He'll Promote Aviation Career Opportunities
Jamail Larkins, at 21 the nation's youngest aerobatic pilot and
an aviation business student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, signed today an Ambassadorship Agreement with Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Marion Blakey. The
ceremony to formalize the contract was held at FAA Headquarters in
As the FAA Ambassador for Aviation and Space Education, Larkins
will promote aviation and aerospace career opportunities to youth
across the country. He will also represent the FAA's Aviation and
Space Education Division at aviation events throughout 2005.
"Our effort to get kids to understand that aviation is a great
career needs a good spokesman, and I can't think of anybody
… that would have better characteristics or personal ability
to put that over," said Blakey.
While he was at FAA Headquarters for the signing ceremony, Larkins
addressed 1,000 students from multiple schools in the Washington,
D.C., metro area who were there to "shadow" FAA employees to learn
about the work they do. He also talked with some of the students in
a smaller group setting.
Larkins is the national spokesman for the Experimental Aircraft
Association's Vision of Eagles Program and for Careers in Aviation
Inc., an initiative that inspires American youth to achieve their
dreams in the aviation industry.
In 2004, Careers in Aviation Inc. and Embry-Riddle sponsored
Larkins' DreamLaunch Tour, in which he barnstormed across the
nation in a Cirrus SR20 to talk with middle-school and high-school
students in 34 major cities about job opportunities in aviation.
Interested students were put in touch with a Careers in Aviation
representative or an EAA Young Eagles coordinator in their area.
The tour will resume in fall 2005.
The DreamLaunch Tour gained Larkins a television appearance on
"The Late Show with David Letterman" on May 20, 2004, and he was
featured in the Oct. 31, 2004, issue of Parade magazine.
Larkins started flying at the age of 12. Two years later, the
Augusta, GA, native became one of the youngest certified pilots in
the United States when he soloed a powered aircraft in Canada. He
completed his US solo shortly after his 16th birthday in a Cirrus
SR20. He currently flies a high-performance Christen Eagle II
aerobatic aircraft on the airshow circuit.