U.S. Observes National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day

On August 19 each year, the Unites States observes National Aviation Day, a day set aside to celebrate the achievements of intrepid pioneers of early aviation. It was established by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939, and all are invited to explore flight and learn more about how this revolution in technology came to be – and how air travel continues to change today!

The day coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who along with his brother Wilbur, were credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight.

All across the United States the day will be observed in various ways, but these have grabbed our attention:

Miracle Flight

11-year-old Madalyn Forrister, who is wheelchair-bound and battling a terminal form of muscular dystrophy, will mark the occasion in her own way, by boarding a Miracle Flight to life-changing medical care.

She will take her sixth Miracle Flight from Las Vegas to Denver for the specialized treatment that’s giving her and her family what they all want most: more time.

Soar Through MIA’s History

Did you know that when the original Miami International Airport terminal opened in 1928, it was the first U.S. airport designed to serve passengers only? Or that the building costed a whopping $50,000 to construct? Or that before Pan American Airways (Pan Am) established its headquarters at what is now MIA, it was originally based 160 miles south in Key West? 

You can take a trip through time and learn more MIA trivia with “History of Miami International Airport,” an updated 23-page e-book, filled with images of notable milestones from the airport’s storied past.

NASA’s #PilotsPerspective

Whatever your rating – student, private, commercial, instrument, etc. – whether you fly civilian or military aircraft, are current or retired, or even just like to tinker around with drones, NASA wants to know one thing:

What’s the best part about flying?

You can tell them by recording a selfie video and posting it to Twitter or Instagram with #PilotsPerspective and #NationalAviationDay. Your video, or part of it, might appear on NASA Aeronautics’ social media on August 19.

If you’d like to participate, make a brief video in which you introduce yourself, tell us where you’re from, how many total hours you’ve logged, and the answer to the question about what’s the best part of flying.

Paper Airplane Challenge

Daytona Beach International Airport is hosting its first kids’ paper airplane challenge.

Young aerospace enthusiasts can create their miniature aircraft using paper as the main material, and each creation will be compared to see which is the most accurate flyer and which is the most creative. Pilots with the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University flight team will judge the paper planes.

“We know most families are still spending a lot of time at home, so this is an opportunity to get children involved in celebrating this important day with a fun and creative activity,” said Joanne Magley, the airport’s director of marketing and customer experience.

The paper models had to be dropped off at the Daytona Beach airport by August 18.

Can’t wait to see them!

Bill Gates Quote

“The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas and values together.” — Bill Gates