5 Facts About the American Flag (And Why We Fly It)

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The United States flag being raised outside of NAA’s Tampa Bay campus

As proud Americans, supporters of Veterans and a federally-regulated institution, its safe to say we’re into the flag. So much so, we recently unveiled a 50-foot flagpole at our Tampa Bay campus. Special thanks to those involved in planning and installing this wonderful addition to our school. It is an honor to observe the flag each morning and be reminded of our shared national identity. To celebrate, here are five interesting facts about the stars and stripes:

  1. The flag of the United States was adopted in 1777
    Congress adopted the original version on June 14, 1777. It displayed 13 stripes and 13 stars, for the 13 original colonies. For a while, both stripes and stars were added to the flag when welcoming new states. As the nation grew, lawmakers decided to honor each new state with a star, and leave the stripes at the original 13, after 1818.
  2. The current flag was designed by a high school student!
    The current flag was designed in 1958 by 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, OH. President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose his design out of 1,500 entries. It displays the iconic 50 stars and 13 stripes.
  3. Red, White, and Blue
    The colors of the flag have distinct and important meanings. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
  4.  Sleep-wake Schedule
    The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset, according to federal flag laws and regulations, except during inclement weather. It may be displayed 24 hours a day as long as it’s “properly illuminated” while dark.
  5. U.S. flag on the moon (we had to tie flying in somewhere)
    Neil Armstrong planted the first U.S. flag on the moon in July 1969, as part of the Apollo 11 mission. It was the first manned-landing, with five additional Apollo moon landings to follow. Missions 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 resulted in five more flags being placed on the surface of the moon.

Tampa Bay Graduation – April 2018

NAA—Tampa Bay hosted a graduation ceremony for Classes 1/17 AMT and 6/16 AMP on April 19, 2018 at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, FL. Family and friends gathered to celebrate with students who successfully completed NAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician and Aviation Maintenance Professional programs.

April 2018 AMT Graduates

Graduations are an opportunity to recognize the many achievements of each graduate and our April 2018 ceremony was no exception! Individuals from these graduating classes have already been hired by industry leaders such as  Disney, Endeavor Air (ATL/TYS), Embry Riddle, Executive Helicopter, Gulfstream, Honeywell, ROMAC and US Army. 

Additionally, students who exhibited outstanding achievement were honored with specialized awards. Joseph G. was named Top Technician-AMT and Peter F. earned Top Technician-AMP. Awards were also presented for AMP Perfect Attendance, AMP Outstanding Attendance, AMT Perfect Attendance, AMT Outstanding Attendance, AMT Top Powerplant Team and AMT Top Airframe Team.

Portraits are available for download to remember this special day! All image downloads are completely free and sharable. Just use password: NAAGrad2018 and pin: 8315 at the following link: https://nationalaviationacademy.pixieset.com/guestlogin/tb-april2018gradphotos/?return=/tb-april2018gradphotos/

Graduation is only the beginning. We can’t wait to see what each of you will achieve in the aviation industry and beyond. Congratulations, graduates, and best of luck in your new careers!

Sun ‘n Fun 2018

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Each year SUN ’n FUN preserves and enhances the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages! 2018’s International Fly-In & Expo was no exception. As in year’s past, NAA was an exhibitor for the full duration of the event. We met a vast array of aviation enthusiasts and community partners and, of course, we got to see some incredible aircraft.

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SUN ‘n FUN makes more than $430,000 of scholarship funds available annually to students in Polk County entering an Aerospace Industry career to cover the cost of flight lessons and/or college tuition for 4 years. An estimated $2.1m is invested by SUN ‘n FUN to augment public education programs in Polk County annually. This is a cause we support with immense enthusiasm!

In fact, NAA has an articulation agreement with Polk State College. 30 of the required 60 credits that comprise Polk State’s A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Administration are satisfied by successful completion of NAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician or Aviation Maintenance Professional programs.

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We feel incredibly lucky that one of the premier aviation events in the country is right in our own backyard in Lakeland, FL. We’ll see you all there in 2019!