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

2017 International Aviation Art Contest

View contest brochureNew Jersey artists aged 6 to 17 were invited to participate in the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest (pdf 448k).

"Beyond the Clouds"
is the 2017 theme.

We live beneath the clouds. We look up and see them stand stationary or speed across the sky. We see them reflect the bright colors of the sunrise or sunset. They turn dark and purple, letting us know a storm is coming. We see almost every aspect of clouds, except what they look like from above. Above the clouds is s space known only to those who dare to break the bounds ofearth. Some soar in hot air balloons, gliders and hang gliders, floating across the sky with the clouds. Others fly in planes, as pilots or passengers, watching the clouds and earth race by below. Specially trained pilots in rugged aircraft fly into storm clouds, taking measurements that help those on the ground predict where the storm will go. Those in helicopters can stand still, like clouds on a still day, or can fly across the sky high and low. Aerobatic pilots love clear skies, so those below can watch their amazing feats of flight. Intrepid aviators on the ground send up weather balloons almost to space, both for science and for the amazing pictures that can be taken only when you get above the clouds.

The world of aviation is always changing as each new generation of pilots and designers bring their vision of flight to the world. Now is the time to grab your favorite art supplies and turn yor imagination loose. Create a work of art that celebrates the adventures and excitment only available in that special place beyond the clouds.

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.

The 2017 winning entries for the New Jersey contest are available for viewing.

Past winners in New Jersey's Aviation Art Contest include:
2016 2011 2006
2015 2010 2005
2014 2009 2004
2013 2008* 2003
2012 2007 2002

* - Contest not held in New Jersey or at the National Level.

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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