The world of commercial aviation not only moves people (physically) from one place to the other. It also produces a humble show of human compassion where people come together to support a good cause in the face of a cruel and tragic circumstance.

This petition is just that—with over 8,000 signatures already gathered. 

A 12-year-old aviation enthusiast, named Andrew McMorris, was killed in a roadside accident by being hit by a drunk driver.

Andrew, a seventh-grader scout, died after being struck by a car while walking along the shoulder a road. Four other Scouts who were also struck survived.

American Airlines’ first Boeing 787 taking off from Paine Field back in 2015. Courtesy: Brandon Farris

The driver, Thomas Murphy, was imprisoned and charged with a DWI. He is expected to face upgraded charges, authorities said.

Known as am.aviation on Instagram, he posted photos of his spotting adventures from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport and beyond.

The petition in question is to get Andrew’s name embedded on one of American’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Andrew’s ultimate dream was to become a Captain of this very plane.

The idea came about after American Airlines placed a wonderful tribute to McMorris, who wished him “blue skies and tailwinds” and that he will “always be part of our fAAmily”.

It is unclear whether American will do this or not, but if the target is hit or exceeded, then we could see a Boeing 787 named after Andrew, which would be a nice sentiment given how much of a big fan he was.

You can access the petition by clicking here. Donations are also encouraged towards his family.

Hopefully, we can get to the point where it will happen and how much of a nice tribute it would be to both Andrew and his family. 

Some of Andrew’s Photos

We thought, as our own little tribute, to showcase some of Andrew’s work to the public, which definitely shows what he was capable of as a photographer.

On behalf of all of the team at Airways, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the McMorris family. Andrew will never be forgotten. 

Hopefully, his name will fly alongside an American Airlines 787 Dreamliner soon.

Elements of this article features contributions from Tomos Howells.