NAA Students Visit Textron

Textron is one of the world’s best known multi-industry companies, recognized for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, E-Z-GO, Jacobsen and many more. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative products and services. Textron is a $13.8 billion, multi-industry company employing 35,000 talented professionals worldwide.*

Students from NAA’s Tampa Bay campus visited Textron’s service location operating in Tampa, FL on Friday, June 16, 2017. A tour of the facilities was offered and students were able to ask questions about the day to day operations. It was an informative session for all who attended, imparting that with rich experience, skill, talent and perspective, the goals of maintenance professionals can be achieved. For more information about Textron careers, see NAA’s career services department.

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Tampa Bay Student Council – June 2017

NAA—Tampa Bay’s Student Council held a meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Students and staff collaborated on follow-up items and new business. Here are the highlights:

• Questions were fielded about the use of the G.I. Bill at NAA
• Students were informed that NAA will be closed July 3-4, 2017 in observation of Independence Day
• New equipment and more instructors will be taken on to meet the needs of increasing enrollment
• AMT1 bread boards, AMT2 safety wire pliers and AMT5 scissors for composite repair are all being replaced
• Kona Ice will be making Summer stops at NAA for student breaks. Ice treats will be available for purchase at the outdoor break area on Mondays and Wednesdays at the 2 PM break and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the 6 PM break

The next NAA-Tampa Bay Student Council meeting will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

General Atomics Visits NAA

General Atomics, a defense contractor headquartered in San Diego, California, visited NAA’s Tampa Bay campus on Monday, June 19, 2017.

Founded in 1955, General Atomics has long been an innovator in the aviation sector. Large global contracts have secured the company’s need for personnel, which is ever-increasing. William Foster, Airframe and Powerplant Manager, gave presentations to students and team members, detailing the history of the General Atomics and their needs the for future.


General Atomics provides research and manufacturing services for remotely operated surveillance aircraft; including the Predator drones, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies. They are currently recruiting qualified A&P mechanics and avionics technicians – some, from right here at NAA.