NAA and Cape Air Establish Preferred Hiring Pathway

Kyle McKenna and Elee Pierce (NAA Alum from 2014) from Cape Air were onsite at NAA’s New England campus today, May 3, 2017, to announce the implementation of a Preferred Hiring Pathway designed to give NAA graduates priority access to new-hire technician positions.

The Preferred Hiring Pathway is intended to assist NAA and Cape Air in the selection, training and education of potential new-hire aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs).

AMTs keep aircraft in safe flying condition by servicing, repairing and overhauling aircraft and aircraft components while following detailed federal regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). AMTs are in high demand as the industry expands and technicians age out of the aviation workforce.

Technicians selected for Cape Air’s Preferred Hiring Path program will be of the highest quality, demonstrating the skills, knowledge, personal and professional qualifications to perform as an airline maintenance member. Students from both NAA locations (New England and Tampa Bay) may apply.

Candidates who wish to participate in the Preferred Hiring Pathway must:

  • Complete the General section of approved Part 147 core curriculum with a grade average of 90% or higher
  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit two character references
  • Pass the Cape Air interview process

Students who are successfully admitted to the program will have the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional growth by attending job shadowing events at Cape Air maintenance bases in Hyannis and Boston while attending NAA.

“We’re excited to team up with National Aviation Academy on the Preferred Pathway program,” said Jeff Schafer, Managing Director of Technical Operations for Cape Air. “Establishing a partnership such as this will provide tremendous opportunities for Cape Air, NAA and most importantly, the students.”

After the successful completion of NAA’s combined airframe and powerplant curriculum, candidates within the Preferred Hiring Pathway may qualify for a final interview for employment. Hiring from the pathway will assist Cape Air in meeting the demand for qualified aviation maintenance technicians.

“Any opportunity that benefits NAA students and an industry partner like Cape Air is one that we want to approach with enthusiasm and dedication,” said David Mead, Senior Executive Vice President for NAA. “The student experience is designed to mirror best practices within the aviation industry, and the Preferred Hiring Pathway will give individuals an even greater ability to prepare for their desired careers while at NAA.”

NAA incorporates the latest technology and industry resources to deliver high quality aviation maintenance training. Partnering with Cape Air will strengthen NAA’s ability to achieve its mission of preparing students for employment in the aviation industry.

Be the Match Registry at NAA-Tampa Bay

For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program  (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.

Dozens of NAA-Tampa Bay students and team members signed up for the Be The Match registry on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The on-campus event was organized in response to Emilie Meza, a 1-year-old diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and the search for her match–which is ongoing.

For more information about Emilie Meza, visit to her GoFundMe page:

A second registry is scheduled for May 2, 2017 from 3 PM – 4:30 PM so that night-shift students and other from the local community are able to participate. Let’s work together to be the cure for those in need.

SUN ‘n FUN 2017

This year’s SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In Expo set a record for most exhibitors ever at 510! It was great to see so many faces, both familiar and new, as National Aviation Academy set up on the premises at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL.

SUN ‘n FUN was created by a small group of aviation enthusiasts in 1974. The annual event, held each April, has grown into the second largest event of its kind in the world and is Florida’s largest annual convention. The six-day event sprawled over 2,200 acres with a variety of aircraft, aviation-related events and activities.

SUN ‘n FUN provides an unparalleled opportunity to marvel at aviation. It is always inspiring to connect with industry partners and learn something new!