Bombardier is teaming up with Captain Barrington Irving, winner of the NBAA Spirit Award, to create a curriculum and outreach programme to inspire the USA’s next generation of A&P technicians. Bombardier aims to fuel the talent pipeline at its five USA-based service centres.
“We are committed to ensuring our customers receive the best customer experience possible and this new relationship with NBAA Spirit Award winner Captain Barrington Irving will help us develop a solid training base of technicians across our growing service centre network,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, vice president and general manager, customer experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We are honoured to be working closely with such a dynamic and inspirational pilot, educator and true ambassador for aviation and aerospace in North America and around the world.”
Irving was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in inner-city Miami, Florida. Growing up, he focussed his attention on college football but instead chose a career in aviation. This path culminated in a 97-day solo flight around the globe in a single-engine piston aircraft – making him the youngest pilot to achieve the feat. He then formed Experience Aviation, based at Opa-Locka Airport in Miami Dade County, empowering young people to follow careers in aviation. With his Flying Classroom initiative, Irving has inspired students around the world to pursue their passion of learning to fly and to maintain and repair aircraft.
“I am thrilled to be working with Bombardier to further my goal of educating young people about the wonders of a career in aviation or aerospace,” said Irving. “Bombardier is a respected aerospace leader with a unique entrepreneurial spirit that I admire and respect. Aligning our vision for the future is a natural extension of what I have been trying to accomplish throughout my career.”
Bombardier Aviation is currently recruiting hundreds of positions worldwide including aircraft technicians, customer response team technicians, engineers, production support, supervisors and more.