Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Black History Month: Day 21| Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving
November 11, 1983- Present

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Irving grew up in inner-city Miami.  At 15, he met a Jamaican Airline Pilot, Captain Gary Robinson, who motivated him to pursue a career in aviation.  In 2005, he founded a non-profit organization in Miami called Experience Aviation (EA), Inc.  The organization introduced adolescents to career opportunities in the Aviation field.  The following year, he opened the EA Learning center that provided middle & high school students with a “Discover Aviation” after-school program that included career guidance.  On June 27, 2007… Captain Barrington Irving was the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the globe.
During his 97-day journey.. he flew 30,000 miles in a single engine aircraft in which he named Inspiration.  That same summer, the EA center launched a 10-week program entitled Build & Soar, where 60 students constructed a Zenith XL Aircraft.  Irving piloted the test flight of that aircraft in October 2008.  Amongst his accomplishment, Irving was presented the Congressional Resolution to honor his work in the field as well as the Medallion of Excellence form the Florida State Senate in 2007.


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