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Special events are scheduled throughout the year in New Jersey. In addition, museums throughout the state feature aviation exhibits.

2018 International Aviation Art Contest

New Jersey artists aged 6 to 17 are invited to participate in the
2018 International Aviation Art Contest (pdf 351k).

"Flight Into the Future"
is the 2018 theme.

If you have ever dreamed of flying or built a paper airplane, you have walked in the footsteps of the men and women who created the world of aviation as we know it today. Ideas were written on paper. Wooden and cloth models were built to test the designs before the actual balloons, gliders, and planes were built and tested by brave men and women in the air. Today, aircraft designers from all over the world work together, planning and testing their ideas on computers. As the designs take shape, engineers and manufactures built with the latest composites and other materials to make them lighter and more versatile than ever before to meet the needs of today’s flyers.

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“The first planes were slow and sluggish. Today, aerobatic planes race across the skies at over 400kph and twist and turn their composite bodies in ways that would have torn apart earlier aircraft. Balloons have gone from floating above cities to floating over the world, requiring space suits in the thin air! Those toy gliders have turned into drones of all shapes and sizes. Real wooden gliders have become lighter and more sophisticated, climbing higher and flying longer than ever before. Each generation brings its passion for flight and blends new technologies and ideas to build on the knowledge of the past.

“What new innovations and ideas will shape the aviation of the future? From hang gliders and parachutists, to drone pilots and citizen astronauts, the only limit to the future of flight is the imagination of builders, dreamers and pilots of today. It’s time to tap into your own imagination, grab your favorite set of crayons, markers, pencils, or paints and create a poster for this year’s Fédération Aéronautique Internationale’s theme, Flight into the Future. Show us your vision of what can happen when people work together and follow their passion for flight.

Artwork is judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world. The first, second and third place winners will be forwarded to Washington DC for the National level of the contest. Winning entries of the National contest will be forwarded to the International level of the contest.

Send New Jersey entries to:

NJ Department of Transportation - Aeronautics
Attention: Clare Mansfield
1035 Parkway Avenue
PO Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625-0600

Note: All entries must be postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, January 19, 2018.

Art Contest Winners Archives:

For additional information or questions, email or call 609.530.2900.

A list of winners in the national and international contests is available on the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) website.


Aviation Event Calendar

For other information on aviation events in New Jersey and out-of-state locations, review NJ Aviation. The information is not guaranteed, confirm dates as some events are canceled without notice.

Museums and foundations

From Teterboro in the north of the state to Rio Grande in Cape May County, New Jersey's southernmost county, eight aviation museums tell about the history of flying in the Garden State.

The museums preserve more than 200 years of aviation heritage, from the famous Curtiss Wright J-5 Whirlwind Engine used by Charles Lindbergh, to space travel exhibits.

To find the museum you would like to visit and learn about its offerings and the days it's open, choose from this list.
 
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