Renowned aviator Barrington Irving gave an inspiring message about aviation as a career to hundreds of middle and high school students from central Florida today at the NBAA Convention. In 2007, at just 23, Irving flew solo around the world in a Columbia 400, dubbed Inspiration because he had to ask individual suppliers for donated parts so he could afford the airplane. After flying more than 30,000 miles without radar or anti-icing systems, he became the first African American and the youngest person to fly solo around the world.
Changes are coming for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Booth No. 1185). School president John Johnson and worldwide campus chancellor John Watret have established an Embry-Riddle Worldwide College of Business, which will effectively replace the current Worldwide Department of Business Administration for the university. This more formally structured college will serve more than 4,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students who are participating in eight degree programs.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has donated a Hawker 400XPr jet to serve as the flying classroom for record-setting pilot and educator Barrington Irving’s latest project. The “Classroom in the Sky” project, an initiative of Irving’s non-profit Experience Aviation, will expose millions of students to aviation by allowing them to interact with him during a planned around-the-world flight, which will take him to all seven continents.
“It will be the only classroom in the world capable of reaching 41,000 feet in 18 minutes,” said record-setting pilot and educator Barrington Irving yesterday at the launch of his latest endeavor, known as “Classroom in the Sky.” The project, an initiative of Irving’s non-profit Experience Aviation, will attempt to expose millions of students to aviation by allowing them to interact with him during a planned around-the-world flight, which will take him to all seven continents.
NBAA is again hosting a general session focusing on careers in business aviation targeted at middle- and high-school students. The event, to be held November 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Orange County Convention Center, is designed to inspire young people to consider aviation careers. Keynote speaker is Barrington Irving, ambassador for the Mitsubishi/Barrington Irving Dream & Soar: Youth in Aviation program, which emphasizes study in science and math.
FlightSafety International is revamping its classroom curricula to be more participatory and less pedagogical. The company says students learn more and faster by doing as opposed to listening to a traditional lecture. The theory is not new, but its application to typical ground school instruction, combined with high-tech training devices, is. “It’s a new approach to the way we deliver training,” said Greg McGowan, FlightSafety International (FSI) senior vice president of operations.
Western Aircraft recently built and donated a cockpit simulator to be used as a learning tool in Idaho State University’s College of Technology.
A refreshing perspective on the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme went largely unnoticed last week, when organizers of a conference call to discuss a new study commissioned by the German Marshall Fund of the United States canceled the event due to a lack of registrants.
Republic Polytechnic, a Singaporean college, and Pratt & Whitney have signed a two-year memorandum of understanding aimed at training future aviation professionals to be industry relevant and ready. With the anticipated future demand for manpower in the aviation industry, the MOU aims to nurture aerospace aspirants and promote a career for Republic Polytechnics students in this sector.
Today, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association launched a seven-figure initiative aimed at reversing the decline in the number of U.S.-licensed pilots, which is down 25 percent over the last 30 years, and arresting the estimated 80-percent student-pilot dropout rate. The association’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community will be funded by the AOPA Foundation and will initially focus on supporting flying clubs, with the goal of creating 1,000 new clubs over the next five years.