Blue Origin at National Aviation Academy

Blue Origin, the space-focused brainchild of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, visited NAA’s Tampa Bay campus on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Students and staff had the opportunity to meet with their outreach coordinator, Ryan Crompton, and learn about all things Blue.

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Ryan Crompton of Blue Origin speaks to students

The company is currently developing a variety of technologies, with a focus on rocket-powered vertical takeoff and vertical landing (VTVL) vehicles for access to suborbital and orbital space. Their name refers to the blue planet, Earth, as the point of origin.

Blue Origin’s vision, to enable millions of people to live and work in space, will require the work of dedicated team members with a passion for aerospace and safety. Headquartered in Kent, Washington, Blue Origin currently employs about a thousand people and the number is growing. Career opportunities will soon be available in Florida as new contracts, concepts and launches begin. Both aviation maintenance and avionics personnel are needed, as both play integral roles in the design of Blue Origin’s rockets.

Crompton said it best, “Having an A&P is going to be huge. It gives us confidence that a minimum set of requirements have been met.” We couldn’t agree more!

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Tampa Bay Student Council – February 2018

NAA—Tampa Bay’s Student Council held a meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Students and staff collaborated on follow-up items and new business.


Student Council meeting on February 27, 2018
Student Council meeting on February 27, 2018

Follow-up items included:

  • Upgrades to the student break area, including all new microwaves
  • New cleaning staff have been hired and have received positive feedback from students and staff alike
  • A 50 foot flagpole has been ordered with installation plans in progress

New business included:

  • Updates to make-up hours processes
  • Student feedback on Professional Pursuit flashcards

The next Student Council meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 15, 2018!

Recapping NAA’s Resource Fair

With 32 organizations in attendance, NAA’s February 2018 Resource Fair was a tremendous success! Over 200 students and staff were serviced by community partners with offerings that varied from health care to mortgage services to Costco memberships!

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NAA students speak with representatives at the Resource Fair

Highlights included: the completion of eleven VA Health Care applications for NAA students and the opportunity to bolster community partners such as 211 Tampa Bay Cares Inc. who provide emergency response as well a variety of other services and Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) who offer a support network to those facing abuse.

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An NAA student connects with Florida Central Credit Union

Students, staff and community members were able to come together and build relationships. The event went off without a hitch thanks to our attendees, community partners and organizers (especially NAA’s own Student Services department)! We look forward to seeing you at our next Resource Fair which is tentatively scheduled for October 2018.