August 18, 2021

August 18, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, The countdown is on to National Aviation Day – August 19, 2021! National Aviation Day was established in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who issued a proclamation designating the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday, August 19, 1871, to be a day in which citizens are encouraged to participate in activities that promote interest in aviation. As the aviation industry continues to rebound from the effects of the global pandemic, it is perhaps more important than ever before to celebrate and examine the history of powered flight. Here are some of our favorite suggestions to...

Read More

July 29, 2021

July 29, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, NAA is planning a cross-country air race for for electric propulsion aircraft! On July 21, Scott Neumann, Director of the Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race, announced plans at the virtual Electric Aircraft Symposium to resume the Pulitzer air races first held in the 1920’s. The winner of the race would be awarded the Pulitzer Trophy, on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The first Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race will be a 2-3 day, 1,000 nm cross-country event beginning on May 16, 2022 in Omaha, NE and ending near Kitty Hawk,...

Read More

July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, It was an event that captured the imagination of the world. In April 2021, NASA’s Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. Join NAA and the National Aviation Hall of Fame on July 14 for our tenth webinar, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: How did they do that? Hear from MiMi Aung and the team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who made this seemingly impossible mission possible. Register today… you don’t want to miss this dynamic discussion! For almost the entire history of powered flight, NAA...

Read More

June 23, 2021

June 23, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, On June 15, NAA announced that United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Joel W. Bier and Lieutenant Colonel Leif C. Nordhagen, the aircrew of Hawg 53 flight, were named as the recipients of the 2020 Mackay Trophy. The Mackay Trophy was first presented by Clarence Mackay in 1912 and was later deeded to the NAA. Administered by the United States Air Force and NAA, the trophy is awarded for “…the most meritorious flight of the year by an Air Force person, persons, or organization.” As outlined in the United States Air Force nomination, the crew...

Read More

June 10, 2021

June 10, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, The last two weeks has seen several exciting NAA award announcements, including the prestigious Collier Trophy. On June 3, NAA announced that Garmin Autoland was named as the recipient of the 2020 Collier Trophy for “… designing, developing, and fielding Garmin Autoland – the world’s first certified autonomous system that activates during an emergency to safely control and land an aircraft without human intervention.” The trophy is awarded annually for “… the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the...

Read More

May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, On May 20, NAA announced that Major Eleanor Morgan, United States Air Force Reserve Officer and Pilot, was selected as the recipient of the 2021 Katharine Wright Trophy. The trophy was established in 1981 and is awarded annually in partnership with the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots to an individual who “… has contributed to the success of others or made a personal contribution to the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight over an extended period of time.” Major Morgan is being recognized for “… her diverse contributions...

Read More

May 12, 2021

May 12, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, For almost the entire history of powered flight, NAA has been the caretaker of many of the nation’s and the world’s most prestigious aviation awards. Part of NAA’s mission is identifying and recognizing those who have contributed to the “art, sport and science of aviation and space flight to the United States.” The nomination period is now open for the Distinguished Statesman and Stateswoman of Aviation Award, the Brewer Trophy, and the Public Benefit Flying Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination for these awards is August 31, 2021. Additional information, including award criteria, nomination...

Read More

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, It is with much sadness and appreciation that NAA joins the nation in mourning the passing of Astronaut Michael Collins yesterday at the age of 90, following a battle with cancer. In a statement, Collins’ family fondly reflected on “… his sharp wit, his quiet sense of purpose, and his wise perspective, gained both from looking back at Earth from the vantage of space and gazing across calm waters from the deck of his fishing boat.” NAA President, Greg Principato, honored Collins’ legacy in saying “While Michael Collins was known by most for his flight...

Read More

April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, NAA and the National Aviation Hall of Fame are pleased to announce our upcoming webinar, Social Media: Launching the Future of Aviation, on April 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The story of aviation is increasingly told and learned through social media; and the industry has had to adjust to the speed and culture created by these interactive platforms. Join us and our expert panelists Benét Wilson, The Points Guy; Ashley Iaccarino, Communications Manager, Tampa International Airport; Emily Carney, Founder, Space Hipsters; and Courtland Savage, Founder & CEO, to examine the benefits and challenges of...

Read More

April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends, The winners of the 2021 U.S. National Youth Aviation Art Contest have been selected by the contest’s managing organization, the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), in partnership with NAA. The annual contest is part of a larger international effort to inspire youth to illustrate the importance of aviation through art. Contest submissions are grouped into three age categories for judging, allowing students ranging from 6 to 17 years old to compete. The 2021 theme, “A Friendlier World with Air Sports”, encouraged students to create artwork that captures a friendlier world that comes from...

Read More