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Aviation Art Contest

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THEME – “Design Your Perfect Aircraft”

Have you ever drawn a picture of an airplane, helicopter, or hot air balloon and added some extra details? Maybe, you started drawing a glider and ended up with a super-powered jet that could take you, your favorite pet, and your friends into space. Maybe you mixed and matched, combining the best features of different types of aircraft to create something unique. Every great aviation idea starts in the imagination of a person who wants to see something new in the sky. Drawing from aviation’s past, these visionaries create aviation’s future.

Today’s aircraft are the work of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people who turn ideas into aircraft that fly. Engineers put ideas onto paper. Manufacturers turn those drawings into real-life parts that get put together and become today’s balloons, gliders, aerobatic planes, microlights, and helicopters. Each new version is improved for safety, aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, or a thousand other major and minor changes that put smiles on the faces of pilots and passengers alike.

What is your perfect aircraft? What would power it through the sky? Would it be big or small? What special features would make pilots and passengers excited to be in the air? Every craft you see in the sky today started with similar questions. Each idea has the chance to change the way gliders soar, helicopters hover, and aerobatic racers twist and swoop through the sky. You might have an idea to change the way hang-gliders look as they sail through the air or improve the controls of today’s modern cockpits.

If you have ever looked up into the sky and thought, wouldn’t it be great if…this art challenge is for you! Let your imagination soar and create a work of art that fits the theme, “Design your perfect aircraft.” Grab your favorite pens, paints, or crayons and share your vision of the perfect aircraft. Your art today might become an inspiration for tomorrow’s aviation reality.


Youths ages 6 - 17 are encouraged to participate in the contest, even if they are related to officials or employees of NASAO, FAI, or any of its member organizations.

Group I Junior Category:

Date of birth between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2015

Group II Category Intermediate:

Date of birth between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011

Group III Senior Category:

Date of birth between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2007


The U.S. contest is part of an international program run by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). All contest rules (with the exception of the U.S. contest deadline dates) are set by FAI.


  • 11 3/4 X 16 ½ inches or, if this is unobtainable, the nearest possible equivalent.
  • Artwork must NOT be framed or outlined with borders
  • Artwork should clearly represent the theme of the contest


Permitted: acrylic, oil paint, watercolor, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ball-point pens, indelible ink, Crayola or any similar indelible medium. 

NOT permitted: non-permanent mediums such as pencil or charcoal; computer-generated artwork; collage work involving the use of photocopies.


Certificate of authenticity (see brochure) must be attached to the back of the artwork.

The following information must be included on the back of the art:

  • first and last name
  • mailing address
  • date of birth
  • name and address of child's school

There is no need for a title on the poster and entrants can decide for themselves whether or not to include one; however, there should be a clearly recognizable link to the theme of the contest.

Once received, entries become (and remain) the property of the State Sponsors and NASAO, and may be used for a variety of purposes. States may request art be returned to them by providing a return mail slip and packaging along with the artwork being submitted to NASAO.

Those forwarded for international judging become the property of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), however, FAI will try to return the original artwork.


Entries in each age group are judged and state winners and runners-up are selected. Winners receive recognition from their state. The top three entries in each age group are forwarded to Washington D.C. to be judged in the national competition.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place national winners from each age group are selected from the state submissions. All national winning artwork is forwarded to FAI for the international competition.

Winners of the international competition receive certificates and gold, silver, or bronze medals.



Congratulations to the 2021 North Dakota State winners! 




1st Afton Olson Elgin- New Leipzig Elementary     
2nd Martina Prudente Elgin- New Leipzig Elementary
3rd Daisy Sabin Elgin- New Leipzig Elementary





1st Kate Barnick Edgeley Public School
2nd Esther Sprenger Elgin- New Leipzig Elementary

Mckenna Cook

Edgeley Public School










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For more information call (701) 328-9653. All artwork must include a valid authenticity form and must comply with formatting parameters which can be found on the IAAC brochure. All entries must be postmarked by January , 2022.

Submissions can be sent to:

North Dakota Aeronautics Commission
Attn: Mike McHugh
PO Box 5020
2301 University Drive Bldg. 22
Bismarck, ND 58504