NAHA Programs

Be a leader in flight!

Ohioans: Show your pride in Ohio’s aviation heritage and aerospace industry with a “Leader in Flight” license plate!

The Wright Flyer image reminds motorists that Ohio is the Birthplace of Aviation—the state where the Wright brothers lived, invented and perfected the airplane. The space shuttle image reminds us that Ohio continues to be a leader in aviation and aerospace, home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, NASA’s Glenn Research Center, and major aerospace companies such as GE Aviation.

NAHA Leader in Flight license platePlates are available for your passenger vehicles, non-commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, house vehicles and non-commercial trailers. You can also order personalized plates (up to six characters).

The Leader in Flight license plate program supports NAHA’s efforts to preserve and promote aviation heritage. The state contributes $15 of every registration to NAHA; half of that amount goes to its license plate program partner, Wright “B” Flyer Inc.

Order plates online directly from the BMV.

Here’s how:

  • Go to and click on “special plates”.
  • Select the type of vehicle (other than motorcycle) and click “continue”.
  • Scroll down the list of plates and select “Leader in Flight”. A sample plate should appear. Click “continue”.
  • If you want a personalized plate, follow the directions to check the availability of the plate. Otherwise, select “I would like the state of Ohio to assign me a stock plate”.
  • Continue the steps to order your plates.

Or, download an application form for your own Leader in Flight plates.

Help us spread the word! Download and print our flier (PDF document) for your office bulletin board, or design your own with high-resolution license plate images from our Flickr page.

Mitchel Cary/Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship

Learn to Fly with NAHA!

If you are between 15 and 21 years old and dream of flying, the National Aviation Heritage Alliance can get you started!

NAHA sponsors a scholarship program that will provide $1,500 worth of flying lessons towards earning a Private Pilot or Light Sport Pilot’s Certificate. That’s enough for the average person to learn to fly solo!

The name of the scholarship is the Mitchel Cary/Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship. It is named in honor of two pilots who lost their lives in 2011 in the commemoration of the Wright brothers’ invention of aviation. The partner organizations in NAHA and the families of Mitch and Don believe that this is a good way to pass their love of flying on to a new pilot.

It is a competitive scholarship. Only one will be awarded this year but more will be available as funds permit.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be between 15 and 21 years old.
  • Live or go to school in one of the counties of the National Aviation Heritage Area: Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Shelby, or Warren
  • Be able to pass an FAA third-class medical exam or have a valid Ohio driver’s license
  • Submit an application with supporting documents to NAHA

All of the details of what you need to submit the application are on the form itself. The application can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.

Your application has to be submitted by November 30, 2014, to the Executive Director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. If you have questions, contact Tony Sculimbrene at (937) 443.0165.

Apply now and go for your dream!

Download the Scholarship Application