National Aviation Academy Celebrates 25 Years of Accreditation


CLEARWATER, FLA. (November 29, 2016) – The Council on Occupational Education (COE) recognized National Aviation Academy (NAA) for completing twenty-five years of accredited status at the Council’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, November 2-4, 2016.

COE, originally the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI), formed in 1971, was a regional accrediting agency and was part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  NAA first became accredited with this is agency in 1991.  In 1995, COEI changed to COE when the agency left SACS to become an independent national accrediting agency.

The award of accreditation is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the Council, but also the needs of students, the community, and employers. “NAA is extremely proud of this significant achievement and to be among such a prestigious group of fellow educators who hold the standards of career education at the highest level.  At NAA we strive to be exemplary stewards of the COE mission by ensuring quality and integrity with all that we do,” stated Mac Elliott, NAA CEO.

The Commission’s evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the Commission’s member institutions from other states.

The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Georgia, offers quality assurance services to postsecondary career and technical education providers across the nation. Organized as a non-profit corporation, the mission of the Council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and workforce education providers, and informational services. Most of the Council’s work is carried out by qualified professional volunteers who are experts in workforce education.

About National Aviation Academy:

National Aviation Academy (NAA) has been training aviation maintenance professionals since 1932.  NAA is dedicated to building a quality aviation maintenance workforce through curriculum developed using industry standards, hands-on training and a forward-thinking sensibility.  NAA offers training in aviation maintenance and advanced aircraft systems. Years of industry experience across all maintenance levels in addition to producing quality graduates with exceptional skills has cultivated NAA a worldwide reputation in the aviation maintenance training field.  Companies that hire NAA graduates offer long-term and viable careers with great earning and growth potential. NAA trains individuals from across the globe with campuses located at 6225 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, FL 33760 and 130 Baker Avenue Ext., Concord, MA 01742.  For more information call 800-659-2080 or visit http://naa.eduCOE accreditation only applies to the Clearwater, FL location of NAA.

About Council on Occupational Education:

7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, Telephone: 770-396-3898 / FAX: 770-396-3790,


Holiday Air Travel Reaches Ten Year High


Let’s all take a moment… breathe, and come to terms with the 48.7 million Americans who will travel 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday. Yep, over one million more travelers than last year will take to the skies, highways and seas this Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA and HIS Markit.

AAA’s Holiday Travel Forecast suggests that increased travel has been spurred by improvements in the economy in the second half of this year, including rising wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence.

Some will enjoy the crowds. Others will inevitably be annoyed. What each person who will be flying has in common is their total dependence on aviation maintenance professionals (AMPs). By consistently maintaining aircraft, AMPs ensure the safety of each passenger on every flight. With the highest travel rates since 2007, this is an immense responsibility.

Travel by air will reach a 10-year high this year, the fifth consecutive year of growth in Thanksgiving air travel. Two of the top ten destinations for travel, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, are located near National Aviation Academy’s Tampa Bay campus. Of those who won’t be traveling, many Floridians will be staying put to enjoy the sunshine while our New England counterparts brave the cold.

There is much to be thankful for this holiday season. Though travel might be stressful, aviation mechanics put in a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes to make it go smoothly. That said, consider thanking an AMP for helping you, or your loved ones, travel this holiday season! They are the hardworking men and women who ensure we make it safely home.

New England Students Compete in Spartan Race


People from all over the United States commit to a Spartan Race each year. It is a race dedicated to fitness and strong mental attitude. Bostonians, including a group of NAA—New England students, participated on November 12th at Fenway Park. NAA students were able to do burpees in the clubhouse and sprint through the finish line on the home plate of America’s oldest ballpark. Awesome team spirit!