Keeping our treasured, 60+ year-old warbirds flying for the enjoyment of future generations is our common goal, but continued access to knowledgable aircraft maintainers is a growing concern.
To encourage aspiring, young A&P's to become interested in maintaining warbirds, we announced our Warbird A&P Scholarship
program in February 2018. The Gordon Kibby Scholarship fund, which was made possible through a generous donation from the estate of NATA Member Gordon Kibby, has been merged with this fund.
In July 2018 we announced the next phase of our scholarship program: A&P Boot Camp.
Each year students will undergo a week of intensive training covering warbird airframes and components, radial engines,
required maintenance and inspections, required tools, component vendors, and a variety of topics related to the care and feeding
of our warbirds. Student expenses will be covered by a grant from the scholarship program, and the training will be conducted at a partnering maintenance facility that agrees to teach the agreed-to curriculum.
The first A&P Boot Camp
attendees were announced at the July 2018 Annual Membership meeting and attended the inaugural class in September, led by NATA member Tom Hazel, a well-known warbird A&P / IA with a successful track record of mentoring A&P candidates and future pilots. Congratulations Nick and Alex!.
During the 2018 Reno Air Races, NATA Secretary-Treasurer Chuck Marshall was interviewed by the Florida Aviation Network
, during which he talked about the scholarship program and getting young people involved in aviation.
Please consider our Warbird A&P Scholarship
in your annual giving plan. Your contribution is tax deductible, and you may send a check or visit the Donations
page to contribute online.
Finally, if your maintenance facility has any rising stars you feel would be good candidates for our Boot Camp
, please send his or her information to firstname.lastname@example.org
. All candidates holding current A&P certificates will be considered for the annual award!
NATA Warbird Scholarship recipients
2018 Nick Crofoot (Lansing, Michigan)
2018 Alex Rabbitt (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
2017 Shawn Patrick (Rockford, Illinois - attended Bakers School of Aeronautics)
(View our A&P Scholarship Announcement presented at NWOC February 15, 2018, and our A&P Boot Camp announcement on July 9, 2018.)