Above it All

Ready for takeoff.
July 13, 2011 Text and Photos by Chad Lebo

There is more than one way to be a top donor at Akany Avoko. Supporter Aina Ras Gilb has piloted a new method; he takes some very luck children flying.

So far, two charmed children have taken a ride high above Akany in the Cessna 150 he pilots. Not only have the children been able to sight-see from 2,000 meters up, they were even able to take the controls for a few minutes and fly the friendly skies themselves.

The photos tell the rest of the story.

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Aina and one of the lucky co-pilots taking a test flight at the Childcare Center.
Taking off to sore over the hills of Tana.
Always polite to wait your turn, especially when outweighed 1000:1.
Some "retired" planes at I did not point out to the kids before they flew.
When posing for photos, it is always best to use props.
(Sorry, could not resist.)
Malagasy word of the day: Faly. It means "happy".
Headset? Check. Seat belt? Check. Smile? Check.
(Photo courtesy of Juliette Rubenstein.)
What's a co-pilot without his wings?
Always good to first inspect the machine you about to defy gravity with.
No room left for the photographer. Dang!
Just after a masterful landing by Aina in a very strong crosswind. Bravo.
Probably a good idea of what the kids' dreams were like after their wonderful flights.


Irenée said...


Fidy said...

good job to all and great initiative!!!

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