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The NAA is a federally recognized 501c3 whose mission is to oversee the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight. The NAA achieves this by fostering opportunities to participate fully in aviation activities and promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation and space flight in the United States.

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The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), founded in 1905, is the oldest US aviation club. A non-profit 501(c)(3) and a founding member of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), NAA is dedicated to advancing aviation art, sport, and science in the US. Covering everything from skydiving to commercial airlines, NAA maintains US aviation records.

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The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the mission of promoting the art, sport and science of aviation and space flight. While there are several ways to show your support of NAA and America’s aviation community — through membership, attending events and nominations for awards — donations in support of NAA’s mission are always welcomed.

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July 3, 2024

Art Greenfield Elevated to Senior Vice President, Contest & Records

Dedicated aviation professional recognized for unwavering commitment to aeronautics Washington, D.C., July 3, 2024 – The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is thrilled to announce the promotion of  Art Greenfield to Senior Vice President, Contest & Records. Greenfield, a leading voice at the NAA for over 30 years, is recognized for his exceptional leadership and influence in the international air sports community. His service to the United States National Air Sports Control and the entire international air sports community, marked by his exceptional management and recording of aviation records, earned him the prestigious Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) Silver Medal in 2012. “Understanding and applying...

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July 1, 2024

The National Aeronautic Association Celebrates the OSIRIS-REx Team at Collier Dinner

Pictured: Robert Lightfoot, President, Lockheed Martin Space; Amy Spowart, President & CEO, NAA; Jim Albaugh, Board Chair, NAA; Mike Moreau, Deputy Project Manager, OSIRIS-REx, NASA; James Free, Associate Administrator, NASA. The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) honored the OSIRIS-REx Team with the 2023 Robert J. Collier Trophy on June 13. The OSIRIS-Rex team includes Lockheed Martin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center, The University of Arizona, and KinetX Aerospace, among many others. The OSIRIS-REx team is recognized “for successfully executing the first American retrieval of an asteroid sample and its return to earth, enabling greater study of our solar...

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June 20, 2024

Aerospace Education Leader Joins the Oldest National Aviation Organization

Cosmosphere, Representing the Best in Education, Heritage, and Learning, Becomes the NAA’s First Institutional Member Washington, D.C., June 20, 2024 —The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is honored to announce that the Cosmosphere, a world-class aerospace educational resource, is the NAA’s first Institutional Member. This partnership strengthens the NAA’s mission and works to enhance the Cosmosphere’s educational resources and industry connections. “The NAA is the oldest national aviation organization in the US, with a mission of advancing the art, sport, and science of aviation and spaceflight,” said Cosmosphere President and CEO Jim Remar. “Given the Cosmosphere’s mission of inspiring the future through...

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June 17, 2024

Ben Baldanza Selected to Receive the 2024 Wright Trophy

Aviation leader recognized for making flight accessible to millions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Aeronautic Association Contact: Amy Spowart [email protected] Washington, D.C., June 17, 2024 —The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is pleased to announce that Ben Baldanza is the recipient of the 2024 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Baldanza, who has nearly four decades of experience in the airline industry, is considered a leading visionary for introducing the ultra-low-cost model to the United States, which expanded air travel access to millions of Americans. In 1986, Baldanza began his career at American Airlines and helped to develop the first hub-and-spoke and frequent flier...

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