For Immediate Release
November 14, 2014
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Record-Setting Pilot Barrington Irving to Land "˜Flying Classroom' in Miami for November 18th Homecoming

- 11-Country, 3-continent STEM+ Learning Tour Inspired Students Worldwide -


Join us to welcome Captain Barrington Irving, Miami’s own educational hero who holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly solo around the world, after a two-month trip to Asia, Indonesia, and Australia, where he carried out 16 powerful ground, air, and sea expeditions exploring real-life applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, history, geography and humanities (STEM+).

Throughout the trip, thousands of students worldwide followed Irving’s adventures through videos and a real-time blog on An electronic portal on board enabled them to follow and participate in expeditions as part of their school science curriculums. The Flying Classroom, named Inspiration III, is a Hawker 400XP business jet provided by Executive Air Services in Miami.

More than 150 students from area schools, special guests, local marching bands, and members of the 5000 Role Models will greet Captain Irving and his crew when they arrive.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

10:00 a.m. Flying Classroom Jet Lands at Opa-locka Airport
10:15-11:15 Remarks by VIP’s, Barrington, Q&A with students
11:15-noon Media Interviews/Photo ops
Noon-2 pm Flying Classroom—20-minute flights for media/special guests

Landmark Aviation

15001 NW 42nd Avenue
Opa-locka Airport
Opa-locka, FL
(305) 687-8410

Program Speakers:
-Fedrick Ingram, President, United Teachers of Dade
-Fabio Alexander, CEO, Executive Air Services
-Captain Barrington Irving, President, Experience Aviation, Inc; Guinness World Record Holder; National Geographic Emerging Explorer

About Barrington Irving
In 2007, Barrington Irving became the youngest person, at 23, and the first black pilot to fly solo around the globe. On his 97-day journey, he flew 30,000 miles in a single-engine plane called “Inspiration.” He made the trip to show other youth that if he could achieve his dream, they could too. A Guinness World Record Holder who was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2012, Captain Irving took flight again on September 23, 2014 in the world’s first Flying Classroom. For more information and to see videos of his educational STEM+ land, sea, and air expeditions, visit