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NAA is a unique and special organization. It is non-parochial, charitable, and broad-based in its membership. It has as its members individuals and organizations representing all segments of American aviation. NAA has a diverse membership and we encompass all areas of flight – from skydiving and models to commercial airlines and military fighters.
The association traces its roots back to 1905 when the Aero Club of America was founded. The NAA was incorporated in 1922 and was the first to issue pilot licenses. Our original members include Wilbur and Orville Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, and many others. With such an illustrious past, NAA has had many great aviators as its members. Many of our current members will surely go on to be the great aviators of the future.
Since its beginning, NAA’s primary mission has been the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation in the United States. In recent years, our mission has expanded to include space flight. Through our annual national awards program, NAA “celebrates the past,” while at the same time recognizes the achievements of its corporate members who are busy developing technology and “inventing the future.”
The primary mission of NAA is the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight by fostering opportunities to participate fully in aviation activities and by promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation and space flight to the United States. In carrying out this mission, NAA, as the National Aero Club of the United States, will:
- Develop opportunities to strengthen the mutual objectives of NAA and its corporate members, air sport organizations, chapters and affiliates, including the formation of affiliated aero clubs in U.S. cities where such organizations do not now exist;
- Represent U.S. aviation throughout the world as a member of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale;
- Encourage, coordinate, document, and promote competition and record-making aviation and space events in accordance with the rules prescribed by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, of which NAA is the official U.S. representative;
- Recognize and reward those who make outstanding contributions to the advancement of aviation and space flight through presentations of awards and other honors;
- Endorse sound national programs and other efforts designed to help the United States remain a leader in aviation and space flight;
- Support and encourage aviation and space education programs;
- Promote and encourage public participation in, and appreciation of, U.S. aviation and space activities.