Barrington Irving, the 24- year-old pilot who set two world records in June, 2007 to become the youngest pilot and the first person of African descent to fly solo around the globe, will be presented with a Congressional Resolution today, at the U.S. Capitol building.
The Resolution (H. Res. 661), passed unanimously by The U.S. House of Representatives on December 11, 2007, and was introduced by U.S. Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) and Kendrick B. Meek(D-Miami), and encourages the pursuit of more initiatives like Irving's nonprofit organization, Experience Aviation, Inc., which introduces youth and underrepresented groups to careers in aviation and aerospace.
Barrington Irving's flight is now part of aviation history. On his four- month, 30,000-mile "World Flight Adventure" beginning on June 23, 2007 that was followed on the Internet by more than 100,000 students, Irving encountered thunderstorms, snowstorms, sandstorms, monsoons and icing along the way. He made 27 stops including the Azores, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Dubai, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan before returning to the U.S. via Alaska. As he flew back across the U.S., he was celebrated by the public, sponsors and students in Anchorage, Seattle, Denver, Houston, and Mobile.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in inner-city Miami, Irving explains that his purpose in making the flight was to inspire inner-city and minority youth, and other youth throughout the world, to consider aviation careers, but more important, to pursue whatever dream they might have. He named his plane "Inspiration," and said, " ... because that's what I want my historic venture to be for young people. They can look at me and realize that if I can achieve my dream, they can too."
Barrington is now introducing innovative, hands-on educational programs for students at his Experience Aviation Learning Center in Miami. For more information, visit http://www.experienceaviation.org/.