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Pilots and Teachers

“Coming into the classroom the way that Southwest does shows students that there is more to running a company than flying a plane. Students see how many people throughout the corporation play important roles contributing to the overall operation.”

—Adopt-A-Pilot Teacher

“It’s rewarding to inspire students to broaden their horizons, so they can set goals and achieve dreams. Many of these kids have never been to an airport or flown on a plane, so this gives them a chance to see all the action, first hand.”

—First Officer Ken A.
Kenosha, WI

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Welcome to Adopt-A-Pilot

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At Southwest Airlines, we’re committed to bringing America’s future leaders unique learning opportunities by committing our resources and time to inspire students and help them define, articulate, and plan for future success.

Our award winning Adopt-A-Pilot program was introduced in 1997 as a supplementary way to educate students through aviation-themed activities related to Science, Geography, Math, Writing, and other core subjects.

From February through May of each year, students in more than 1,500 classrooms across the country will “adopt” Southwest Airlines Pilots, giving our passionate aviators opportunities to mentor students in and around the fifth grade level. As part of the Adopt-A-Pilot program, students will also research careers and further develop life skills, while the importance of staying in school is reinforced. Southwest Airlines is pleased to offer these opportunities at no cost to the participating schools.