At the start of the twentieth century, flight was becoming more than just a dream in the United States. Several aviation enthusiasts were drawing up new ways to take to the sky, and were conducting extensive experiments involving balloons, kites and gliders. Most famously, the Wright brothers made the first controlled, sustained flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft in 1903.

In 1914, the first commercial flight, captained by Tony Jannus, made its way across Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg to Tampa, Fla. This historic flight marked the beginning of commercial aviation. Aircraft underwent tremendous advancement over the next two decades, changing from wood and fabric to sleek, aluminum-based flying machines. These developments led to a boom in commercial aviation, and, with it, came a need for skilled mechanics to ensure the proper working and safety of aircraft.

National Aviation Academy (NAA) was founded in 1932 with the single purpose of preparing individuals for careers in aviation. From humble beginnings arose a community of educators and students dedicated to building a quality aviation maintenance workforce. NAA now thrives in the multi-trillion-dollar global aerospace industry.

NAA offers a comprehensive curriculum composed of coursework and hands-on training. Using industry standards and a forward-thinking sensibility, NAA trains candidates who are educated, skilled and well versed in aviation culture. Industry leaders seek out NAA graduates for their reputation, knowledge, professionalism and success.

Currently, NAA provides training in aviation maintenance and advanced aircraft systems, as well as associate’s and bachelor’s degree opportunities, in Clearwater, Fla. and Concord, Mass.