Aviation students visit JFK Airport

Art McFarland reports from JFK airport
December 23, 2013 3:42:45 PM PST
Students in aviation programs at York College and Aviation High School had a day at Kennedy Airport, courtesy of the JetBlue Foundation. The foundation has also contributed a total of $75,000 to their schools and an out of state program.

They were not preparing for takeoff, but the inside of a jetliner seemed the perfect classroom for a lesson on the aviation business.

One high school aviation student, Isaiah Peay, expressed how great this opportunity was.

"It really opens up opportunities to go into a career I would love to do," said Peay.

Joanna Geraghty, a member of the JetBlue Foundation, explains their mission.

"The mission of the JetBlue Foundation is to support aviation-related STEM programs in educational institutions across the United States. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math."

Students got to sit in the cockpit and a visit to the JetBlue Operations Center. Maritza Tenezaca, an Aviation student, is already interning as a mechanic.

"I know how an engine is working, I know what's going on and what's not," said Tenezaca.

Maritza's role model is JetBlue mechanic, Theresa Parks.

"I've always had a fascination with airplanes, so it's rewarding for me in a sense because it's just a great opportunity," Park said.

The control tower gave them a good lesson in what it takes to keep the planes and the people moving safety.

The non-profit JetBlue Foundation has more in mind than just supporting education. It hopes to help fill the shortage nationwide of aviation workers.

For some students, this day was simply a gift.