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 2018 News 

 ISTAT Foundation Grant 

In August, WOA gratefully received a US$7,400 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Foundation (ISTAT) to develop a Student LinkedIn Resumes database of future aviators. 

The grant is the result of Donald Schenk, Vees Lohan and Judith Driver’s joint efforts. The WOA team is determined to transform WOA from an institution having a significant impact on a few very high potential learners into an organisation that also helps the thousands of learners who visit all the outreach programmes our sponsors and investors support each year. 

 SABC Education Documentary: iSpana 9, Episode 2 

Gift Kgadima: Aerobatic Pilot
SABC Education Shows. Flighted May 2018

iSpani is a reality documentary that takes viewers into the world of work. Each week a candidate tries his or her hand at a chosen career. iSpani takes the viewer into environments offering candidates positions at entry level, creating awareness of the academic, personal and training requirements in the specific field.

This iSpani documentary followed Gift Kgadima, aerobatic pilot and Wonders of Aviation Secretary General.


 2017 News Highlights 

 Aero Club of South Africa News 

Aero Club of SA 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...

 Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) News 

Don Schenk presents the AeSSA annual 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. 

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...

 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. Read more...

 AASA News 

AASA sponsors WOA's attendance at 48th Annual General Assembly
WOA news. October 2018

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) will hold its 48th AGA from 11 to 14 October 2018, at the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia. The theme of the AGA is Enabling African Airline Service Excellence. AASA is sponsoring the attendance of Gift Kgadima (WOA General Secretary), Keanu Schubert (WOA Mentor) and Mahlatsi Hlongwane (WOA Mentor) to the 3-day annual event. Comair Limited is sponsoring their flights. 


 Meet Tumi | 100% Character Uncovered  

Universal Channel is shining a light on people from around Africa who inspire others through their determination and extraordinary character. These rare individuals have the spark to dream big, matched with a steely resolve to pursue that dream with unwavering commitment. They are authentic, talented and have 100% character.

What does it take to chase your dream against the odds?  Boitumelo Katisi (‘Tumi to her friends!) is an inspirational 23 year old South African who has fought against the odds to achieve her dream of becoming a pilot. It is highly unusual to see women pilots in Africa and as it stands today she is one of only 2% of black women pilots in South Africa, out of an incredible17 000 pilots...full article here.


 National Geographic Wildlife Watch 

Watch a Dramatic Elephant Rescue 
A young elephant was saved from drowning in a manmade structure in a Zimbabwe national park by a team that is using drones to deter poaching.
By Brian Clark Howard for National Geographic, 1 November 2016

An anti-poaching team saved a young elephant from drowning this month, and it was caught on video. The rescue was made by the Air Shepherd team in Zimbabwe's vast Hwange National Park.

Air Shepherd is a partnership between the Lindbergh Foundation, the Peace Parks Foundation and the company UAV & Drone Solutions, which is working to deter poachers in Hwange and other parks around Africa.

The extraordinary increase in elephant and rhino deaths threatens extinction. Ignorance, and economic and social pressures are fueling the slaughter of African elephants and rhino at extraordinary rates. The Air Shepherd approach is the only intervention that has been shown to stop poaching. With over 6000 flight hours, over 4000 missions and three countries, we have a demonstrable ability to put an end to poaching. Air Shepherd

During an early morning scouting mission, Air Shepherd drone pilots Tom Lautenbach and Gift Kgadima were driving in Hwange, getting a feel for the land that they have been flying their drones over for the past few weeks...

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Video published with permission granted by Erik Lindbergh of the Lindbergh Foundation.