Who we are / Executive Committee

 Dy Moonsammy / Chairperson   

Dy Moonsammy is the Senior Manager: Learning and Development at Comair Limited, where her responsibilities include the management of Comair’s Cadet Pilot Programme, learnerships, and graduate programmes, as well as oversight of a Learning Academy that serves indigent learners. Dy is the Vice-President of the Association of African Aviation Training Organisations (AATO), a UN-ICAO mandated initiative responsible for the standardising and harmonising of training material for all African aviation training organisations. She is the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s (AASA) representative on the Aviation Chamber Committee of Transport Education Training Authority (TETA); an adjunct lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS); sits on the Advisory Board of the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) Tourism Department; and is a registered psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa

Dy is a graduate and a graduate assistant of the Dale Carnegie Institute
Contact Dy at dy.moonsammy@comair.co.za

 Donald Schenk / Deputy Chairperson SA & Chairperson USA 

Donald Schenk is the Chairman and CEO of ACA Associates, Inc. a New York-based strategic planning and financial advisory firm focused on the aviation industry. Donald was a Managing Director in the aviation unit of Bankers Trust prior to founding ACA Associates. He is a member of the New York Wings Club; sits on the board of Bainbridge Community Foundation; sits on the Finance Committee of Benaroya Research Institute, a scientific institution that is focused on autoimmune diseases; and also sits on the board of the Kossoye Development Project, which helps the people of Ethiopia in their efforts to improve health, lifelong learning, and food security. Donald is the person who created Wonders of Aviation. 

Don is a graduate of Columbia College and holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School
Contact Donald at dpschenk@aca-assoc.com

 Vees Lochan / Treasurer SA 

Vivendra (Vees) Lochan has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the aviation industry having been in the industry in excess of 35 years. He has spent considerable amount of time at South African Airways (SAA) where he has held positions in Sales and Marketing, Africa Route Management Division and headed SAA offices in the Middle East & Gulf as well the Indian Sub-continent. In August 2010, Vees joined the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) as Chief Operating Officer. AASA is the SADC airline representative association dealing with strategic, aeropolitical, regulatory, policy, financial and operational issues affecting its members. He represents AASA and its membership on regulatory committees and industry forums. Vees is an Alternate Director and Chairperson of the Audit Committee of Aviation Coordination Services (Pty) Ltd, a company responsible for several airport services managed on behalf of all airlines operating in South Africa. 

The Minister of Transport (South Africa) Dipuo Peters appointed Vees on 28 January 2015 to serve as a member on the Transport Sector Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter Council representing the Domestic Aviation sub-sector. 

Vees holds a B.Com as well as an MBA from the University of Durban-Westville.
Contact Vees at vlochan@aasa.za.net

 Gift Kgadima / Secretary General  

Gift Kgadima is a product of the Aero Club’s T&D team and was one of WOA’s first Award Winners. He demonstrates the leadership we hope to see in all our team. He has been given leadership positions at Cornerstone College where he learned to fly drones. He has been given responsibility for some of the Aero Club’s activities and was responsible for the 2017 collaboration with CSIR in organising the Wind Tunnel Tour.

Gift is a Schenk Family Award Winner, was elected Secretary of WOA in 2017, and has been awarded a bursary by WOA to help him pursue his pilot training. AASA sponsored his attendance at their Annual General Assembly in 2017. He also spent time flying drones for Air Shepherd an organisation supported by the Lindbergh Foundation that uses drones to protect elephants in Africa.

Contact Gift at gift325@gmail.com

 Daniel Ralefeta / Executive Team Member  

Daniel Ralefeta is an avid IT specialist, trainer and aviator, who is highly commended in the South African government ICT strategic development for political bearers and civil servants alike. His IT skills are  utilised by the State Information Technology Agency’s (SITA) key projects to ensure maximum input into the uplifting of ICT skills for previously disadvantaged communities (PDC) through the CSR developments, GovTech and other strategic exhibitions. As Chairman of the AeroClub of South Africa Transformation and Development, Daniel oversees the development of aviation enthusiasts through model flying, glider pilot training and the achievement of a private pilot license. Daniel has a wide network of significant role players in the IT and aviation industry, and uses these networks to give back to the PDC. 

Contact Daniel at daniel.ralefeta@gmail.com

Aero Club of South Africa Transformation & Development Team (Aero Club SA T&D) 

  • Aero Club SA T&D Management Team: Daniel Ralefeta (Chairman), Natalie Kyd, Bhek'ifa Masango, Mduduzi Mnguni, and Bontle Tsikwe. 
  • Aero Club SA T&D A-Team: Tumi Katisi, Brian Khumalo, Joseph Lebitsa, Londeka Ndwandwe, Elijah Rakoma, and Samuel Tshikovhi.  
  • Kranskop Gliding Club Team: Chris Adriaan, Rainer Frieboese, Pieter Oosthuizen, Arjaan Schaap, Simon Tladi, and Louw van Zyl. 

 Pulane Baloyi / Executive Team Member / SAA 

Pulane Baloyi is a Corporate Social Investment Specialist at South African Airways (SAA). She is responsible for ensuring that aviation awareness reaches disadvantaged communities in all provinces through inspiring young South Africans to take a keen interest in the wonders of flying. She founded the Annual SAA Career Summit to provide information on the various careers in aviation to empower learners to make informed decisions when choosing career paths and to attract adequate interest to feed into the aviation talent pipeline. 

Pulane holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Durban-Westville (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal) and a Foundation Management Program (FMP) Certificate from the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science.

 Clinton Montague / Executive Team Member / SAA 

Clinton Montague is a Flight Safety at Group Safety Specialist at South African Airways (SAA). He has been a part of the SAA family for over 20 years, has gained extensive experience and has a passion for the aviation industry. At SAA hes has worked as a CAA designated examiner, with specific experience in the cabin crew field as well as with Safety and Emergency Procedures Training and Assessments. 

Clinton is a qualified commercial pilot and otained his Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL), with a Frozen ATP Qualification from SAA's Cadet Pilot Programme at 43 Air School. He holds Diplomas in Business Management and Project Management from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

 Natalie Kyd / Executive Team Member / SAA Technical 

Natalie Kyd is a Quality Auditor at SAA Technical. She previously worked as a Senior Aircraft Electrical Instructor at the Aircraft Electrician and Avionics Apprentice Training School at SAA Technical, a position she has held from April 2008 to October 2016 when she took up the position of a Quality Auditor. She was the first female aircraft electrician and apprentice instructor at SAA Technical, and taught the theory and practice of becoming an aircraft technician.

Natalie is involved in career awareness programs such as SAA's SiVulindlela Project where she travels around South Africa to schools and educational institutions to educate learners about the different careers that are available within aviation and that are offered at SAA; the Joint Aviation Awareness Program (JAAP); the former NPO Southern African Women in Aviation and Aerospace (SAWIA) now Women and Aviation (W&A) and their Girl Fly Programme in Africa Aviation and Space camp; and is a member of the AeroClub of South Africa Transformation and Development team. 

Natalie qualified as an Aircraft Electrician at SAA in June 2000. She holds an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License, and in 2006, became a senior licensed technician. She is currently studying towards a Bacherlor of Commerce in Marketing through the University of South Africa (UNISA).