Be the Match Registry at NAA-Tampa Bay

For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program  (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.

Dozens of NAA-Tampa Bay students and team members signed up for the Be The Match registry on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The on-campus event was organized in response to Emilie Meza, a 1-year-old diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and the search for her match–which is ongoing.

For more information about Emilie Meza, visit to her GoFundMe page:

A second registry is scheduled for May 2, 2017 from 3 PM – 4:30 PM so that night-shift students and other from the local community are able to participate. Let’s work together to be the cure for those in need.

SUN ‘n FUN 2017

This year’s SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In Expo set a record for most exhibitors ever at 510! It was great to see so many faces, both familiar and new, as National Aviation Academy set up on the premises at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL.

SUN ‘n FUN was created by a small group of aviation enthusiasts in 1974. The annual event, held each April, has grown into the second largest event of its kind in the world and is Florida’s largest annual convention. The six-day event sprawled over 2,200 acres with a variety of aircraft, aviation-related events and activities.

SUN ‘n FUN provides an unparalleled opportunity to marvel at aviation. It is always inspiring to connect with industry partners and learn something new!

Tampa Bay Campus – April Graduation

NAA—Tampa Bay held its most recent graduation on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Largo Cultural Center. Students from classes 816 and 116 proudly made their way across the stage, turned their tassels and set off as certificated airmen and airwomen!

Industry leaders such as PEMCO, Granite International, and Piedmont Airlines have already hired Airframe & Powerplant mechanics from this group. Graduation is the first of many amazing things these individuals will accomplish in their careers in aviation. Congratulations, graduates!