Founded in 1990, the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) is an international organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) pilots and other aviation enthusiasts from around the world.

Through education, outreach programs, and social events, the organization encourages members of the LGBTQ community to begin piloting careers; fosters equal treatment of LGBTQ aviators through advocacy and outreach; promotes aviation safety, and provides an affirming social and professional network for LGBTQ aviators.


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2024

May 23

NGPA Launches New Business Aviation Committee to Foster Inclusivity and Professional Development within the Aviation Industry

February 16

Record-breaking Success at 2024 NGPA Industry Expo, Presented by United Airlines

January 10

NGPA Industry Expo 2024: Celebrating 10 Years of Elevating Careers, Expanding Networks, and Soaring to New Heights

2023

December 4

NGPA Announces New Directors And Officers

November 14

NGPA Winter Warm-Up Registration Now Open; NGPA Celebrates 10th Industry Expo

June 1

NGPA Launches 25th Scholarship Cycle With Offerings Over $500k

March 30

NGPA To Host Second Annual “Wings Over” Event in Florida to Reinforce Support for the Transgender Community

March 14

NGPA Launches Business Memberships

March 2

NGPA Stands With Transgender Aviation Community

February 15

NGPA Concludes Annual Winter Warm-Up & Industry Expo Hiring Events Following a Successful Weekend

February 6

NGPA Announces New Executive Director 

January 17

One of the Largest Pilot Hiring Events to be Hosted Next Month in California by NGPA

2022

November 15

NGPA Announces 2022 Scholarship Cycle Recipients

November 10 

NGPA Elects New and Returning Directors; Selects New Board Officers

November 4

NGPA Concludes 4th Aviation Inclusion Summit After Focused Peer-to-Peer Training, Awarded 2022 Henderson Trophy

September 1

NGPA Partners with ALPA, Int. to Host Fourth Biennial Aviation Inclusion Summit

June 1

NGPA Commences Pride Month by Giving Back; 2022 Scholarship Cycle Opens

April 5
The NGPA Partners With The City of Cedar Rapids to Inspire Locals And Spread Inclusivity

February 11
NGPA Winter Warm-Up & Industry Expo Exceeds Expectations

February 3
Southwest Airlines to Sponsor NGPA in 2022

January 25
NGPA Announces new Directors and Officers 

2021

December 14
NGPA Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

June 15
Over $150,000 in Aviation Scholarships to be Awarded by NGPA

2020

December 17
NGPA Announced 2020 Scholarship Winners

December 4
NGPA Announces New Directors and Officers

October 7
NGPA Calls for Continued and Expanded Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

January 29
Abingdon Company Offers Limited Edition Watches to Celebrate NGPA’s 30th Anniversary

January 29
Piedmont Airlines Increases NGPA Sponsorship to Diamond Elite Level

January 10
NGPA Announces Broadway Star to Perform at Fundraising Gala

January 7
Envoy Air Increases NGPA Sponsorship to Diamond Elite Level

2019

December 12
NGPA Awards over $150,000 For Aviation Scholarships 

November 6
NGPA to Host Scottsdale, AZ Meet & Greet for Students Interested in Aviation

October 22
NGPA To Host Inaugural Aviation Inclusion Summit

October 9
NGPA Announces New Board Members, Co-Chair & Vice-Chair

July 10
NGPA Appoints Troy Merritt as New Vice President

June 3
Board Selection of Next President Approved

2018

Jan. 16
Piedmont Airlines to Significantly Enhance NGPA Sponsorship in 2018

March 6
Total Investment Management Named Official Financial Investment And Retirement Planning of NGPA

2017

Jan. 12
AOPA To Sponsor And Host Seminar At NGPA Winter Warm-Up

May 1
Wings Financial Credit Union To Be Presenting Sponsor Of 2017 NGPA Cape Cod Classic

Nov. 7
United Airlines Renews Sponsorship With NGPA For 2018

Dec. 12
National Gay Pilots Association Announces Flagship West Coast Event for 2018

2016

Jan. 12
National Gay Pilots Association To Host Aviation Industry Event In Palm Springs In Late January

March 20
A Special Message From Executive Director David Pettet

May 10
Piedmont Airlines Supports 2016 NGPA Pride

May 27
National Gay Pilots Association Launches Scholarship Program With Support From American Airlines

June 12
A Special Message From Executive Director David Pettet

Aug. 5
National Gay Pilots Association Spreads Advocacy Beyond Flight Deck

Oct. 17
NGPA Enhances Its Partnership With United Airlines To Reach New Levels In 2017