- Help South Africa’s previously disadvantaged youth who demonstrate a love and enthusiasm for aviation to pursue a career in aviation.
- Mentors and role models are available to provide support and encouragement to these youth.
- Support South Africa’s aviation companies and industry associations with their outreach programs for previously disadvantaged youth.
- Provide a forum for sharing educational and training ideas.
- Create a community of aviation volunteers.
Wonders of Aviation is a wonderful initiative aimed at creating awareness of aviation amongst the previously disadvantaged youth of South Africa, and developing them to become a part of the industry.
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. She was part of the South African Aero Squad team that made it into the top 50 in a global Airbus competition. Buhle is also the 2017 Schenk Family Award Winner.
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Orifha Mbedzi is a great example of the power of WOA. His dream was to become a pilot and Don Schenk mentored him as best he could from 13,000 miles away. At the end of his matric year, they discussed his options, one of which was to attend the University of Pretoria and study computer science or set university aside and try to find a way to become a pilot. They decided that he was being given a wonderful opportunity to attend this university, where he started last year. He has done so well that he has been invited to teach a first year computer course. He is an existing WOA mentor, and has offered to provide a leadership development course in computers to WOA.
Read more about Orifha and the WOA 2015 Award Winners...
Flightline Weekly, 6 November 2017
Daniel Ralefeta (above, receiving the Silver Wings Award) is an IT specialist and trainer, but most importantly, an enthusiastic aviator, 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.
As Chairman of the Aero Club of South Africa Transformation and Development division, Daniel oversees the development of aviation enthusiasts through model flying, glider pilot training and the achievement of a private pilot license. It is his overwhelming and insatiable enthusiasm for fellow aviators, and creating new ones, that he was awarded the Silver Wings Award. Daniel is also a serving member of the Executive Committee for Wonders of Aviation. Read more Aero Club of SA News...
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.
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.
The annual conference brings together the full spectrum of aerospace engineers, academics, researchers, students and industry leaders in South Africa and their international counterparts. It provides a forum dedicated to the exchange of ideas and discussions of recent advances in aerospace engineering and related technologies from a scientific as well as an industrial applications point of view. Read more AeSSA News...
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. 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 AeSSA News...
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.
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