From the ripe age of 12 when Jamail Larkins stepped inside an airplane and co-piloted his first flight with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program, he was hooked for life.
Falling in love at first flight, Jamail decided he would do whatever it took to continue flying, including petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to let him fly solo at the age of 13. He didn't get the answer he was looking for, so he headed to Canada where the age requirement was only 14. It was there he became one of the youngest American pilots to solo a powered aircraft in Canada.
A few years later at the age of 16, Jamail became the National Spokesman of the EAA Vision of Eagles Program, a youth education initiative of the EAA Aviation Foundation. In this role, Jamail was able to use his passion to promote the career possibilities available to aviation enthusiasts, young and old alike.
With this newfound status and exposure, Jamail was afforded many unique opportunities, including becoming the first and youngest student pilot to solo the Cirrus SR20, a revolutionary certified single-engine aircraft with a built-in parachute. Since Jamail's solo, the Cirrus line of aircraft has become the World's Best Selling Single Engine Aircraft.
Spreading his wings, Jamail branched out into aerobatic flying at the age of 18. Loving the creativity and freedom it allowed him, he became one of the youngest air show aerobatic performers in the U.S.
Jamail realized quickly in order to fund his passion for flight; he needed a plan to make more money than the average teenager. To do so, at the age of 15, he founded his first company - Larkins Enterprises, Inc., an aviation sales & advertising company. Since its first inception, Jamail has transformed Larkins Enterprises into two successful business units, an aircraft sales & leasing company and an aviation consulting firm. Over the years, Jamail's business accomplishments have earned him accolades from the leaders in business media, including a ranking as one of the top entrepreneurs by CNBC, BusinessWeek, Black Enterprise, and as the #1 Entrepreneur under the age of 30 by Inc. Magazine.
In 2002, Jamail became the National Spokesman for Careers in Aviation, a non-profit organization that promotes and provides aviation opportunities to young people. Because of his passion for flying, ability to connect with youth and his role with Careers in Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), the top aviation school in the country, recruited Jamail to bring attention to the exciting yet declining industry of aviation. Together they founded the DreamLaunch Tour, a national tour designed to educated students about career opportunities in the aviation industry and to motivate students to reach for their dreams.
Jamail's profile was building, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took notice. By Fall 2004, the FAA signed Jamail as the first official Ambassador for Aviation and Space Education.
Through his work with the FAA, ERAU and numerous other organizations, Jamail has had the opportunity to give speeches beside notables like Chuck Yeager, Gene Cernan, and Cliff Robertson. He has flown with the Navy's prestigious Blue Angels, is featured in the renowned Franklin Institute, and has received a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Congress.
Today, Jamail serves on the board of several large aviation non-profit organizations. In addition to his industry commitments, Jamail continues to lead his primary company, Ascension Aviation. Under Jamail's leadership Ascension is rapidly becoming one of the premier companies specializing in aircraft sales, leasing, financing, and management.
Jamail currently resides in Atlanta, GA, but can typically be found flying around the country, spreading his passion and expertise in the field of aviation & aerospace.