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North Texas Aviation Education Outreach

Russell Maryland Aviation Education Outreach

To help support, coordinate, and establish an integrated and comprehensive aviation education system in North Texas, NCTCOG has teamed up with 3X Super Bowl Champion and former Dallas Cowboy, Russell Maryland to promote aviation as a viable career choice at local junior high and high school events.   Outreach events, facilitated by NCTCOG Staff, include hands-on flight simulator training and a Russell Maryland presentation that emphasizes the value of hard work and the importance of studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

CAE Simuflite Event, March 23, 2013
High school students who attended one of approximately 15 aviation outreach events in the last year and submitted an essay on why an aviation and aerospace career is of interest, were eligible for the CAE event with Maryland and aviation professionals. On March 23, students selected through the essay competition had the opportunity to fly a full-motion aircraft simulator at CAE Simuflite, the largest corporate aviation training center in the world, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

CAE provides civil aviation, military, and helicopter training services in more than 45 locations worldwide and trains approximately 100,000 crew members annually.

CAE Flight Simulators Essay winners at CAE Simuflite event.

Maryland, who is a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys and two-time National Champion with the University of Miami, is committed to impressing upon youth the value of education. He teamed up with aviation staff at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to visit area schools and bring flight simulators to excite and educate students about careers in aviation.

Russell's Challenge to Students

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  • Commit to studying STEM+M courses - Aviation relies heavily on skills learned in Math and Science

  • Get involved
        Consider aviation internships
        Visit local airports
        Attend summer aviation camps

  • Talk with parents about aviation careers

  • Get with advisors about scholarships

Russell Maryland signing autographs

Russell signs autographs at the DFW Career Expo.
December 2011

  Denton Ryan Students


Russell Maryland and NCTCOG staff unveiled a flight simulator and software package for use by the Irving ISD’s Career and Technical Education Department.  January 2012    

After Russell's "Challenge to Students" presentation, Denton Ryan High School students line up for autographs and photo opportunites.  June 2012


From December 2011 through December 2012, over 6,000 students participated in Russell Maryland Aviation Education
Outreach events.

Outreach Events and Partners

  Students Impacted

  Federal Aviation Administration, 2011 DFW Airport Career Expo 4,000
  Irving ISD Signature Program 800
  Denton Ryan High School, UNT – Denton TRiO, Aviation Logistics  
  Programs and Admission Office 
  DCCCD TRiO Programs, Frontiers of Flight Museum  75
  Weatherford College, Tarleton State TRiO Programs  50
  McKinney ISD, Collin County Student Aviation Initiative   160+ 
  UNT – Denton TRiO and Aviation Logistics Programs, Denton ISD
  LaGrone  Technology Complex 
  TCC TRiO and Aviation Program  150+ 
  UT Arlington TRiO, College 2 Careers Conference 50
  Dallas ISD AVID, Mountain View College Aviation 160
  Fort Worth Boys and Girls Club, TCC Aviation  85
  Fort Worth ISD Program of Choice, Bell Helicopter, TCC Aviation  30
  DFW 2012 Airport Career Expo 250
6,000 +

The new Aviation Careers Website showcases Aviation and Aerospace in North
Central Texas and helps connect students with aviation programs and schools.

                  North Central Texas Aviation Careers Website

Aviation Resource Links
Aviation Weather  l  Federal Aviation Administration  l  Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division



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