• Media Relations

    +1-817-967-1577 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CT Monday-Friday)

    +1-817-931-1348 (after-hours duty manager)

    mediarelations@aa.com (not monitored after hours)


    FORT WORTH, Texas – Eight students from the inaugural class of the American Airlines sponsored CRP Future Pilots Flight School took to the skies for their first solo flights on Saturday, Dec. 12. 

    Each student successfully conducted three takeoffs and landings of a Tecnam Sierra aircraft without assistance from their instructors at the Dallas Executive Airport. Four American Airlines pilot mentors were also on hand to present each student with a certificate of accomplishment immediately after their solo flight.

    “American Airlines is proud to be a part of such an exciting chapter in the lives of these young pilots as they embark on their future careers in aviation,” said Mark Hetterman, American’s Vice President – Flight.

    The CRP Future Pilots Flight School’s inaugural class is made up of juniors and seniors enrolled at DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas.  Participating students include: Blake Bozarth, 18; Xavier Christian, 17; Will Gardner, 16; Marisa Paramo, 17; Leedarius Robertson, 17; John Stephens, 17; Aisha Steward, 17; and Jeremy Vargas, 17.

    Founded in 2008, the CRP Future Pilots Flight School is dedicated to educating disadvantaged youth between eight and 18 years of age in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in aviation maintenance, piloting principles, as well as math and science. The school’s curriculum consists of a Pilot program and an Aviation Maintenance Technical (AMT) program.

    The CRP Future Pilots Flight School is among American Airlines most important community initiatives and receives support from the company at large, including counsel from senior executives, mentoring from pilots and mechanics, and communications assistance from public relations staff.

    About American Airlines
    American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)

    AmericanAirlines®  We know why you fly®

    Current AMR Corp. releases can be accessed on the Internet.
    The address is http://www.aa.com

    How can we improve our site?

    Submit Feedback