July 31, 2009

Pilot visits NYC schools

When he’s not jetting, E190 First Officer Ophneal Kellman has been busy lately teaching the next generation of New York City’s potential aviators all about the airline industry. When Brooklyn’s P.S. 159 held a career day, FO Kellman happily volunteered to teach the kids about JetBlue and the industry. The audience had lots of questions for the first officer, who shared his wisdom as well as bags of Blue Chips.

FO Kellman with 5th graders at The Carol and Frank Biondi Education Center

FO Kellman with 5th graders at The Carol and Frank Biondi Education Center

Then on July 20, FO Kellman headed back into the classroom to talk to the Kindergarten – 6th grade students of The Carol and Frank Biondi Education Center — a special needs school in The Bronx that is in the middle of its aviation-themed summer curriculum. FO Kellman held the kids’ attention for well over an hour, sharing fun lessons and stories while answering questions about aircraft and historical figures in aviation.

The children and staff at both schools were impressed with FO Neal’s knack for sharing what makes aviation such a fascinating topic. It’s no stretch to think he may have inspired at least one of the children to become a JetBlue pilot down the line!

As two guidance counselors from P.S. 159 said in their thank you letter, Neal’s “presence, the information and experiences that he shared with our students will, in some way, influence every youngster. … Thank you again for the very interesting, informative and well-planned presentation.”

FO Neal answering questions at The Carol and Frank Biondi Education Center

FO Neal answering questions at The Carol and Frank Biondi Education Center

FO Kellman at P.S. 159

FO Kellman at P.S. 159

FO Kellman at P.S. 159

FO Kellman at P.S. 159

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