AMC Dallas Teams

After much deliberation, training and testing, the students representing Team NAA at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition this year have been selected! Six students from each campus will be given the opportunity to travel to Dallas for the competition, which is held in conjunction with the MRO Americas Conference.

These students were selected based on their clock hours and attendance record as well as their performance in NAA’s Aviation Maintenance Competition and from teacher recommendations. These 12 students have already started training weekly to prepare for the events they will encounter in the competition. Many of these events involve work that is not taught in NAA’s curriculum, so it requires a lot of outside research and additional training.

Members of the New England team are:

AMC Team- NE 2016
– Gerard Errie

– Ethan Dupree

– David Winter

– Kiara Mateo

– Joshua White

– Alex Kitay

Members of the Tampa Bay team are:

– Jose Chavez

– Nicholas Sauls

– Joseph Plummer

– Michael Goyette

– Kyle Taylor

– Gregory Rhoden

Congratulations to both teams! The Aerospace Maintenance Competition will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas April 5th – 7th.

Aviation Maintenance Competition 2016 – Tampa Bay


On Saturday, January 16th, National Aviation Academy’s Tampa Bay campus hosted its fifth annual Aviation Maintenance Competition. Students were broken up into teams of five and were required to complete various maintenance challenges.

Events in the competition included a fluid line event, composite event, pitot static event, safety wire event, cylinder remove and replace event and a weight and balance event.

A total of 12 teams competed. Judging was based on accuracy and how fast each team completed the events. At the conclusion of the competition, nine students were determined as the top scorers.


Individual results are as follows:

1st Place: Joshua Spradlin

2nd Place: Daniel Hamilton

3rd Place: Nicholas Sauls

4th Place (tie): Steve Charles & Gregory Rhoden

5th Place (tie): Michael Goyette, Chris Salup, Andrew Yarley & Leonel De Brito

Congratulations to our students on a job well done! These students in addition to six others are still in the running to be considered for the team we will send to Dallas to compete in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition in April!

New Year, New Career

It’s almost that time again. Time to start thinking about your new year’s resolutions and actually stick to them. But before you commit to that new paleo diet or cut back on your spending habits drastically, you should consider starting the new year with a new and fulfilling career.

The aviation industry is advancing more and more each day and opportunities, especially in aviation maintenance, continue to rise. Many of today’s technicians are getting ready to retire, which means more job opportunities will open up for the next generation of mechanics.

The demand will continue to increase as long as people continue to travel and airplanes need to be maintained. According to the Boeing Company’s Pilot and Technician Outlook, 609,000 new technicians will be needed to maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years. In North America alone, 113,000 mechanics will be needed by 2034.

In just 14 months, you could be on your way to a new job, new life and new opportunities. With National Aviation Academy’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program, you will be prepared to take the exams required to obtain your FAA Airframe and Powerplant certifications. With the program’s hands-on lab training, students are able to develop their technical skills even before graduation. These lab projects supplement the lectures allowing students to gain real world experience.

Once you have your certifications, you could find employment working as a maintenance technician in corporate aviation, commercial airlines, general aviation, at an MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul), working on helicopters, drones, or even working at an amusement park maintaining the rides.

So step into 2016 with a new mindset and resolution you’ll follow through with. Call NAA today to learn more about our programs and find out when the next class starts!