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Aviation Art Contest Rules

'My Dream to Fly'

2019 Aviation Art Contest
Have you ever sat in class, looked out the window and wondered what it would be like to fly? If so, you are not alone!

Teachers might not always like it, but something about looking at the sky calls us to daydream about what is possible. Orange embers floating above a campfire do the same, and who has not been a little envious seeing a hawk soar across the sky?

Inside all of us, a dream to fly is just waiting for the chance to come to life.

Nature has many ways to encourage us to dream.  Whether it is the hot embers of the campfire floating up or tree leaves floating down, each dares us to dream of riding the currents of air across the sky.

In response, we dream of creating hot-air balloons of all shapes and colors. Their burners blast heat into the envelop of the balloon, heating the air and lifting us into the sky. For those who want to join the hawks of the air, dreams of flight will lead to new gliders of all types. Advanced and novel gliders, paragliders, and hang gliders will allow us to soar through the air with ease and grace.

Back on the ground, those of us who want to tame the wind, instead of surfing along it, dream of creating new planes and helicopters to challenge the wind and fly wherever we want. Visions of new aerobatic planes races through our minds as they will one day race through the sky.

Or maybe you dream of joining your friends in a specially designed helicopter that allows you to sight see your neighborhood, city, or countryside. For others, the race to the border of space will lead to dreams of jet powered planes going faster and higher than ever before.

Each achievement in flight has started with a dream. Along the way, the next generation of aviation enthusiasts has built their dreams on the works of those who came before.

Now, it’s your turn.

Where ever your imagination takes you when you look to the clouds, it’s time to pick up your favorite art supplies and share your dream to fly!

Contest Requirements


Mail artwork and Certificate of Authenticity to:

NCDOT Aviation Art Contest
N.C. Division of Aviation
1560 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2560

All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Plan ahead: Don't let winter weather result in missing the deadline.


All children who live in and/or attend school in North Carolina and in the age groups below are encouraged to participate. Children who are related to officials and employees of the N.C. Department of Transportation are also eligible to participate.

Age Groups

Age Range
Date of birth between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012
IntermediateDate of birth between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2008
SeniorDate of birth between Jan. 1, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2004

Additional information is available on the website of the National Association of State Aviation Officials.


The required format is 11¾ x 16½ inches (paper size A3) or, if this is unobtainable, the nearest possible equivalent. Artwork must NOT be framed or outlined with borders.


All artwork must be by hand (or, in the case of children with physical challenges, by foot or mouth).

Permitted Media

  • Watercolor
  • Acrylic
  • Oil paint
  • Indelible marker pens
  • Felt-tip pens
  • Soft ball-point pens
  • Indelible ink
  • Crayola
  • Other similar indelible medium

Prohibited Media

  • Pencil
  • Colored pencil
  • Charcoal or other non-permanent medium
  • Computer-generated artwork
  • Collage work involving the use of photocopies


There is no need for a title on the artwork, and entrants can decide for themselves whether to include one. However, there should be a clearly recognizable link to the theme of the content.


The artist's name should not appear on the front of the artwork. The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the artwork:

  • Family name, given name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Country of residence
  • Name and address of school
  • Title of the artwork (if desired)


A parent, guardian or art teacher must certify the authenticity of the artwork and the age of each artist. The Certificate of Authenticity must be completed and mailed with the artwork.

Reproduction Rights

Once received, all entries will become and remain the properties of the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation and may be used for a variety of purposes.

Artwork that does not place at the national level may be returned if the student or school provides the adequate return postage and package. Artwork forwarded for international judging becomes the property of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale; however, FAI will try to return the original artwork.


State Awards

Entries in each age group will be judged, and state winners and runners-up will be selected. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to Washington, D.C. to be judged in the national competition.

The North Carolina Airports Association will present the following awards to state winners:

Age Group
First Place
Second Place
Third Place

In addition to the individual awards, the winners' schools will receive a prize:

  • First Place: $100
  • Second Place: $75
  • Third Place: $50

National Awards

First-, second- and third-place national winners will be selected from each age group. All national winners will receive certificates, ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork.

International Awards

The first-, second- and third-place winners in each age group will be forwarded to Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Headquarters in Switzerland for international judging. Winners of the international competition will receive certificates and gold, silver or bronze medals.


The North Carolina Aviation Art Contest is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation and the North Carolina Airports Association.

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