Arlington, Texas – FLYBY DFW, a mobile app dedicated to teaching all ages key aspects of aviation/aerospace while virtually flying the world's most sophisticated aircraft, is available as a free download through a government and business partnership led by DFW Regional Aerospace Consortium and North Central Texas Council of Governments.
"Aviation is one of the leading economic drivers in North Texas, providing an impact to the region exceeding $40 billion," said Tom Harris, president of Alliance Air/Aviation Services, and chairman of the DFW Regional Aerospace Consortium. "FLYBY DFW" seeks to generate interest in aerospace and aviation careers for elementary, middle and high school students in an effort to build the local talent pipeline for future employment opportunities."
The North Central Texas Council of Governments partnered with the DFW Regional Aerospace Consortium, a Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County initiative, local aerospace companies, such as Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, ELBIT, and others, and the University of Texas at Arlington to develop FLYBY DFW. Game participants can pilot aircraft such as Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II, Bell Helicopter's V-280 and Airbus Helicopters' H155 and EC255 through varying levels that test maneuvering abilities and industry knowledge. Operating in virtual re-creations of Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the Dallas-Fort Worth city-scape and Corpus Christi waterfront, gamers amass points by collecting coins, completing airdrops, dodging other aircraft – and not crashing. Bonus points are collected at the end of each level by correctly answering aviation trivia questions.
"As Dallas-Fort Worth leads much of the nation in aviation and aerospace, it is of paramount importance that we recruit and prepare additional aerospace professionals and skilled laborers to support our industry's continued success. Concurrently, we also need to educate young people and their families on the rewarding and high paying careers available to them in aviation and aerospace," said Harris.
The industry will require approximately 617,000 new commercial airline pilots nationally over the next 20 years, according to aircraft manufacturer Boeing. Technicians will be in even higher demand. Boeing projects that 679,000 new maintenance technicians will be required by 2035 industry-wide. In North Texas, Lockheed Martin has a need for 1,800 aircraft technicians on its F-35 production line alone by 2020.
Tapping into the interest and everyday skills of the next generation's work force, gaming is an effective way to inspire and engage the pilots and aerospace technicians of tomorrow. National research shows that 91 percent of children ages 2-17 spend time gaming on a variety of devices. By embracing gaming, the industry has found a new way to reach future aviators and aviation professionals.
With three major commercial airports, a large military installation and aviation and aerospace companies with significant operations in the region, opportunities abound for the next generation of North Texans to become involved in the industry.
The game is available for Apple and Android devices by searching "FLYBY DFW" in the Apple App Store, or "FLYBY DFW" via Google Play.
For additional information on pursuing aviation opportunities in Dallas-Fort Worth, visit www.nctaviationcareers.com
. In addition to careers in aviation, the site provides information on educational programs in the area and available grants and scholarships.
About the DFW Regional Aerospace Consortium:
The DFW Regional Aerospace Consortium was formed in 2003 as a result of both a targeted analysis of industry trends and an employer-driven collaboration to address the issues of an aging workforce and the lack of youth migrating to careers in science and math. Since the beginning, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin and Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division have led the Aerospace Consortium. The companies have been instrumental in the creation of the "Gotta Jet?" career awareness program for students and their parents as well as the development of a common entry-level training program for future employees. With the support of the Arlington and Fort Worth Chambers, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center and Hillwood Properties, the Consortium continues to make important contributions to the North Texas region. As one of the key industries for the region, aerospace manufacturing employs workers in over 75 companies, and promotion and training programs developed pipeline of future employees for years to come.
About the Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County:
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County is one of 28 local Workforce Boards in Texas. Our primary goal is to meet the needs of employers and job seekers through locally designed, market driven Workforce Development initiatives and services. Funded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and overseen locally by a 29-member Workforce Development Board (WDB) made up of business and community leaders chaired by, Keith Muskrat of Talon Industries. The WDB works in partnership with the Workforce Governing Board (WGB), which is composed of Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and chaired by Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. Working together, the WDB and WGB oversee over $65 million dollars in employment and training dollars in Tarrant County. More information about our workforce centers and the services we offer throughout Tarrant County can be found on our website: www.workforcesolutions.net
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including 16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts. For more information on theNCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.
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