SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

April 22, 2008 19:14 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Aviation World-Record Setter to Make First LA Appearance at Career Day for Valley Students

VAN NUYS, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) -


WHAT:   Barrington Irving -- who became the first African American pilot
        and youngest person ever to fly solo around the globe in 2007 at
        age 23 -- will make his first Los Angeles appearance when he
        speaks to students at Aviation Career Day 2008, a career fair for
        more than 1,400 students from 35 San Fernando Valley middle and
        high schools. The event will introduce local youth to the exciting
        world of aviation, including career opportunities. Presented in
        partnership by Van Nuys Airport -- celebrating its 80th birthday
        this year -- Syncro Aviation, Los Angeles City Council-member Tony
        Cardenas and the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, the
        event will offer nearly 60 interactive and hands-on displays.
        Excellent opportunity for visuals:
        -- Civilian and military aircraft displays, including the U.S.
           Navy F/A-18 Hornet, U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon and Coast
           Guard C-130 Hercules.
        -- A 40-foot by 40-foot "Super Science" area where students can
           perform hands-on science experiments and participate in
           interactive demonstrations.
        -- An Embry-Riddle University "build camp," where students can
           create and fly model airplanes.
        -- A simulated classroom demonstrating student mechanics at work,
           a small-scale wind tunnel and aircraft flight simulator, and a
           state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology lab.

WHEN:   Friday, April 25, 2008 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
        7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  Dedication ceremony and plaque unveiling
                            honors the life and legacy of Barbara Cesar,
                            co-founder of Syncro Aviation and aviation
                            education advocate. Cesar passed away last
                            November.
        9 a.m. - 2 p.m.     Students participate in Aviation Career Day
                            activities.
        9:15 a.m.           Councilmember Cárdenas and students perform
                            science demonstration.
        10:15 a.m. and      Barrington Irving delivers 10-minute
        11:30 a.m.          motivational speech to students.


WHO:    Dedication ceremony: Councilmember Cardenas, Van Nuys Airport
        Manager Selena Birk and Syncro Aviation President Pierre-Louis
        Moroni. Special guest: Aviation world record-setter Barrington
        Irving. Full day: San Fernando Valley middle and high school
        students.

WHERE:  The Historic Syncro Hangar, 7701 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys (north of
        Saticoy Street).

ABOUT
IRVING: On March 23, 2007, Barrington Irving, a 23-year-old senior
        majoring in aerospace at Florida Memorial University, climbed into
        a single-engine plane called "Inspiration" and embarked on a
        26,800-mile, round-the-world flight. He returned on June 27 as a
        record-setter. The Jamaica native, raised in inner-city Miami,
        hopes his historic flight will inspire other young people to
        resist negative influences and pursue their dreams.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Stacy Geere
    for Van Nuys Airport and Syncro Aviation
    (818) 434-7633