Volume 44
October 27, 2014

A Weekly Aviation Career
Newsletter from Avjobs, Inc.

A Weekly Aviation Career Newsletter from Avjobs, Inc.
 
A Weekly Aviation Career Newsletter from Avjobs, Inc.
Barrington Irving on CNN

An update about Build & Soar, the educational initiative

Hope you're enjoying the summer! I'm writing with an update about Build & Soar, the educational initiative Barrington launched this spring though his nonprofit, Experience Aviation, as a follow-up to his historic round-the-world flight. Last week CNN interviewed Barrington, two students, and a program instructor for a segment about Build & Soar that was broadcast on CNN American Morning and Headline News in 34 markets nationwide, reaching 2.8 million viewers.

As you know, Barrington's personal goal in making his record-setting flight in 2007 was to show other youth Particularly inner city kids That anyone with a dream who is willing to work hard can achieve what seems impossible. With the Build & Soar program, he's giving them a chance to show the world what they can do!

This spring, with the support of The Children's Trust and NASA, instructors from Experience Aviation offered a 9-week, after-school Discover Aviation course to middle and high school students attending F schools (schools with poor F-CAT scores) in Miami. Several of the students who took part (about half boys and half girls) had failed in school or had shown little interest in their studies. With Barrington as a mentor, they worked to bring their GPA's up to 2.0 to qualify for the summer portion of Build & Soar where they would learn about aircraft systems and actually construct an aircraft, one piece and system at a time.

Beginning June 9th, 60 inner city and foster care students, supervised by instructors from the George T. Baker Aviation School, began building an aircraft they call Inspiration II that Barrington has promised to fly as a testament to his faith in their abilities. Scheduled for October 1st, this test flight will be captured by the local and national media and attended by busloads of students from area schools. Watching the plane take off will be the experience of a lifetime for the young people who build and painted the plane, many of whom are now talking about pursuing careers in aviation or aerospace. You'll hear a few of them speak on camera in the CNN piece. In the words of another student, a 15-year-old boy: "I was a troubled student but now I have a reason to do well. Barrington believes in me; he showed me I didn't need to be "average." Instead I can be exceptional like him. First I want to train to become a mechanic, then a pilot. I have a future now."

Barrington's goal for Experience Aviation, which he founded three years ago at age 21, is to continue to offer programs like Build & Soar that positively affect the lives of young people during their impressionable middle and high school years. We value the generous support of friends and sponsors whose contributions are helping students accomplish what seemed impossible. If you would like to help Barrington "take today's youth to a higher plane" through mentoring, career guidance, and hands-on programs, please visit www.experienceaviation.org and click on "Be a Sponsor." Any support you can offer will be most appreciated.

We do hope you will join us in Miami on October 1st when Inspiration II takes flight.  In the meantime, thank you for interest in Experience Aviation and Barrington's ongoing efforts to enable students to build and soar!

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