Airport Authority Hosts Annual Ready For Takeoff Student Mentoring Day

Published on : Monday, June 20, 2016

Pittsburgh International AirportAllegheny County Airport in West Mifflin will host students participating in the Airport Authority’s ‘Ready for Takeoff Program’ on Monday, June 13, as part of a regional corporate equity and inclusion initiative.


This year three ninth grade students from Westinghouse High School will be able to take a “Discovery Flight” with Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and experience the operating procedures of a general aviation airport first-hand. The students began the program last year and served as mentors to eighth grade students enrolled during the 2015-16 school year.


The mentor day will include a flight with an instructor in a single engine propeller plane, and the opportunity to speak with officials representing the following areas: pilots, EMS personnel, mechanics, control tower employees and ground support/airfield employees.


Media may cover the event throughout the day.


Schedule of Events

8:45 a.m.          Arrival of Students to Main Terminal Conference Room

8:45-9:30          Introductions and Breakfast

9:30-10:30        STAT MedEvac Tour of Hangar and Helicopter, Intro to Aviation Careers

10:30-11:30       Tour of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Intro to School and Career Paths

11:30-12:45       Airplane Rides sponsored by PIA; Tours of AGC

12:45-1:45        Lunch and Wrap-Up Discussion in Terminal Conference Room



“Since the inception of the Corporate Equity & Inclusion Roundtable, I have been proud to be a supporter of the discussion as well as the resulting initiative that focuses on the recruitment and retention of minorities in our workforce, as well as how to support and advance those minorities who are currently in our workforce,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “I commend the Airport Authority for not only engaging in this discussion, but embracing the challenge and making their efforts to provide opportunities for minorities within their organization so robust.”



Through Ready for Takeoff, the Airport Authority educates eighth grade students on the numerous career opportunities at the airport. The students also follow a curriculum surrounding the program throughout the year, beginning with an open house event in which they are introduced to airport professionals.


“We are more than happy to continue the successful Ready for Takeoff Program in order to provide an opportunity to educate students about career opportunities in the aviation industry,” Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said. “This event at Allegheny County Airport will be a wonderful experience for students, as they will have the chance to take actual flights and gain a better understanding of airport operations. The Ready for Takeoff program is emblematic of our community engagement at ACAA.”


The Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable (CEIR) initiative develops strategies for recruiting, promoting and retaining minorities through its involvement with local businesses, including the Airport Authority. The initiative was organized by the Black Political Empowerment Project, with support from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Allegheny County. The effort has included community and business leaders throughout Western Pennsylvania.



On June 20, the annual CEIR gathering at Duquesne University will take place, allowing the Airport Authority to discuss success stories from Ready for Takeoff with regional leaders.


Source:- Allegheny County Airport Authority

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