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For Immediate Release:
March 19, 2015
Media Contact:
Trenae Floyd
trenae@miamidade.gov
305-375-5694

Commissioner Jordan takes flight with Captain Barrington Irving


Commissioner Jordan takes flight with Captain Barrington Irving
Left: Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan presents Captain Barrington Irving with a proclamation recognizing his vision and ability to engage students in STEM activities. Middle: Captain Barrington Irving readies his passengers before they take flight from Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport. Right: Captain Barrington Irving’s Columbia 400 single-engine four-seater airplane takes off from Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport with Commissioner Jordan on board.

(MIAMI, FL) – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan can cross one wish off of her bucket list after climbing into the cockpit and flying above the skies of South Florida with Captain Barrington Irving. On March 18, the famed pilot, who in 2007 became the youngest pilot and first African American to fly around the world, gave Commissioner Jordan a first-hand look at his company, Irving Ventures. This for-profit entity allows Irving to create curriculum for programs that encourage students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Aviation.

“Barrington applied for a Mom & Pop grant to help construct an educational program for students interested in following in his footsteps,” said Commissioner Jordan. “He’s hoping that more students will embrace his eagerness to build an aircraft or fly an airplane in the military or as a commercial pilot.

“Irving Ventures clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of the Mom & Pop program. Imagine if Barrington had more funds to work with, how many more lives he could touch. Barrington’s program is definitely one of our success stories,” she added.

Captain Irving accompanied Commissioner Jordan in the same Columbia 400 single-engine four-seater airplane in which he completed his historic expedition. The duo took off from the Orion Jet Center at Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport in Opa-locka for a 30-minute flight that motivated Commissioner Jordan to consider her next flying venture.

“It was an honor and my pleasure to have Commissioner Jordan experience the joy of aviation,” said Captain Irving. “Now she understands why I’m so passionate about young people embracing this industry.”

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