flying dreams! The foundation is funded through your generous donations. Thank you for your generousity!


ECOPA Annual Banquet featuring “The NEW Edge of Aviation” with Jack Waters

Make your reservations now for our Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, March 23, at Skyland Pines. Our speaker will be Jack Waters, retired naval aviator and now an experimental test pilot for the Boeing Company.

Whether you fly jumbo jets or gliders, and no matter if you are a pilot, passenger, or frequent flier, the nature of air travel is changing.  In his presentation, “The New Edge of Aviation”, Jack Waters shares his insights, lessons learned, and real life anecdotes on the factors that are driving the future of aviation, reshaping our cockpits, and enhancing our flying experience.

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PilotPerks Discount Program

Don’t forget to use your PilotPerks discount at local businesses to receive your discount! Show the participating business your ECOPA membership card to receive your discount! Click HERE for program details and participating businesses!

FSF First Sunday Flyouts

Fly out with us the first Sunday of every month! Each month we will choose a new, fun destination to fly out and have breakfast or lunch, play golf, go hiking or fishing, tour a museum, and much more!  Join our Facebook group to get notified of the FSF destination and information!

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Congratulations John Malene!

Congratulations to John Malene, winner of ECOPA’s 2016 Meritorious Service Award!  For several decades, John has contributed so much to aviation in the Akron area and is the epitome of what this award is all about!  John has been awarded both the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.  Thank you John for all you do and... read more

2015 Scholarship Award Winners

The 2015 ECOPA Scholarship winners are Willis Elkins, Jack Backhurst, Brett Fish, and Karis Bolden.  Congratulations to these four outstanding young future pilots!  We look forward to watching you achieve your aviation dreams! read more

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