Jump Start Summers program takes off at Reserve Airport – L’Observateur

LAPLACE — Students in the Jump Start Summers program took their knowledge of GIS from the classroom to the sky during an interactive field trip last Friday at the Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport on the reservation. .

The pilots guided the students through a pre-flight briefing and gave them the unforgettable experience of getting behind the wheel.

Calvin N. Emery of Baton Rouge, a professional musician and pastor for more than 30 years, discovered a passion for aviation after his children graduated from college. Today, Emery uses his plane to visit his children across the country.

Emery also gives back to the community by introducing young people to aviation. Last Friday, he presented local students with a Cessna 172, the most mass-produced aircraft in aviation history.

“I think it’s a vital area. Often we don’t do something because we are afraid or we don’t know. When we have acquaintances, it makes them less fearful,” Emery said. “I especially enjoy reaching low-income people, as they often don’t have the opportunity to be introduced to aviation. Aviation is an open road. Many pilots are retiring. If you are presenting a child or young person, the exhibition creates a spark and opens up a field of possibilities.

Pilots Cedric Grimes, Quentin Wilson and Paul “Hilton” Green also spent time educating students last week, along with airport manager Charles Palmer and GIS instructors Vibryun Epuri and Sara Pellerin.

Hilton Green and her son, Tristan, both East St. John alumni, visited students in class before the field trip. Hilton Green explained to young people how the choices they make today will shape their future.

Tristan Green has opened up about how he fell in love with flying when he was 3 years old. While other teenagers participated in typical high school activities, Tristan attended flight school and pursued his dream of becoming a pilot before he turned 21.

Father and son talked about starting a new tradition of flying over Joe Keller Stadium during the alumni football game. With quality educational programs currently in place, they are confident that future pilots will come out of East St. John to carry on the tradition.

Instructor Beverly Reed said students were asking questions about the many facets of flying. Through the Jump Start Summers program and a drone certification course offered in East St. John, students gain the foundation they need to transition into a career in aviation.

“They learned the altitude these planes actually fly at, the parts of the plane, and what’s involved in a pre-flight check,” Reed said. “When they are trained to be certified to operate drones, they are trained like a real pilot. It’s almost the same test.

Student John Cowart wants to learn more about aviation to pursue his dream career in welding. Through the course, he learned about cloud types, altitude, density, and air classifications.

“I want to be a welder, and if I know how to fly, I can work out of state more and get to places faster,” Cowart said. “Mapping with drones can also help you build structures. Especially when entering the industry, I can use drones to map and start building for myself. If you’re buying acres of land, it helps you see what you’re working with and how the land is leveled.

Devin Meyer, an instructor for the East St. John’s welding program offered at the ABC campus in St. Rose, said the industry is increasingly using drones to avoid sending men and women into situations dangerous.

“The industry is starting to move away from sending a man to a tower. Sending drones is much easier and much cleaner,” Meyer said.

Jaylen Reese, a student in the Jump Start Summers program, said lessons in aviation are linked to opportunities with GIS and industry.

With plans to become a plant operator, Reese explained that maps are needed to determine the location of petrochemical equipment.

“In our class, we learn to build maps. When the pilots take us up in the air, we can look up at the trees and get that aerial view. I think GIS is cool because I always wondered how maps were made. When you’re in the air, you can send that data to others so they can create a map,” Reese said.

Ryan H. Bowman