Tampa Bay Students Visit USCG Air Station

Students from the Tampa Bay campus visited the USCG Air Station in Clearwater, Fla. on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The air station is the largest in the Coast Guard, and supports a variety of missions with both C-130 and H-60 aircraft. An award-winning galley, medical clinic, exchange and housing office that service hundreds of Coast Guard personnel are all located on site.

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Interested students were able to discuss military aviation and a rotary aircraft with some of the most skilled professionals in the nation. Enlisted and civilian opportunities are available to certified A&Ps on military bases worldwide.

New England Graduation – May 2017

NAA—New England hosted a graduation ceremony for Class 216 on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Maynard Lodge of Elks in Maynard, Mass. Family and friends gathered to celebrate with students who successfully completed NAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician program.

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Students who exhibited outstanding achievement received specialized awards. David Plouffe was named Top Tech; he also received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) award and Outstanding Attendance. Other notable graduates included Faycal Benfeddoul and Scott Jang, who were awarded Perfect Attendance, and Benjamin Gleason who received the Student Council Award.

Congratulations, graduates!

NAA and Cape Air Establish Preferred Hiring Pathway

Kyle McKenna and Elee Pierce (NAA Alum from 2014) from Cape Air were onsite at NAA’s New England campus today, May 3, 2017, to announce the implementation of a Preferred Hiring Pathway designed to give NAA graduates priority access to new-hire technician positions.

The Preferred Hiring Pathway is intended to assist NAA and Cape Air in the selection, training and education of potential new-hire aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs).

AMTs keep aircraft in safe flying condition by servicing, repairing and overhauling aircraft and aircraft components while following detailed federal regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). AMTs are in high demand as the industry expands and technicians age out of the aviation workforce.

Technicians selected for Cape Air’s Preferred Hiring Path program will be of the highest quality, demonstrating the skills, knowledge, personal and professional qualifications to perform as an airline maintenance member. Students from both NAA locations (New England and Tampa Bay) may apply.

Candidates who wish to participate in the Preferred Hiring Pathway must:

  • Complete the General section of approved Part 147 core curriculum with a grade average of 90% or higher
  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit two character references
  • Pass the Cape Air interview process

Students who are successfully admitted to the program will have the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional growth by attending job shadowing events at Cape Air maintenance bases in Hyannis and Boston while attending NAA.

“We’re excited to team up with National Aviation Academy on the Preferred Pathway program,” said Jeff Schafer, Managing Director of Technical Operations for Cape Air. “Establishing a partnership such as this will provide tremendous opportunities for Cape Air, NAA and most importantly, the students.”

After the successful completion of NAA’s combined airframe and powerplant curriculum, candidates within the Preferred Hiring Pathway may qualify for a final interview for employment. Hiring from the pathway will assist Cape Air in meeting the demand for qualified aviation maintenance technicians.

“Any opportunity that benefits NAA students and an industry partner like Cape Air is one that we want to approach with enthusiasm and dedication,” said David Mead, Senior Executive Vice President for NAA. “The student experience is designed to mirror best practices within the aviation industry, and the Preferred Hiring Pathway will give individuals an even greater ability to prepare for their desired careers while at NAA.”

NAA incorporates the latest technology and industry resources to deliver high quality aviation maintenance training. Partnering with Cape Air will strengthen NAA’s ability to achieve its mission of preparing students for employment in the aviation industry.