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AASA sponsors Wonders of Aviation's attendance at 47th Annual General Assembly
October 16, 2017. Wonders of Aviation (WOA) news. AASA held its 47th AGA from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. AASA sponsored the attendance of Gift Kgadima, Wonders of Aviation (WOA) Secretary, to the 3-day annual event, and Comair Limited sponsored his flights.
Fortunately, several aviation-orientated programmes have been initiated and target school learners. Among them are Wonders of Aviation, which is a South African non-profit organisation founded by our good friend Don Schenk, from the USA, and actively supported by AASA and the aviation industry in South Africa. Its objective is to use the magic of flight to inspire and educate previously disadvantaged youth about the aviation industry with outreach programs that encourage learners to consider a career in aviation.
Chris Zweigenthal, AASA CEO, in his industry address at AASA's 2017 AGA
Gift is a product of the Aero Club of South Africa’s Transformation and Development division and was one of WOA’s first Award Winners. He demonstrates the leadership we hope to see in all our team.
Gift demonstrated his early leadership skills at the Cornerstone College, Silverton, Pretoria where he learned to fly drones. His commitment to making a difference in Africa's fight against wildlife poaching, led to him flying drones for Air Shepherd, an organization supported by the Lindbergh Foundation, that uses drones to protect elephants in Africa.
Gift is a 2016 Schenk Family Award Winner, was elected Secretary of WOA in 2017, and has been awarded a 2017 WOA
bursaryto help him pursue his pilot training.
Read more about Gift and his inspirational journey...