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The award will make a big impact on the organization. Demetrius Harris, president and executive director for Fly Compton, said the donation would help break down entry barriers into the piloting profession. Harris said, “At Fly Compton, we know that lack of exposure, access to resources, and the high cost of flight training prevents underrepresented populations from exploring careers in aviation. We focus on eliminating these barriers to entry, and this funding package from Boeing helps us continue this important work.”
Boeing’s nearly $1 million commitment will help Black pilots enter the profession. Samantha Whitfield, executive director for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, spoke about the barriers aspiring Black pilots face. “Funding flight training is often one of the greatest barriers for students of color pursuing a pilot career. Scholarship partners like Boeing provide the much-needed support to fuel the careers of aspiring aviators,” Whitfield said.
The future of Black pilots matters. BLACK ENTERPRISE previously reported airlines looked to recruit Black pilots to fill a shortage when COVID-19 hit the U.S.
Source: Black Enterprise