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This week in Gina's People, we are focusing on an aviation program unlike any other. Kids as young as seven are learning to be pilots for free. Our FOX 11 viewer Robin Petgrave was recently named one of the nation's more prominent African Americans by Ebony magazine. It's easy to see why. Petgrave is changing the lives of so many kids in Compton.

Fourteen years ago, Petgrave founded Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum. It's a non-profit, after school program for kids who want to take to the skies. Petgrave says, "If you get them involved in Aviation, then things just make sense. Like... why do you need to learn math? Well, if you're gonna go in a two hour flight and you've got an hour's worth of fuel, they realize why math is so important and same thing with being able to read." Petgrave is hoping his aviation program will some day go nationwide.

If you would like more information on their flight program, here is a link to their website: http://taviationmuseum.appspot.com/#!




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