ALPA visits Saint Louis University’s Parks College campus every semester with a group of pilot volunteers who speak with the students in the classrooms as well as a forum setting for an evening event with food for the students. In addition, we currently have a mentor program that pairs ALPA volunteers with Parks College students. The students have also participated in aviation industry field trips such as touring the FedEx facilities in Memphis, United Airline’s Network Operations Center (NOC) in Willis Tower, and United Flight Operations at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).
The tour of the FedEx facilities in Memphis included presentations from active line pilots, FedEx management, and representatives of the Training, Maintenance, and Scheduling departments. Students also had an inside look at the crew facilities, maintenance hangar, and dispatch’s Global Operations Control. The highlight of the tour, however, was when the students were given the opportunity to fly the A300 and B767 simulators.
In addition, students toured United Airlines’ NOC and ORD operations in March. They experienced the NOC in action and learned about the various airline departments needed to deliver safe air travel to customers. At ORD, students explored the baggage sorting facility as well as United’s pilot crew room and Station Operations Center. Students also toured the ramp tower, which provided a stunning 360-degree bird’s eye view of Terminal 1 in action during one of the busiest banks. The highlight of this tour was visiting Boeing 777 and 767 aircraft being prepped for departure.
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