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50 Years of Aviation Maintenance Training!

NAA started with a promise: to train aviation maintenance technicians in an environment conducive to excellence. We have been training aviation maintenance professionals in the New England region since 1932…but this year we are celebrating a major milestone in Tampa Bay.

Known for its rich history in aviation, Pinellas County was the site of the first scheduled commercial airline flight in the United States. Operated by Tony Jannus in 1914, that flight (from St. Petersburg to Tampa) marked the dawn of commercial aviation. Fifty-five years later an academy was formed to teach the inner workings of aircraft in the very same, sunny region of Florida. Since 1969, NAA has offered aviation maintenance training in Tampa Bay.

Now in our fiftieth year, NAA’s legacy has developed alongside the aviation maintenance industry. The skills we teach are practical and in-demand, as they have been since our inception. Seasoned instructors bring experience directly from the industry into classrooms and hangars. NAA’s leadership is diverse, forward reaching and deeply committed to/ familiar with the student experience. David Mead, NAA’s Senior Executive Vice President of Operations and Education, even graduated from the Tampa Bay campus in the early 80s! Perhaps most importantly, our alumni technicians span both the industry and the globe.

Over the years, we have watched the aviation industry expand – and the world become smaller and more connected by extension. We’ve expanded, too. Our facilities have grown, our logo and brand have evolved over the decades… but many things remain unchanged by time. The reward of fifty years of maintenance instruction is a lifetime of trained professionals that support and enhance the truly amazing act of flight, which continues to be our passion and our purpose.


NAA makes a huge difference for anyone considering a career as an aircraft mechanic. It was a memorable experience to this day. It’s a great decision for anyone willing to work hard.

Joseph A.

(Alumni), Daytona, FL