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The International Aviation Art Contest is open to children ages 6-17. Entries must be postmarked and received by Jan. 20, 2017. The top three winners will compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. This year's contest theme is "Beyond the Clouds."

Calling all young aviators! Do you have a passion for airplanes, hot air balloons, gliders or simply like to fly as a passenger? Do you like to draw, paint or color? If so, here's a fun opportunity for children between the ages of 6 and 17 to combine art and aviation in the International Aviation Art Contest, sponsored by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

Entries are judged in three classes, according to age and at least in part for its creative use of the theme "Beyond the Clouds" in relation to the aviation world. Winners will receive recognition from their state. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to Washington, D.C., to be judged in the national competition. All Michigan entries must be submitted and postmarked by Jan. 20, 2017, to Leanne Hengesbach, Office of Aeronautics, 2700 Port Lansing Road, Lansing, MI 48906, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 517-335-9756.

Since 1989, the FAI has sponsored the International Aviation Art Contest to challenge young people to illustrate the importance of aviation through art. Demonstrating the impact of aeronautics through an interactive, fun medium such as art motivates youth of all ages to become more familiar with aeronautics, engineering and science.

The U.S. portion of the contest is sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), managed by the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Center for Aviation Research and Education, and sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, Ken Cook Co., the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education, with additional support from NASAO members.

For more information and contest rules, please visit http://bit.ly/2cRqqBK.

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