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Old 04-05-2018, 01:07 PM
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Thumbs up Eagle's Nest Projects - SWA rolls out the Red-Carpet for Montgomery HS (TX) students

Wednesday - March 28, 2018
Southwest Airlines rolls out the Red-Carpet
for Montgomery High School (TX) ENP Students

Montgomery high school PLTW Aerospace Engineering students are building a real airplane at their school, a 2-place Van’s Aircraft RV-12, under a program developed and sponsored by Eagle’s Nest Projects. ABC Channel 13 News recently visited the school’s airplane build project (video) and in a surprise ending to their interview, announced they contacted Southwest Airlines and that SWA agreed to provide the ENP/Montgomery build-students a Red-Carpet tour of their facilities at Hobby airport together with intern opportunities.

SWA Red-Carpet day – students were welcomed by Liliana Rambo, GM Wm. P Hobby Airport, Rhonda Arnold, COH Chief Community Relations Officer, Vic Zachary, SWA Ground Ops, and David Mitchell, SWA Tech Ops Maintenance. Ms. Rambo spoke about her education/career journey and TSA agents provided an action demonstration of their trained dogs. The group was then introduced to SWA’s education and outreach teams, the outstanding folks that planned the entire day. Before breaking into groups for the facilities tour, the education and outreach team provided insightful information about SWA careers and internships.

The “behind the scenes” facility tour included the turn/baggage area and a walk on the ramp following the baggage all the way to the aircraft, an inside view and detailed explanation of gate ops, and a grand tour of the “Command Center”. The group was then escorted to the maintenance facility where they received a warm welcome from everyone there. The maintenance team is amazing; they shared knowledge about the physics of flight, described in detail what they do in the hangar, provided an up close view and description of a 737 landing gear, belly, baggage area, and engines. They also opened a 737 so the students could get an intimate inside look – and they even fired up the avionics!

And not to be overlooked, the SWA team also provided an outstanding lunch for everyone and the creature comforts were second to none! Glen Salmon coined a phrase for Eagle’s Nest Projects that could also be shared by SWA; “Mentors build the Student… Students build the Airplane”. The kindness and generosity of SWA is overwhelming and their commitment to mentoring youth will no doubt pay big dividends in the future of these young men and women and the future of our country.

Acknowledgment / Montgomery HS Mentor Team-
Jennifer Duffer, PLTW Aerospace Teacher, Joe Waltz, Project Director, Don Colchin, Brent Crabe, Jimmy Crawford, Gerry Farek, Denny Irvine, Chuck Lekron, Jim Pohoski, Sam Ward, and Clay Watters
R. E. "Ernie" Butcher
Friends of the RV-1/Eagle's Nest Projects
"Mentors build the student...
Students build the airplane." -Glen Salmon

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Old 04-06-2018, 06:43 AM
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Super cool video. Can't wait to see the purple Eagle's Nest plane at Sun N Fun. Great job from the Wisconsin Eagle's Nest Project.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:26 AM
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This is such great stuff, Ernie, you and everyone involved are truly making a difference in these young folks lives, you should be very proud !!!
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:17 AM
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Thanks for the great write-up. This has been an incredible journey. This is our first year but definitely not the last. Looking forward to the new RV-12iS next year.
We've seen 48 students develop from individual classmates who didn't know an empennage from a fuselage into a team of seasoned aircraft builders who are looking forward to the first flight of their creation this May.
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