National Aviation Academy (NAA), alongside other local aviation companies and businesses, came together Saturday, September 25th, for Girls in Aviation Day 2021! 100 girls visited Sheltair Tampa to explore careers in aviation. Girls had the opportunity to explore aircraft, hands-on craft activities, and hear from female professionals and students about their career endeavors and accomplishments. The Women of NAA and NAA Solid Rocket Boosters came together to highlight the demand and support for females mechanics in aviation maintenance careers.

Women In Aviation International

Girls In Aviation Day 2021 (GIAD) is a Women In Aviation International (WAI) worldwide initiative meant to inspire and encourage young females to pursue aviation careers.

WAI supports the advancement of men and women in all aviation career fields by providing resources and scholarships for those pursuing aviation careers. Their diverse membership includes aviation maintenance technicians, engineers, astronauts, pilots, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, business owners, high school students, university students, educators, airshow performers, journalists, and others.

Additionally, WAI is dedicated to building awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of women, historical figures, and current industry leaders. Check out WAI membership options and gain access to scholarships, benefits, and discounts!

Women Pursuing Hands-on Aviation Maintenance Careers

Women continue to revolutionize every area of the industry with their contributions. While they make up only 8.2% of the industry’s maintenance professionals, we are working to increase that number at NAA. NAA has policies, student organizations, and support systems to promote the success of women and all students in aviation maintenance.


  1. NAA is a Title IX school which is a civil right poliy that protects all students from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.
  2. Women of National Aviation Academy is a group of dedicated female students who come together to support, share, and celebrate successes as females in aviation maintenance training!
  3. Alpha Eta Rho International Fraternity will give students and alumni access to over 60,000 current aviation industry leaders, mentors, and 35,000 active alumni, connecting students to the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.
  4. Student Services works with all students to ensure the needs of the student body are being met and are considered as NAA continues to expand, grow, and evolve to meet the needs of the maintenance training standards.

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Interested In Aviation Maintenance Opportunities?

During the last two decades, the number of women involved in the aviation industry has steadily increased, and women can be found in nearly every aviation occupation today. The 2021 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook notes that 626,000 new maintenance technicians will be needed globally over the next 20 years to maintain the world’s fleet. Women are essential to meeting the industry demand! If you are interested in a hands-on career in aviation, be sure to register for an upcoming virtual info session to learn more about training and career opportunities. Apply below if you are ready to get started!