A&P Tool Guide Written by NAA Student Joe Filippazzo

Instructor Chris Burchell has recently been heard praising a certain NAA student. According to Burchell, 6th Term student Joe Filippazzo is a skilled future A&P mechanic… he is also a gifted writer. Tired of a lack of comprehensive information in a single place, Filippazzo began researching the tools commonly used in aviation maintenance. He has since finished writing his own Basic A&P Tool Guide.

Burchell read the guide and immediately knew it was something special. Though not meant to be taken as rule, it is a detailed overview of tool types and common brands. The guide also succeeds in sharing a student perspective in an interesting and engaging way.

Filippazzo went above and beyond student expectations in creating his tool guide. Drawing on techniques learned in classroom, personal experience and industry reputations, he was able to create reference material that is beneficial to anyone interested in aviation maintenance.

Students grow tremendously in the time they are on campus. NAA’s accelerated curriculum ensures that they master all that is required, in the shortest amount of time possible, to begin their careers in aviation. Learning begins on day one and doesn’t stop at graduation. Special thanks to Joe Filippazzo for your time, talent and letting us learn from you!

Click on the link below to access the tool guide:
Basic A&P Tool Guide by Joe Filippazzo

Regional Inspection Authorization Event Hosted at NAA

NAA—Tampa Bay hosted a regional Inspection Authorization (IA) recertification event on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Aviation maintenance technicians are eligible for IA certification after holding A&P certification for three years. Every two years IA is subject to renewal. Eight Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors, including NAA’s principle maintenance inspector, were onsite to provide upwards of 100 A&Ps with IA recertification.

It was a pleasure to welcome A&P mechanics and industry partners on campus as we work to build a more robust aviation community in the Tampa Bay Area and beyond.

Alumni Visit Tampa Bay Campus

Two highly-successful alumni visited the Tampa Bay campus on Friday, March 10, 2017. Craig Kauzlaric of Pratt & Whitney and former NAA Student Council President Terry Alexander of The Boeing Company shared their unique perspectives with current students and team members. Their first-hand accounts of how to best transition from campus to career emphasized NAA’s mission of preparing students for employment in the aviation industry.


Kauzlaric and Alexander fully embody what it means to be wingmen. They worked hard in their courses, went the extra mile and landed well-earned positions with prestigious employers. They represent two distinct paths within the boundless aviation industry. Where will your aviation journey lead you?