AMERICAN AIRLINES SPONSORS CRP FUTURE PILOTS FLIGHT SCHOOL'S INAUGURAL CLASS SOLO FLIGHTS
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.
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