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Aviation hero inspires Los Angeles students
By Sentinel News Service
Published February 18, 2010

Barrington Irving

Aviation Hero Inspires Los Angeles Students

Barrington Irving’s ‘Dream & Soar: Youth in Aviation’ program in partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America motivates youth to consider aviation careers

Barrington Irving, the youngest person and the first African American pilot to fly solo around the world will present his inspirational message through the ‘Mitsubishi Dream & Soar: Youth in Aviation’ on Thursday, February 18th to 1,400 students from Los Angeles’s Morningside High School and Crenshaw High School. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA) is sponsoring the initiative in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Inglewood and Los Angeles Unified School Districts.

The first of two assemblies will be held at Morningside High School located at 10500 South Yukon Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90303 from 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. where Mr. Irving will speak to 200 students.

Mr. Irving will then visit Crenshaw High School located at 5010 11th Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043 from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., kicking off another assembly of 1,400 students at the school’s auditorium.

“I believe the sponsorship by MHIA is allowing me to get my educational and motivational message out to a growing number of students and to introduce them to careers in aviation. I want to show them that pursuing a career in this exciting industry can enable them to realize their dreams–just as I did,” says Mr. Irving.

Mr. Irving, himself mentored by a commercial airlines pilot, is the founder of the Miami-based Experience Aviation program which is designed to build math, science, reading and problem solving skills to young people. He began Experience Aviation after his 97-day history-making global flight as a 23-year-old pilot in 2007. Mr. Irving has received numerous U.S. and international awards for his role-model-for-youth initiatives.


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