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Irving flies solo around globe

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Barrington Irving, the first person of African descent and the youngest individual ever to fly solo around the globe is back on solid ground in South Florida after traversing four continents, traveling more than 25,000 miles.
Barrington Irving, the first person of African descent and the youngest individual ever to fly solo around the globe is back on solid ground in South Florida after traversing four continents, traveling more than 25,000 miles.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in inner-city Miami, Irving's impetus for making his historic trans-Atlantic flight was to inspire inner-city and minority youth, and other youth throughout the nation, to consider pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace. He named his plane "Inspiration," he said, "…because that's what I want my historic venture to be for young people. They can look at me and realize that if I can achieve my dream, they can too."

Irving founded Experience Aviation Inc. (EA), a nonprofit organization that provides flight simulator training and aviation career guidance to middle and high school students. He opened the first EA Learning Center in Miami in November, 2006, with the support of the Miami-Dade Mayor, School Board members, and other local officials and businesses. Students who attend the center are among the thousands worldwide who tracked Irving's trip on Microsoft flight simulator programs and read his flight blog on his website, www.experienceaviation.org.

Irving's custom-made aircraft, including state-of-the-art data programming with electronic charts and extended range fuel tanks, is evidence of his determination to achieve his dream of circling the world. In 2003, when no aircraft manufacturer would lend or lease him a plane, he asked aircraft component manufacturing companies to donate only the part they produced. After securing $300,000 in donated components, including tires, cockpit systems, seats, and the engine, Columbia Aircraft in Oregon agreed to assemble the parts and build him the world's fastest single-engine piston aircraft in production today.

Disheartened by the lack of minorities in aviation careers, Barrington Irving used his historic flight to inspire other young people across the nation and world to resist the negative influences of the streets and strive to achieve their dreams. Barrington's example will prove to be a positive impetus for generations yet to come that nothing is impossible!
Courtesy of BlackPR
 

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