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Jonathan, heart and soul of Kpong Field, Ghana is Karlene’s Fabulous Flyer

When I launched the Centennial of Women Pilots campaign in early 2010, Jonathan was one of the first persons to contact me. He said, “We will introduce 100 girls and women to flying on March 8 for the 100th anniversary of the first woman pilot license.”

And they did! It took 4 pilots flying ultra lights all day long to make it happen but it did not phase them out. Some of the girls and women came back the next day and sung to them to thank them.

Their achievement was undefeated until December 2010 when Renton Airport introduced 173 girls and women to flying in one day followed by Oshawa Airport with 118.

Now, introducing girls and women to flying in March is an annual event at Kpong Field.

Jonathan is coming to AirVenture this summer. This is when I will have the honor to meet him in person and give him Kpong Field’s latest trophy: ‘Most female-pilot-friendly airport in Ghana and 2nd runner up worldwide’.

May their example be an inspiration to all the naysayers. Vision and hard work always win.

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