Airbus Corporate Foundation puts the emphasis on "aviation pioneering and the innovative spirit"

The theme of "aviation pioneering and innovative spirit" has been selected as the Airbus Corporate Foundation's focal point in supporting company employees' efforts that bring aviation closer to the hearts and minds of youngsters in their local communities.

1 April 2009 Feature story

The Airbus Corporate Foundation has set its focus on the theme of "aviation pioneering and innovative spirit" in supporting company employees' efforts to bring aviation closer to the hearts and minds of youngsters in their local communities.



This direction was outlined at the Foundation's second board meeting, held last week in Toulouse, France, under the chairmanship of Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders, and attended by board members, employee representatives and external expert members from France, Spain, Germany and the UK.



"Through the Foundation, we want to give something back to the community as an aviation company - to reach out via our employees and provide a sustainable future for the next generation," Enders said.



One such project already supported by the Foundation is "Les Citoyens du Ciel" (The Citizens of the Sky), which uses aviation to create a special moment in the lives of people who have disabilities or live with long-term illness.



Jean-Paul Burgues, the Airbus employee who founded "Les Citoyens du Ciel" in Toulouse, uses an ultralight SkyRanger aircraft to share the thrill of flying with those who would never normally do so. Burgues said the Foundation's support will help his organisation increase the number of flights it performs and reinforce operational safety procedures.



In addition to local community projects, the Airbus Foundation also has initiated a special transversal project committed to bio-diversity and the environment, which involves employees, teachers, schools and young children from each Airbus national entity.