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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.


 2018 News 

 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.

 2017 News 

 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...

 Aero Club of South Africa News 

Aero Club of SA 2017 Annual Awards
by Garth Calitz. 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...

 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.  Read more... 

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. 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...

 2016 News 

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...

 South African Airlines News 

SAA supports Wonders of Aviation

South African Airways (SAA) is a proud supporter of Wonders of Aviation. SAA is the flag carrier of South Africa. Its headquarters are in Airways Park of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. In partnership with SA Express, SA Airlink and its low-cost carrier, Mango, the airline flies to 56 destinations in South Africa, elsewhere in Africa and around the world from OR Tambo International Airport, using a fleet of 56 aircraft. Read more...

 Kranskop Gliding Club - Brits Airfield News 

Aero Club of SA and Kranskop Glider Club host another successful Aviation Awareness Day at Brits Airfield
by Garth Calitz. Pilot's Post. May 2016

The Aero Club of South Africa Transformation and Development division and the Kranskop Glider Club at Brits Airfield hosted a successful aviation awareness day. Daniel Ralefeta and his team, as always, ensured a safe day of flying fun and informative talks. 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...

 2015 News 

 Aero Club of South Africa news 

Aero Club SA and Soaring Society of South Africa host successful Touring Motor Glider Fly In at Brits Airfield
by Garth Calitz. Pilot's Post. November 2015

The Aero Club of South Africa Transformation and Development division together with the Soaring Society of South Africa (SSSA) hosted a successful Touring Motor Glider Fly In, at Kranskop Glider Club at Brits Airfield. Daniel Ralefeta and his team: Elijah Rakoma, Joseph Lebitsa, Gift Kgadima, Thabang Kotlolo, Phemelo Kgoale once again out-did themselves making everyone feel welcome. Read more...

Wonders of Aviation - Kranskop Gliding Day at Brits Airfield
by Garth Calitz. Pilot's Post. June 2015

The Aero Club of South Africa Transformation and Development division, under the leadership of 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...