Isiah Cooper, Compton Scholar Takes Flight On Record-Breaking Journey Around the U.S.
Rapper The Game Helped Finance Isaiah’s Trip
Isaiah,who is a 10th-grader in CUSD’s Thurgood Marshall Independent Study home-schooling program. Took flight from Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) at the Compton/Woodley Airport, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. On his way to becoming the youngest African-American to fly an airplane around the continental United States. “If I’m successful I want to break Matt Guthmiller and Barrington Irving’s records to be the youngest to fly around the world. When I turn 18,” he said. ”I live a block away from the Compton Airport and I grew up loving airplanes as a child. This is what I always wanted to do.”
Isaiah Cooper, U.S. excursion Isaiah Cooper is flying an AA-5 Grummin Cheetah. Co-pilot and TAM flight instructor Roger Azad, who will supervise the trip to make sure flight safety, is accompanying him. The more than 8,000 miles round-trip journey includes stops in Chicago; Portland, Maine; New York; and Dallas.
Isaiah Cooper Has Been Mentored By Robin Petgrave,
founder and Executive Director of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum! Isaiah said Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum’s Founder and Executive Director Robin Petgrave is also instrumental to his current success. “Career wise I want to be just like Robin. I want to be a private helicopter pilot and help him run his Celebrity Helicopters business,” he said.
TAM’s Robin Petgrave said Compton success stories like Isaiah’s will continue to happen due to his partnership with Compton Unified. “Compton Unified School District has been absolutely amazing. They’ve supported us so kids in Compton have access to TAM, which is the greatest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) lab,” he said.
“I’m also representing Compton for what it really is; a good place.” Isaiah Cooper