The Regional Airline Association is an organization that provides education, networking, and advocacy for regional airline and aviation professionals. More than twenty North American regional airlines and many aviation professionals are part of the Regional Airline Association. The mission of the RAA is to promote safety and reliability for the regional airline industry. RAA is one of the most active aviation organizations on regulatory issues. Two key problems that the RAA has addressed are decreasing wages for regional airline employees and excessive pilot flight hour requirements.
Membership of the RAA is not limited to regional airlines. Any organization that manufacturers, supplies, or services the regional airline industry is welcome. The main membership benefits are access to RAA Purchasing Forums, eligibility to exhibit at the RAA Annual Convention, and educational resources. Association members receive subscriptions to Regional Horizons magazine and the RAA Annual Report.
RAA Support for Aviation Students
As of 2017, the Regional Airline Association offers merit scholarships to four aviation students per year. The total award amount per recipient is $4,000 USD. For RAA Scholarship consideration, the student must meet multiple requirements. Recipients are selected for the awards during the summer. A biography and photo of each winner is featured in the RAA publication Regional Horizons. Funds are raised during the RAA Annual Convention.
RAA Scholarship Criteria
- Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
- Current enrollment in an aviation program at an accredited institution
- Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher
- Resume submission
- 350 word essay about students airline industry goals or interests
- Recommendation from aviation program faculty member
To learn more about the RAA, visit: www.raa.org/
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