Youth With Wings
"We want to show the youth of America that they can dream big dreams, and they can start right now," FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said as the FAA signed a partnership agreement with 20-year-old Jamail Larkins to promote career opportunities in aviation and aerospace. "Jamail didn't wait for his career in aviation to take off," Blakey said. "He took off with it." Larkins, a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, took his first flight with the Young Eagles at age 12, and soloed two years later in Canada. He will work with the FAA's educational outreach initiatives throughout the country to attract children and young adults to aviation careers. (Underdeveloped cerebral risk-taking inhibitors notwithstanding ...) Meanwhile, Utah pilot Jared Aicher, 33, is planning a flight around the world that will include at least 400 Young Eagles introductory flights for children in 64 countries along the way. Aicher plans to launch in May on the first phase of the trip, with stops in each of the lower 48 states and several Caribbean destinations. He will fly an all-composite four-place Ravin 500.