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Record setting African American pilot introduces JPS students to aviation and more

"There's no check I've received that's greater than the fulfillment you feel in helping a young child realize their potential." ....Source: WLBT "There's no check I've received that's greater than the fulfillment you feel in helping a young child realize their potential." ....Source: WLBT
Pilot Captain Barrington Irving shared his aviation experiences with 150 JPS middle school students Friday.....Source: WLBT Pilot Captain Barrington Irving shared his aviation experiences with 150 JPS middle school students Friday.....Source: WLBT
I see myself in a lot of these kids  .You know to be able to show them a picture of growing up in the hood with three holes in the bottom of your shoes and to get to where I am today.....Source: WLBT I see myself in a lot of these kids .You know to be able to show them a picture of growing up in the hood with three holes in the bottom of your shoes and to get to where I am today.....Source: WLBT
His "Flying Classroom" teaches about opportunities in aviation, engineering, and technology.....Source: WLBT His "Flying Classroom" teaches about opportunities in aviation, engineering, and technology.....Source: WLBT
"The goal is to change mindset and perspectives and for kids to see what's possible and what's accessible,"....Source: WLBT "The goal is to change mindset and perspectives and for kids to see what's possible and what's accessible,"....Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Some JPS students aren't whittling away their days playing video games. Instead, they are learning about aviation and STEM and more.

Verizon held the one-day event at Jackson State University.

Pilot Captain Barrington Irving shared his aviation experiences with 150 JPS middle school students Friday.

His "Flying Classroom" teaches about opportunities in aviation, engineering, and technology.

At the age of 23, he became the first and youngest African American to fly solo around the world, 30,000 miles over 97 days. The Jamaican born pilot and entrepreneur shared with the students his life story and his introduction into aviation by his mentor African American pilot Captain Gary Robinson.

"I see myself in a lot of these kids," said Irving. "You know to be able to show them a picture of growing up in the hood with three holes in the bottom of your shoes and to get to where I am today. I look at myself now as a Captain Robinson. Having the ability to preach the gospel of what's possible."

Irving's interactive sessions teach students about drone technology, autonomous engineering, coding, biomedical/biosciences and 3D printing.

"The goal is to change mindset and perspectives and for kids to see what's possible and what's accessible," added the record-setting pilot.

The 34-year-old has a fleet of airplanes which operates for expeditions he records and shares through the "Flying Classroom."

"It's so fulfilling," said Irving. "There's no check I've received that's greater than the fulfillment you feel in helping a young child realize their potential." 

Captain Irving has flown his team of instructors to their next stop which is Atlanta.

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