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AASA News

AASA sponsors WOA's attendance at 47th Annual General Assembly
WOA news. 16 October 2017

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) held its 47th AGA from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. The theme of the AGA was Building Human Capital for African Airlines.  

AASA sponsored the attendance of Gift Kgadima, WOA Secretary, to the 3-day annual event, and Comair Limited sponsored his flights.
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Aero Club of South Africa News

Aero Club of South Africa 2017 Annual Awards
Flightline Weekly, 6 November 2017

On a sweltering evening the Aero Club of South Africa hosted their annual awards dinner at Zwartkops Air Force Base . At 4:30 in the afternoon the guests started arriving at the beautiful Hangar 5 at this historic Air Force Base. After a welcome drink, the Air Force Museum treated everyone to a beautiful display of their pride and joy the de Havilland Vampire, flown by Col Glen Warden. Read more...

Aero Club of SA 2016 Annual Awards
by Willie Bodenstein. Pilots Post, November 2016.

The Aero Club of South Africa wears several hats. One is to the custodian of aviation sport in South Africa, the second is as the representational body at various forums and committees to protect the interest of sport aviation in South Africa, and the final one is to grow the membership and enable transformation and development in aviation sport. On Saturday 5 November the Aero Club of South Africa, which actively protects, promotes and preserve all forms of sport and recreational aviation in South Africa, held its annual awards ceremony at Hangar 5 at AFB Zwartkop. Read more...

Wonders of Aviation - Kranskop Gliding Day at Brits Airfield
by Garth Calitz. Pilots Post, June 2015

The Aero Club of South Africa's Transformation and Development Department, under the leadership of Chairman Daniel Ralefeta, hosted a Gliding day at the Kranskop Gliding Club at Brits Airfield on Saturday 28 June 2015. The event was intended to promote aviation awareness amongst the youth in partnership with the newly formed "Wonders of Aviation" Initiative. Read more...

African Pilot magazine News

African Pilot magazine supports Wonders of Aviation

African Pilot magazine is a proud supporter of Wonders of Aviation. African Pilot is a niche market specialist aviation magazine that has been publishing for 14 years. It features South African, African and world aviation events, interesting facts about aviation, historical features and general aviation news. The magazine also provides a platform for the organisers of airshows and specific aviation events to market their event to members of the public. Read more...

Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) News

AeSSA hosts 2017 annual conference in partnership with the AISI @ CSIR
CSIR news. 25-26 October 2017

The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry, hosted and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has teamed up with the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) to host the society’s 2017 annual conference. The event, which takes place at the CSIR International Convention Centre on 25 and 26 October 2017, has as its theme: Today’s research and technology for tomorrow’s aerospace

Marié Botha, Manager of the AISI, says, “The objectives of the AeSSA’s annual conference – to maximise industry and postgraduate student participation – is a good fit with the AISI’s mission. Our partnership therefore makes sound strategic sense.” Read more... 

Don Schenk presents the John Weston Lecture
WOA news. 25-26 October 2017

WOA's founder, Don Schenk, was invited to present the John Weston Lecture at this year's AeSSA annual conference.

John Weston was a South African aeronautical engineer, pioneering aviator, farmer and soldier. In 1911, Weston founded the Aeronautical Society of South Africa. The Society hosts a bi-annual memorial lecture in his honour. Weston also established the John Weston Aviation Company to raise funds for the establishment of a flying school with a permanent aerodrome. The company's wealthy sponsors funded flying demonstrations in South Africa and Mozambique.

Don's lecture was titled: People, Knowledge & Innovation. He introduced and discussed the progress that Wonders of Aviation has made over the past few years. This was a wonderful platform for Wonders of Aviation, and he has been invited to be more involved at the 2018 annual conference which will be held in Cape Town. Read more...

WOA wins the 2017 John Weston Award
WOA news. 25-26 October 2017

Don Schenk, on behald of Wonders of Aviation, was presented with the 2017 John Weston Award by AeSSA in recognition of the work the NGO is doing to develop human capital and support previously disadvantaged youth in the South African aviation industry. Read more...

Comair News

Comair supports Wonders of Aviation

Comair Limited is a proud supporter of Wonders of Aviation. During the financial year 2016/2017, Comair invested 4.4% of their annual payroll on internal training and skills development as well as leadership development. The training programmes are focused on improving Comair’s human capital, improving business processes and procedures, as well as maintaining and promoting high standards of safety, security and quality service delivery. Read more...

CSIR News

First CSIR/WOA Wind Tunnel Tour takes flight
WOA news. 3 July 2017

The Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) hosted a visit on 3 July 2017 to the CSIR's wind tunnels in Brumaria, Tshwane, led by Dy Moonsammy, WOA Chairperson and Senior Manager of Learning and Development at Comair Limited, and Gift Kgadima, WOA Secretary. The purpose of this educational event was to expose learners and young professionals to the role of wind tunnel's in aviation, and to the work of the CSIR at this restricted national facility. The CSIR has 7 wind tunnels that enable South Africa to test the aerodynamic features of everything from cars to supersonic jets and rockets. Read more...

Wits University National Aerospace Centre News

Wits team flying high

Engineering students reach the top 50 in Airbus global aviation competition

by Wits University. 20 January 2017.

Four Wits Aeronautical Engineering students have progressed to round two in the Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition that challenges students from all disciplines to develop new ideas and innovate with Airbus for the future of aviation. South Africa is represented by Team Aero Squad consisting of the four Witsies: Makhosazana Moyo, Seshni Govender, Thabiso Leballo and Buhle DlodloRead more...

National Aerospace Centre supports Wonders of Aviation 

The National Aerospace Centre (NAC) is a proud supporter of Wonders of Aviation. The NAC-focused programme is managed and hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). Recognising the need for greater innovation and skills development in line with the needs of the South African aerospace industry, the NAC was launched in 2006.  Read more...