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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 Dlodlo.

Read the full article in Wits' news here.

Buhle Dlodlo is our first Award Winner who is an aeronautical engineering student. She is one of Wits University’s top aeronautical engineering students, and has taken the time to help with WOA.

Buhle is in the process of designing a program that will encourage high school students to read more books about aviation; she helped the National Aerospace Center develop an exciting one day program at Wits for our Award Winners; and she was responsible for selecting next year’s Award Winner from Wits.

Buhle was part of the South African Aero Squad team from Wits University that made it into the top 50 in the Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition.

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. 

The centre engages with government, industry, academia and research institutions, locally as well as internationally, in promoting sector competitiveness and developing human capital. 

Additionally, the centre has a sound project management function, and enjoys partnerships with the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), the Centurion Aerospace Village, and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS), as well as the Universities of Cape TownStellenbosch, the WitwatersrandPretoria and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Internationally, the NAC has established a sound partnership with Airbus as well as participating in AeroAfrica-EU, and African and European Union aerospace initiative involving five countries.

Relevant skills for a relevant industry

The NAC runs an extensive human capital development programme, which includes human capital sponsorship, providing support for course development, a bursary programme and targeted initiatives.

Building aerospace awareness

The NAC also undertakes a number of discretionary projects and awareness initiatives, such as hosting a student day at the International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa (IASSA), a Youth Development Programme at the D Exhibition, and participating in the Sci-Bono Aerospace Week for school learners.