Island Air recently launched its 2016 Explorers Program with an opening orientation event drawing students from high schools and colleges throughout Oahu. Only 15 applicants will be accepted into the program, which offers a unique opportunity for young people to learn about jobs in the aviation industry.
Since Explorers was founded, 106 students have completed the 10-week course, and many have returned to the airline for internships and full-time jobs. The program became an official Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post in 2009. This year, it will offer students the same training in cockpit procedures that Island Air pilots receive. Students will look at visual displays of aircraft taxi, takeoff, landing, and approaches as they happen. The group will also practice reviewing checklists during different phases of flight operations.
The program is designed to expose youth between 14 and 20 years of age to careers in aviation, including airport operations and management, aircraft mechanics, and in-flight service. Weekly sessions will include visits from organizations such as Air Traffic Control, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Transportation Security Administration.