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  • 22 Apr 2021 8:48 AM | Don Metz (Administrator)

    GOPA Scholarship Fundraiser a Success!

    On behalf of the GOPA Scholarship Committee, I am so pleased to report that we sold 185 T-shirts and raised $2660!  Thank you so much to all of you who purchased shirts and made additional donations. We well surpassed our goal!

    A huge thank you to GOPA member Dennis Oparowski who came to me with this idea and liaised with Custom Ink.  He believed in it from the very beginning, designed the shirt with Custom Ink and has organized a great fundraiser for the scholarship fund.

    I look forward to seeing the T-shirts worn proudly at the GOPA convention in September and I’m sure they will be worn at many other flying events throughout the year!

    Thank you for supporting youth in aviation.

    Pat Metz, Director, GOPA Scholarship Fund

  • 28 Mar 2021 1:15 PM | Don Metz (Administrator)


    Support the GOPA Scholarship fund by purchasing one of these great T-Shirts just by clicking on the link below:

    Short sleeve, long sleeve, and a variety of sizes for you to choose!

    These would make great gifts, fun items for giveaways/draws, to donate to local EAA, air cadets programs, local fly-in draws, or other aviation events. Our goal is to sell 150 T-Shirts.

    Our members have provided over $93,000 since 2002 to over 50 young aviators.  Let’s keep it going!

    For more information about the GOPA Scholarship, please visit

  • 20 Mar 2021 2:03 PM | Don Metz (Administrator)

    Tom Dyer is taking over as the Director for the Pacific region. He can be reached at

    Thanks for stepping up Tom.

  • 1 Mar 2021 8:49 AM | Don Metz (Administrator)

    The 2021 GOPA Convention has been moved from Fredericksburg, Texas, to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the week of September 20. Details will be updated in the Events section as they become available.

  • 8 Feb 2021 1:42 PM | Don Metz (Administrator)

    AOPA have chosen a Grumman Tiger as their Sweepstakes give away this time. Details can be seen here. GOPA will be donating a one year membership to the new owner and has been helping out as needed.

    Good Luck.

  • 17 Dec 2020 10:37 AM | Don Metz (Administrator)

    All the back issues of the Star and Newsletters that I have access to are now online in the Members Area. There are some interesting reads from back in the day. Login to enjoy.

  • 20 Nov 2020 5:46 PM | Don Metz (Administrator)

    John Cotter has volunteered to be our newest Technical Director. He can be reached at with your questions. His full bio will appear in the next International Grumman Star magazine.

    Welcome aboard John.

  • 25 Aug 2020 4:20 PM | Don Metz (Administrator)

    Excellent turnout at the Anniversary Fly-in

  • 6 Aug 2020 10:29 AM | Don Metz (Administrator)

    Our new website is LIVE!!!  Go to GrummanPilots.Org

    GOPA is delighted to announce the launch of our new website at!!!

    All of the same information that was at is on the new site plus MUCH MUCH More! If you were not able to be on today’s Annual Members’ Meeting, we invite you to come tour the new site.

    AYA vs
    Most of the content from AYA, including all of your member records, has already been transferred to the new site. That job will be completed by early Fall. Within a short period of time, typing in will also take you to the new site. From today forward, all materials will direct people to as the official website for The Grumman Owners & Pilots Association (Formerly known as The American Yankee Association, AYA)

    Logging in for the first time:
    When you log on for the first time, you will need to re-establish your password, so “Log-In” with your regular AYA credentials then click on "Forgot Password."  The system will send you an email to re-set your password.  You can RESET either with the old password or a new one.  Click on “Remember me” and you will be set to log in automatically from then on.

    Problems with Log-on? 
    Contact our trusty webmaster, Don Metz (

    A quick tour
    You will find many of the old stand-bys in their normal places…Events, Members Directory, Scholarship, etc.… but there also many exciting new things:

    1. On the HOME page:

    • The Showcase, highlighting why we are different and DEFINITELY worth joining PLUS an amazing Parade of Grummans
    • “Considering Buying a Grumman?” takes you on a tour of the “buying journey” from Why Grumman/Which Grumman through our classifieds and Shopping on-line, and on to support with our new Mentors Program, PFP, and Cockpit Cool
    • GOPA: THE Grumman Type Club explains 8 Great Reasons to join a Grumman TYPE Club in addition to following other blogs and forums. (There is also a direct link to this article in ABOUT US)
    • Cat Tales displays featured recent articles from The Star (New name: The Grumman International Star)

    2.     In AIRCRAFT

    • Bob Reed’s amazing video illustrating “Why Grumman?”
    • And the full parade of our Grumman Family, compete with multiple comparisons

    3.     In SUPPORT/PFP

    • Another Bob Reed contribution, a video highlighting our amazing PFP Program

    4.     In JOIN US

    • Easy to access Membership forms
    • Getting Involved: Over 2 dozen ways to get active in GOPA

    5.     In ABOUT US

    • GOPA Gives Back and Members Helping Members – “GOPA is people” and these stories , based on our AYA heritage, show how wonderful our people can be
    • GOPA and the FAA – tells how our TYPE club has influenced FAA airworthiness directives

    6.     In the MEMBERS Area

    • Our massive libraries on FLYING & OPS and MAINTENANCE have been organized and beautifully presented
    • Our PFP Manuals have been newly refreshed... Are you a CFI?  Consider applying to be a PFP Instructor… the Application is right in this section
    • “Getting the Word Out” - A new Members Communication Hub! Interested in hosting a Fly-in? The form is here.  Interested in becoming a Mentor? The form is here.  Watch for new “informational postcards” to leave on windscreens of non-member Grummans… and mini-posters that you can print out at home and put up at your FBO or local maintenance shop… in North American and European/A4 format!

    It has been my privilege, as your Strategic Advisor, to contribute to the strategy, navigation and content of the new site.  Our thanks to our web development wizard, Alan Marsden, for its design and creativity, and to our webmaster, Don, for its functionality, for moving TONS of content from the old site to the new and for always finding the right picture to show how special our Type Club is.

    So, ENJOY!  And share!  Our website is our most important tool for showing people how wonderful and valuable GOPA is and why they should JOIN TODAY! 

    Contact me if you have new ideas!
    Barbara Foster
    GOPA Strategic Advisor

  • 2 Aug 2020 5:49 PM | Don Metz (Administrator)

    Sharon Spence, President
    Grumman Owners & Pilots Association
    +1(306) 441-9525

    American Yankee Association (AYA) evolves into
    The Grumman Owners & Pilots Association (GOPA)

    Keywords: AYA, American Yankee Association, Grumman light aircraft, Grumman owners, Grumman pilots, GOPA

    (Aug 1, 2020). The American Yankee Association (AYA), the Registered International Type Club for Grumman general aviation owners and pilots, is proud to announce its transition into the new Grumman Owners & Pilots Association (GOPA), “Building on our proud AYA heritage.”   The new identity more accurately reflects the evolving composition of the Association, which has expanded from the original 2 seater American Yankees (AA1) which gave birth to the Association in 1976 to today’s Grumman family of 9 different models.

    The Grumman Owners & Pilots Association is dramatically expanding support for Grumman owners and pilots to include

    •          A “Market Place” listing planes, parts, and services, often with offerings not available elsewhere
    •          An Airplane Listing discussing “Why buy Grumman? and “Which Grumman?”
    •          An “Owner/Mentor” program to assist potential buyers through the buying process
    •          A “Pilot Familiarization Program” (PFP) with vetted pilots who conduct “train-to-proficiency”, comprehensive check-out programs
    •          “Cockpit Cool” to empower non-pilot companions to manage a plane in an emergency
    •          A scholarship program for young pilots
    •          Access to industry gurus to answer technical/operations questions

    Becoming a member of GOPA also opens opportunities for fellowship and knowledge through an active local, national and international events program, a content-rich website and growing video library, and a bi-monthly news magazine, The International Grumman Star.

    For further information, visit GOPA at or call President, Sharon Spence (details above).

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