Students Take Introductory Aviation Course at Ontario International Airport – Daily Report

Sixteen students from AB Miller High School in Fontana received certificates of completion Dec. 18, 2021 at Ontario International Airport after completing Shades of Blue, a 10-week training course designed to inspire careers in commercial airline pilots. (Courtesy of Fontana Unified School District)

Taking their first steps towards a career in aviation, 16 students from AB Miller High School in Fontana recently completed a 10-week training course designed to inspire careers as commercial airline pilots.

Shades of Blue, a free course offered on Saturdays at Ontario International Airport, gives students access to pilots, engineers, mechanics, air traffic controllers and other aerospace professionals who guide you through the basics of aviation and pilot training. A completion ceremony was held on December 18 at the airport.

“Shades of Blue provides a unique opportunity for AB Miller students to work with experienced pilots and industry professionals,” AB Miller High School Vice Principal Tim Yelin said in a press release. “Students make connections that will help them if they want to continue on a commercial flight. »

Shades of Blue, with six chapters across the United States, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring and providing internships for young people who want to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and educate the future workforce in aviation and aerospace. Sciences.

Shades of Blue and its companion aerospace program, the Barboza Space Center, which focuses on preparing students to become astronauts, are the latest additions to AB Miller’s technical aviation training path. Saturday-only classes allow students to learn directly from aerospace professionals. Both courses are taught at the Ontario International Airport.

Among the aerospace professionals mentoring the students is Shades of Blue California Chapter President Tony Marshall, a decorated former Air Force fighter pilot and retired United Airlines commercial pilot.

AB Miller’s aeronautical course, now in its third year, includes a pilot training class, an aircraft mechanics class and a flight simulation lab with five large simulators, two of which are motion simulators, and 14 small simulators. At the end of the two-year course, students will take the Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot Certificate written exam.

The AB Miller students who received certificates of completion were senior Eduardo Gonzalez; juniors Nathan Aguilar, Juan Bustos Romero and Phillip Garcia; sophomores Christian Avila, Henry Castillo, Frank Gutierrez, Ryan Palacio and Arturo Garcia; and freshmen Camila Alverez, Daniela Gonzalez, Carlos Ruedas, Erick Sanchez, Joshua Vazquez, Luis Viramontes and Cruz Valenzuela.

Access to the Shades of Blue program is provided through a California Community College Strong Workforce Grant, which is shared by Fontana Unified School District and Chaffey Joint Union High School District, in conjunction with Airport International of Ontario.

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