BEND, Ore., Feb. 1, 2006 -- When 22-year-old Barrington
Irving decided to become the youngest man - and the first
African-American - to fly solo around the world, he wanted
his plane to be equipped with safety products from Precise
Flight, Inc. (http://www.preciseflight.com). The Bend-based
manufacturer really came through.
When Irving picks up his custom-made Columbia 400 from
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation's world
headquarters in Bend (http://www.flycolumbia.com) on Feb.
6th, 2006, the ultra high performance plane will be sporting
a pair of Precise Flight SpeedBrakes(TM), a built-in Nelson
Oxygen System, Flap Controls, Trim Controls, Annunciator and
Backlit Panels sponsored on the aircraft by Precise Flight.
A Precise Flight Pulselite(R) System is scheduled to be
installed closer to Irving's May 4, 2006 flight launch from
Miami's Opa-Locka Airport (KOPF).
Irving, who is founder and president of the nonprofit
organization Experience Aviation
(http://www.experienceaviation.org), will embark on an east
to west flight path and return to Opa-Locka on June 2, 2006.
The trip, dubbed the Experience Aviation World Tour, will
require 21 refueling stops and 91 hours of flight time over
30 days. It will be an intense period of flying, but Irving
is doing it to show America's underprivileged youth they can
achieve their dreams.
"The Experience Aviation World Tour will demonstrate to
underprivileged and uninformed youth that they, too, have
the potential for successful careers in the aerospace and
aviation industries," Irving explained. "I hope young people
from all walks of life will look at me and realize that if I
can do it, so can they."
Precise Flight has chosen Bend photographer Dustin Mitsch,
owner of Alpen Exposure (http://www.alpenexposure.com), to
photograph all events associated with the company's
sponsorship of the Experience Aviation World Tour. It is a
service Mitsch says he is excited to provide.
"The extent to which Barrington Irving is using his passion
and his talent to motivate the next generation of aviators
is inspiring," Mitsch stated. "I have been working with
Precise Flight since last summer, and when they asked me to
become involved with this project, I was immediately
intrigued. I look forward to following Mr. Irving's career
far into the future."
About Precise Flight, Inc.
Precise Flight, Inc., based at the Bend Airport in Bend,
Oregon, is a dynamic and progressive manufacturing firm with
a proven 25-year track record as market pioneers in aviation
safety and performance products for experimental, general
aviation, corporate, commercial and transport category
aircraft. The company's flagship product, the Pulselite(R)
System, is the most broadly certified early recognition
system on the market. To learn more, visit
Precise Flight, Inc.