Benefits for Transitioning Military

Every day is a day to be grateful for the service of our Veterans. As November 11th quickly approaches, we at NAA want to thank, honor and show respect for those who have served.

Beyond gratitude, though, it is important to engage military and veteran communities in meaningful ways. Recognizing their sacrifice and taking action to make good on the promises made when they entered service is essential. Ensuring these promises, and the success of our ex-military, is often dependent upon the transition period from the military to back into civilian life.

At NAA, we understand that Veterans will want to put the same dedication with which they served into whatever comes next. NAA’s courses in Aviation Maintenance and Advanced Aircraft Systems have been designed so that Veterans gain an in-depth education, preparing them to work for industry leaders in record time.

Benefits for Transitioning Military Include:

  • Acquiring the skills, structure, and support needed to enter the aviation maintenance workforce
  • Opportunities to apply the same dedication, passion and drive characteristic of military service to the next phase of life
  • Direct contact with industry leaders seeking new-hire personnel for in-demand, high-earning positions

Additionally, Marylou Krentzman, Corporate Vice President of Career Services, states that “the benefit of being ex-military and having Airframe and Powerplant [certification] is that the majority of aerospace companies take the military first. It is simply a matter of their discipline and ability to get a job done properly.”

NAA’s Veteran population has made the decision to invest in themselves, their families and their futures. For more information about how you can make the transition to aviation maintenance, contact our Tampa Bay campus at (800) 659-2080 or our New England campus at (800) 292-3228.

Celebrating Halloween at NAA

It’s the one time of year that students are free to style themselves as monsters, superheroes and movie stars, all while eating candy until their stomaches ache. Halloween has remained an annual tradition on NAA campuses, allowing students and staff to celebrate their creativity and individuality in costume for the day.

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NAA-New England students in Halloween costumes
An NAA-New England student dressed up as a cat.
An NAA-New England student dressed as a cat








An NAA-Tampa Bay student dressed as a pirate.
An NAA-Tampa Bay student in a pirate costume

Students were dressed in a variety of costumes from their favorite shows, comics and dreams. There were even a couple of Rosie the Riveters on campus! Thank you to our students for making it such a fun and festive day at NAA.

NAA Partners with Draken for Student Internships

National Aviation Academy (NAA)  has recently partnered with Draken to develop a paid internship program for students who currently attend the Tampa Bay campus. This comes in addition to other industry pipeline programs that have been established this year, such as Delta TechOps and Cape Air.

Internships take place at Draken’s Lakeland operational facility. Several students have been selected to participate, working on fighter jets while still completing their training at NAA. They are repairing aircraft such as the Douglas A-4 Skyhawks, Aero Vodochody L-159E ARCA and Aermacchi MB-339CB. In addition to pay, students receive individual mentorship, shift meals and  invaluable hands-on, industry experience. This is an excellent opportunity for NAA students to increase their knowledge in an atmosphere that can lead to a permanent job offer – all prior to graduation.

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

About Draken International: Draken ( is positioned to be a leading defense asset with extensive capabilities in airborne adversary support, threat simulation, aerial refueling, research, testing, as well as other missions suited to their diverse fleet of aircraft. Draken’s fleet of aircraft has been expertly maintained and inspected prior to gaining their airworthiness certifications. Their maintenance technicians engage in FAA flight safety meetings and scheduled proficiency seminars, and have decades of experience and training to ensure safety is at the center of their decision-making matrix.