Davis a&M Partners With United Airlines

Seniors Sydney Flowers and Jesus Sierra sit in the cockpit during the United announcement.
Staff Report

There aren’t a lot of pilots who are minorities, but a collaboration between Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School and United Airlines is working to change that.

Davis A&M already provided students with an opportunity to graduate with their pilot’s license. The collaboration with Davis and Phastar, a Davis A&M founder, will allow even more. United will provide students internships and flight training. The announcement was made in October.

“United’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion extends beyond the boundaries of our airline, and into the communities we proudly serve,” said Phil Griffith, United’s vice president of technical operations and supply chain. “This partnership with Davis A&M will enhance the student curriculum, enrich our current workforce in ways we can’t even imagine, and offer a pathway for the next generation of aircraft technicians and pilots.”

Internships will be provided for about 30 students each school year. Students will learn the technical aspects of aircraft maintenance and engineering. United also will provide flight training for more than 10 students.

Additionally, students will go on field trips to United’s hangar at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for additional exposure to various career opportunities.

Captain Drew Ferguson, PHASTAR president, envisioned this type of collaboration for Davis.

“We have worked for more than a decade to create a high school that has real world links to the excitement and opportunity of the Aerospace and Maritime industries,” said Captain Ferguson. “United’s investment and support in our vision, our staff and our kids is confirmation that we have charted the right course.”

Note: Information obtained from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s press release to write article.
United Partners With Davis A&M

Students Get Hands-On Training

Seniors Damone Landres and Demeiko Williams work on the official school training aircraft with Captain Mike at Geauga County Airport.