FAA Offers Outreach Competition and Award Opportunities
Vol.5 Issue 7
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The FAA is requesting help from all employees to help spread the word among local schools and universities about some of the outstanding competitions and awards that currently exist.


FAA Smart Airport Research Competition

The FAA challenges undergraduate and graduate students to develop innovative ways to use smart technology in and around airports to enhance the overall travel experience.

FAA Challenge - Smart Airport Student Competition

Challenge Background

The FAA is using this competition to:

  • stimulate and advance innovation in aviation research
  • promote the development of a robust aviation workforce, to support a growing and evolving aerospace system
  • develop a pipeline to fill current and projected shortages via partnerships with academia and industry
  • drive a passion for aviation in today’s youth of all ages and backgrounds

The FAA intends to incentivize university level students at accredited United States-based colleges and universities to think creatively in developing solutions to transportation technology challenges while addressing the human factors aspects of the traveler’s experience, and to share those innovations with the broader community.

The FAA is sponsoring the competition under authority of the FAA Acquisition Management System (AMS), 49 U.S.C. 106(l) and (m).

The FAA Challenge competition will begin and submissions will be accepted between September 16, 2019 and 11:59 PM ET January 13, 2020.

Expression of Interest:
Teams are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest to compete in this FAA Challenge by 11:59 PM ET October 16, 2019.

Finalist Announcement:
A panel of FAA judges will conduct an evaluation and select three finalist teams, which will be announced by March of 2020.

Demonstration and Awards:
Finalist teams will be invited to New Jersey to demonstrate their concepts in May of 2020. A $25,000 award will be given to the lead university of the winning team.

For more information about this Challenge, please contact: faachallenge@nianet.org

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Real World Design Challenge

The FAA is a founding partner of this virtual engineering competition for high school aged students. To participate is free and teams receive nearly $1 million in software to keep. Winners at the International Competition in April receive a $50K scholarship for each member to attend Embry Riddle University.

Real World Design Challenge

Real World Design Challenge

NASAO Art Contest

As part of our national partnership with the National Association of State Airport Officials (NASAO) the FAA has helped support the International Aviation Art Contest. The Ken Cook Corporation has agreed to send brochures to all who ask for them free of charge.

You will need to email them and provide them with a quantity you would like, and mailing address, and they will print and ship them to you for free. Contact:

Mr. Nic Stoffel, Project Manager
2855 S. Calhoun Road
New Berlin, WI 53151

International Aviation Art Contest 2020: "Flying Yesterday & Tomorrow"

Since 1989, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) has hosted the International Aviation Art Contest to challenge young people to illustrate the importance of aviation through art. Demonstrating the impact of aeronautics through an interactive, fun medium such as art motivates youth of all ages to become more familiar with aeronautics, engineering and science. The U.S. portion of the contest is conducted by NASAO and the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education. The U.S. contest is sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), and supported by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, Ken Cook Co., the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education with additional support from NASAO State Members

Children between the ages of 6 and 17 may participate. Entries will be judged in three classes, according to age and at least in part for its creative use of the theme in relation to the aviation world. Each FAI member country sponsors the contest in their own country, and submits national winners to the International Jury each year.


Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr. known as the "Father of Aviation Education." Known for his long-range growth and impact of aerospace educationhelping to influence administrators, teachers and students at every grade level.

Mervin K. Strickler Crown Circle Aerospace Leadership Awards

The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education provides two national awards each year called the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Aerospace Education Leadership Award and the Crown Circle Award.

The Strickler Award recognizes those who share Dr. Strickler’s commitment to aerospace education through the demonstration of outstanding accomplishment to the aerospace field through education over a continuous period of time. The Mervin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Leadership Award was established by NCASE in 1995 to distinguish and honor excellence in aerospace education.

The Crown Circle Award is a special award for outstanding educators and education supporters who have shown leadership in their field or in support of aviation education objectives. Nominees are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated involvement in, and commitment to aerospace education
  • Outstanding leadership in aerospace education, locally, nationally, or internationally
  • Performance over an extended term (years), at a high level, and of great quality

Examples of the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr. Award and the Crown Circle Award.

Please take this opportunity to identify a person or organization deserving of one of these special recognitions.
Scholarships & Awards

The deadline for nominations for our 2020 Awards is October 31, 2019
Nomination forms

NASAO 2020 Aviation Art Contest

2019 Secretary’s RAISE Award

Incentivizing students at high schools and universities to think creatively in developing innovative solutions to aviation and aerospace challenges.

The Secretary of Transportation is announcing the sixth annual competition to recognize students with the ability to demonstrate unique and innovative thinking in aerospace science and engineering. This competition includes a high school division and both a graduate and undergraduate university division. The Department of Transportation (DOT) intends to use this competition to incentivize students at high schools and universities to think creatively in developing innovative solutions to aviation and aerospace challenges, and to share their innovations with the broader community.

The Secretary’s RAISE Award competition will recognize innovative scientific and engineering achievements that will have a significant impact on the future of aerospace or aviation. On behalf of the Secretary, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will accept student submissions and will invite subject-matter-experts to conduct an evaluation of all qualifying entries in December.

Challenge Details:
Expression of Interest Due: 10/15/2019 12:00 AM ET
(strongly encouraged, not required)
Submission Start: 11/01/2019 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 11/15/2019 12:00 PM ET

Please carefully review the challenge announcement for complete competition details.

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