DiscoverU gives budding Tukwila aviation students a chance to learn about the Airport

Two Foster High School students sit in the cockpit of a twin-engine, four-seater Diamond 42 aircraft as they listen to a representative from Galvin Flying.Even to our neighbors, it might seem as if the Airport is a world away.

That’s why our second DiscoverU event – which allowed students to discover and explore college and career opportunities – was such a special experience.

This week, we got to host about 30 high school sophomores from Foster High School in Tukwila, all of whom are interested in a career in aviation.

Students from Foster High School in Tukwila listen to members of King County International Airport/Boeing Field's engineering team sa part of DiscoverU.

Much like our first DiscoverU student event last year, visitors got an overview of the different jobs necessary to keep the airport functioning on a 24/7 basis. The day started with opening remarks from Deputy Airport Director Mike Colmant. Then each student received a “passport” in which they could visit one of six stations, ask a question and get stamped to receive a gift bag.

Students from Foster High School in Tukwila inspect vehicles from King County International Airport/Boeing Field's Airport Rescue & Firefighting unit (ARFF) on the tarmac. The visit was part of DiscoverU.

The students heard directly from Boeing Field staff about:

  • Building Information Modeling
  • Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF)
  • Engineering and Maintenance
  • Operations and Security
  • Finance & Administrative Services

Students from Fostrer High School in Tukwila listen to King County International Airport/Boeing Field staff as part of DiscoverU on April 17, 2018.

We also teamed with one of our tenants, Galvin Flying, which provided students with information about its program. If that wasn’t enough, Galvin offered a twin-engine, four-seater Diamond 42 on display and allowed students to actually sit in the cockpit!

Students from Fostrer High School in Tukwila sit in the cockpit of a Diamond 42 aircraft while listening to a representative from Galvin Flying as part of DiscoverU on April 17, 2018.

This marked another unforgettable DiscoverU event organized by Program Manager Tricia Diamond. We can’t wait to welcome the next batch of young minds who will make up our industry.Deputy Airport Director Mike Colmant speaks to students from Foster High School in Tukwila as part of DiscoverU on April 17, 2018.

Students from Fostrer High School in Tukwila listen to King County International Airport/Boeing Field staff as part of DiscoverU on April 17, 2018.