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For Immediate Release:
March 17, 2015
Media Contact:
Trenae Floyd
trenae@miamidade.gov
305-375-5694

Commissioner Jordan to fly high with famed pilot

Policymaker gets first-hand look at Mom & Pop Grant funds in action


(MIAMI, FL) – In 2007, at the age of 23, Barrington Irving gained fame by becoming the youngest pilot to fly around the world. Now the Florida Memorial University graduate is the owner of Irving Ventures, a company he founded that encourages students to pursue careers in engineering and aviation. With the help of a Mom & Pop grant, Irving is able to continue his mission. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. will take flight with him in the same Columbia 400 single-engine four-seater airplane in which he completed his historic expedition.

That flight will take place on Wednesday, March 18, beginning at 8:00 a.m., at the Orion Jet Center at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport, 14950 N.W. 44th Court, in Opa-locka.   

“Barrington is one of those rare gems who will shine wherever he goes,” said Commissioner Jordan, whose district houses Irving Ventures. “Barrington’s program clearly defines the mission of the Mom & Pop grant because it gives companies such as his the opportunity to touch lives in a positive manner.”

Irving’s famous flight was recognized in Ripley’s Believe it or Not, National Geographic, and the Guinness Book of World Records, among others.

Who:
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, District 1
Barrington Irving, Founder, Irving Ventures
What:
Commissioner Jordan takes flight in four-seater aircraft to see how Mom & Pop grant funds are expended
When:
March 18, 2015, 8:00 a.m.
Where:
Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport
Orion Jet Center
14950 N.W. 44th Court
Opa-locka, FL 33054