All-female flight crew flies a Cessna along the Aéropostale airmail route to connect school kids across continents

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The Kids Airbridge program connects school kids of North America and Africa to teach them how to collaborate despite their cultural differences in order to complete aviation-centric class assignments.

By Mireille Goyer,
Airplanista Guest Blogger

Flying puts magic in people's lives. It opens up minds and helps bridge differences by bringing people together.

Using aviation as the motivator, the Kids Airbridge initiative aims to encourage school kids in North America and Africa to study aviation history, geography, science, and art as well as to learn how to collaborate despite their cultural differences in order to complete common academic assignments centering on aviation.

During the crowd-funding campaign ending on August 23, 2013, the public is invited to suggest or sponsor classes of kids, ages 6-12, located in North America. Selected North American classes will be individually twinned with classes in Senegal, Africa, to form an airbridge for the scholar year.

The first class assignment consists of creating paper airplanes as a gift of friendship. These creations will be hand delivered by myself and Victoria Zajko during an historical flight from France to Senegal along the first trans-continental airmail route, the Aéropostale route. They will decorate the respective classrooms throughout the scholar year.

The flight, which departs on October 4, 2013, will also help raise funds to create a secured online collaborative environment for the kids and provide much needed school supplies for the African school kids. Furthermore, the kids will have an opportunity to learn the many facets of flight operation as they track their precious 'airmail' online.

Our goal is to motivate academic excellence among school kids and give them a chance to enjoy collaborating with others despite cultural differences. During the first year, the initiative is restricted to 20 classes or 10 airbridges. It will directly affect approximately one thousand students. Everyone is invited to follow the flight online.

For more information about the Kids Airbridge initiative, please visit the website at A link to the crowd-funding campaign is available on the website.

Mireille Goyer is an airline transport pilot, an instructor, and the founder of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide and the Kids Airbridge initiative. Since her first small aircraft flight in her mid-twenties, she has been dedicated to sharing her passion for flying. She has developed numerous aviation courses, conducted FAA safety seminars, and founded several aviation outreach initiatives.

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