Air Sports

What is an Air Sport?We Celebrate the Diverse World of Air Sports.

The NAA is honored to oversee the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight. We do this by fostering opportunities to participate fully in aviation activities and promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation and space flight to the United States.

Air Sport Organizations (ASO) are integral to the NAA’s ability to fulfill our mission.
Many ASOs serve as the introduction or gateway to commercial and business aviation. They are also competitive disciplines to many Americans and lifelong hobbies to thousands more. To foster our relationship with ASOs, the NAA works closely with ASOs to encourage membership and help drive innovation. America’s ASOs constantly change and evolve as new technology and aircraft become available.

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Tens of thousands of people belong to ASOs in the United States


Aerobatics involves flying maneuvers, and the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) promotes it globally, oversees competitions, and welcomes aviation enthusiasts.

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Inspired by the Wright Brothers, Aeromodeling is overseen by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, which represents 170,000 members & organizes numerous competitions.

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Gliding was established in 1932 and is managed by the Soaring Society of America (SSA), which promotes the sport and collaborates with NAA to promote gliding.

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Dating from the Middle Ages, parachuting evolved into modern skydiving. The U.S. Parachute Association (USPA), founded in 1967, promotes & represents individual skydivers.

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NAA Helps Strengthen Air Sports

NAA delegates each ASO as the official governing body for their respective air sports. NAA and the ASOs meet regularly, which helps produce a better understanding of each organization’s unique challenges. This cooperation also prepares the NAA for its representational responsibilities with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) internationally.

To learn more about the NAA’s Air Sport Members, check out our Air Sports Member’s page!

FAI Air Sport Licenses are included in all NAA Memberships. To learn more about our membership levels, visit our Membership Section.

If you would like an FAI Air Sport License only, click here.