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Over twenty-five years ago, our first event was held in Provincetown, Mass., and it included a handful of gay pilots who communicated by telephone and were discreetly identified by sporting an airplane on their shirts. At the time, members risked losing their job or being dishonorably discharged from the military if they were outed as gay. From that group, a national organization has evolved. 
 
Today, we reach over 4,000 members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community worldwide. Our members include recreational and commercial pilots, flight instructors, air traffic controllers, mechanics, airport managers, and other aviation professionals and enthusiasts from the United States and abroad. Annually, we organize for members two major social events, the second-largest pilots recruiting and hiring exposition in the U.S., as well as bring visiblity and support to various Pride events across the country.The National Gay Pilots Association is the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pilots, aviation professionals, and enthusiasts from around the world.

The NGPA mission statement is to build, support, and unite the LGBT aviation community worldwide.
 
Through education, social events, and outreach programs we promote our primary organizational goals.

      • ENCOURAGE members of the LGBT community to begin piloting careers.
      • FOSTER equal treatment of LGBT aviators through advocacy and outreach.
      • PROMOTE aviation safety.
      • PROVIDE an affirming social and professional network for LGBT aviators.
 
We host three major events each year that are attended by airlines scouting new talent:

     NGPA INDUSTRY EXPO
     Palm Springs, Calif. (FEB)

     WINTER WARM-UP
     Palm Springs, Calif. (FEB)

     CAPE COD CLASSIC
     Provincetown, Mass. (SEP)

Additionally, members can network, develop career skills, and have fun by participating in regularly-scheduled events through local NGPA chapters across the country.


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The NGPA is comprised of two groups, the National Gay Pilots Association and the National Gay Pilots Association Education Fund. Learn more here:
 
 

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If you would like to use the form below to send us a message, we will try to reply expeditiously. If you would prefer to call us, contact information for key NGPA officials is listed below. If you would prefer to email us or even send us a letter, that information is also provided.

We look forward to hearing from you!
 


DAVID J. PETTET
Executive Director
david.pettet@ngpa.org

KYLE S. MORGAN
Chairman of the Board of Directors
kyle.morgan@ngpa.org

GREGG SMITH
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors
gregg.smith@ngpa.org
 


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