At her regular press conference following the City Council meeting on October 24, Mayor Annise Parker announced the expansion of the Houston Airport System Aviation Club to two high schools, Sterling and Carnegie Vanguard.
The purpose of the Aviation Club is to provide practical experience and guidance to area high school students with an interest in the aerospace industry. The program will include visits to airports and conferences with aerospace professionals including airline pilots, mechanics, administrators, and astronauts.
The Club was planned by Houston Airport System director Mario Diaz. His vision is to develop “intellectual capital” for the aerospace industry in the Houston. Each meeting of the club will include three components: (1) teaching members about the aerospace industry, (2) providing an opportunity to share “total immersion” experiences in the industry, and (3) mentoring students as they prepare for their careers while facing other challenges that might arise.
The club will be open to all students in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.5, good attendance, and certain other criteria. The first meeting will be this Friday as club members attend the Houston Air Show at Ellington Airport featuring the Navy's famed Blue Angels.