Barrington Irving launches technical and professional training center for business aviation

Aviation pioneer and advocate Barrington Irving has partnered with industry and community organizations to launch a vocational and technical training center in South Florida to help build a pool of local students , national and international in the disciplines of business aviation. Irving is partnering with the NBAA, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Department of Aviation, Atlantic Aviation and Bombardier on the center, which organizers say will provide innovative training programs and approaches , as well as specialized technical and professional certifications. Plans are to enroll 100 students next year.

“This pioneering new initiative shows our commitment to the future of business aviation, ensuring that we have trained and highly specialized talent to support the growing growth and demand of the industry around the world,” said the NBAA President and CEO, Ed Bolen.

The collaboration involves several local South Florida entities and is seeking additional partners to assist in its mission to showcase various aspects of business aviation.

“I am extremely excited about the launch of this phenomenal program to train our future pilots, engineers, technicians and business leaders in the aviation industry,” said Miami-Dade County Vice Chairman Oliver Gilbert. “This training center will allow young people in our community to take full advantage of all the opportunities the aviation industry has to offer.

The center is the latest of many initiatives undertaken by Irving to attract new students to the industry. The Flying Classroom and Experience Aviation organizations founded by Irving have helped more than 200 students find positions in business aviation.

“Not only do I use business aviation to grow our business and recruit students into our industry, but I, along with our partners, am a living testimony to how business aviation can help you outrun you,” said Irving, who in 2007 became the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine plane. “Business aviation has so much to offer, and our stories need to be told more often for new students to learn and grow from tangible experiences.”

Irving in 2019 received the NBAA American Spirit Award for his dedication to mentoring and promoting STEM careers.

Milton S. Rodgers