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National Aviation Academy


National Aviation Academy



About National Aviation Academy
National Aviation Academy or NAA offers a lot of aviation programs, including Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aviation Maintenance Professional, Aviation Maintenance Certification, Avionics Technology, Inspection Authorization, and other associate degree programs. Since 1932, the institute is training individuals, so that they can build their career in the aviation industry. It offers both classroom knowledge as well as hands-on training to students. National Aviation Academy has two campuses, namely the Tampa Bay campus with two facilities located in Clearwater, Florida, and the New England campus located at Hanscom Air Field in Bedford, Massachusetts.


Campus Locations:

6225 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, FL 33760

150 Hanscom Drive
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730



School's History
East Coast Aero Tech School (ECAT) was established in 1932 at Bedford (Massachusetts). It was founded with the aim of providing training in the field of aviation. In 1969, with the increasing demand of aviation pilots and technicians, National Aviation Academy (NAA) was launched in Clearwater, Florida. After some years, the institute only focused on generating aviation maintenance technicians. In the 70s and 80s, the NAA grew slowly and steadily. In 1991, National Aviation Academy was bought by Mac Elliott, the owner and CEO of the school, with the purpose of making the institute as one of the best aviation academies of the world. In 2003, Mike Wisniewski, the President of the school was hired. Within few years, the academy developed more programs in order to fulfill the growing needs of the aviation industry. In 2008, NAA bought ECAT, with two campuses in Tampa Bay and New England. In 2014, National Aviation Academy introduced its new president, George W. Nelson, Jr.


The National Aviation Academy of Tampa Bay is credited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, The National Aviation Academy of New England is certified by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), Moreover, the institute is a part of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).


For getting financial assistance in the National Aviation Academy, applicants must fill up the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form determines the eligibility of students for several state, federal, and institutional awards, like grants, loans, etc. Additionally, NAA offers military educational benefits, veteran training, and GI Bill for military students.


Career Services for Students and Graduates
National Aviation Academy provides a wide range of career services to its students. These services help existing as well as graduated students to make a successful career in the aviation industry. Among various career services, NAA assists students to search for jobs and find future career opportunities. It teaches company sourcing, resume and cover letter development, creating online applications, email, faxing and mailing strategies, interview techniques and tips, post-interview follow-up activity, relocation assistance resources, etc.


Aviation Programs

National Aviation Academy offers various courses, including Aviation Maintenance Professional (AMP), Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT), Aviation Maintenance Certification (AMC), Avionics Technology (AVT), Inspection Authorization (IA), associate degree options, and snap-on student excellence program. All these courses prepare students to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examinations, in order to acquire the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification.


Aviation Maintenance Professional (AMP)
This program teaches students both electrical and mechanical skills required to become an A&P mechanic. Students learn about the latest technological advancements and electrical systems used in modern aircrafts. The curriculum includes troubleshooting electrical systems, wiring, advanced diagnostic training, etc.


Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)
This course provides the necessary knowledge and skills in general, airframe and powerplant subjects, so that students can become successful Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanics. Upon completion, graduates can take the FAA maintenance tests. After receiving the A&P certifications, students can find employment in sectors like corporate, commercial, and general aviation. They can also get jobs in air ships, helicopters, manufacturing, space unmanned aerial vehicles, and other related industries.


Aviation Maintenance Certification (AMC)
This program requires applicants to have a working experience of aircrafts. Only then, they will be qualified for the AMC course. The program is ideal for previous military personnel with experience in aviation maintenance. The curriculum is a mixture of classroom knowledge, lab instructions, practical projects, and test preparation in general, airframe and powerplant subjects. After completing this course, students can pass the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) oral, written, and practical examinations.


Avionics Technology (AVT)
Applicants who have a certificate of Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) or professional experience in aviation maintenance can apply for this program. This course includes various electrical systems and components of aircrafts, including avionics systems of transport category aircrafts. It starts with the fundamentals and then goes on to explore more complex aspects of the aviation technology. Students receive hands-on training on the latest aircrafts equipped with electrical systems. They learn how to retain, troubleshoot, complete inspections, and restore electrical systems, including radio communications, weather radar, navigation, and computer systems for monitoring and controlling principal aircraft functions.


Inspection Authorization (IA)
This program is for aviation technicians who already have a minimum of three years work experience and possess an A&P license. The curriculum includes airworthiness directives, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and research techniques.


Associate Degree Options
National Aviation Academy is affiliated to local colleges like St. Petersburg College (SPC), Middlesex Community College, etc. It provides two associate degree courses.


Aviation Maintenance Management Technology (AVAMM)
This course prepares students with college-level education required for several supervision and management positions. Upon successful completion, graduates receive an Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management Technology.


Aviation Maintenance Technology
The Liberal Studies Aeronautical Maintenance Technology course prepares students for managerial and supervisory positions in commuter and major airplane, airlines, helicopter engine manufacturers, and other similar aviation companies. After completing this program, students earn an Associate of Science, Liberal Studies Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology.