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Published on February 27, 2024
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Dallas will be soaring to new educational heights as the Dallas Airport System pairs up with the local school district to launch "Leaps & Bounds," an aviation extravaganza. The event, outlined in a recent bulletin by the City of Dallas, opens on February 28. It's tailored for about 250 students from the Dallas Independent School District.

The initiative, which ignites inspiration for careers in aviation among the next generation, showcases Captain Barrington Irving, who flew solo around the globe, making history as the youngest and first Black pilot to achieve the feat. The all-day educational affair will take place at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Captain Irving will be also sharing his insights, according to an advisory from the Dallas Airport System, with interviews exclusively available from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CST.

Joining Irving are major figures in the city's department of aviation, as well as leadership from DISD, including Oswaldo Alvarenga, Michael Gagne, Janel Humphries, Kyna Eberhardt, and Dorothy Jean Laswell. Their collective presence signals an effort aimed at fostering diversity and inclusion within the realms of education and aviation.

Ample photo, video, and interview opportunities for media have been highlighted as part of the event logistics. Interested media representatives are recommended to send their RSVPs to [email protected] by February 27, 2 p.m., with the event kicking off early at approximately 8:00 a.m. CST the following day for media arrivals. The museum is located at 6911 Lemmon Avenue in Dallas, with designated parking available for attending media.