Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Junior Lauren Martin demonstrates the new flight simulator, which was purchased and donated to Åirline High School by Metro Aviation.

Metro Aviation has partnered with the Airline High JROTC aviation program to assist students in getting their wings and helping their professional careers take flight.

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

Impressed with Airline’s one-of-a-kind high school aviation program in Louisiana, Metro Aviation has purchased a flight simulator for hands-on instruction at the school and will offer paid internship opportunities this summer to a handful of students.

This type of paid internship can lead to a lifetime career in the aviation industry and is an opportunity that college students would love to have,” said Major Greg Kimbrough, instructor of Airline’s ground school.

Junior Lauren Martin is just one of the students utilizing this opportunity. She has seen progress and growth in her own abilities since her first simulated flight.

It was very different at first. It’s much different seeing it virtually,” Martin said. “I got used to it though. The biggest advantage is I’ll know what to expect when I get into a cockpit.”

That’s exactly what Milton Geltz, Metro Aviation Managing Director, wants to happen.

We strive to find local talent and teach them the ropes. We hope this partnership with Airline High School will help us cultivate young talent and introduce students to the endless possibilities available to them in their own backyard,” Geltz said.

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

Airline’s aviation program has received interest from all over the state and country. Families from out of state have shown interest in moving to Bossier specifically for their children to pursue aviation studies at Airline, then enroll after graduation in the Louisiana Tech Professional Aviation program.

I have had students at LSU in Baton Rouge call and ask if they could get into the Airline High School program. It is garnering national attention as well,” Kimbrough said.

It was a year ago that Airline announced a partnership with Louisiana Tech for dual enrollment, enabling high school aviation students to receive college credit. Since then, the program has really taken flight, putting Bossier Parish and Airline High School ahead in the field of aviation.

Jason Rowland, Principal at Airline High School, said his school will continue to develop programs and opportunities that will give students these kinds of opportunities.

We are going to take advantage of every chance we get to offer cutting edge programs that are demanded in today’s workforce,” Rowland said.