MY WAY TO 43 AIR SCHOOL
Sakhikamva Foundation prides itself in creating innovative concepts to develop youth in the aerospace industry. One of the biggest barriers for future pilots are the financial costs of obtaining a pilot license and a position ready in the airline industry. This, combined with the lack of exposure to the aviation industry, further exacerbates the ability for the youth from peri-urban and rural areas to enter the pilot fraternity with ease.
When Arnold Mauritz – a recipient of the Morningstar Flight Academy Sakhikamva Foundation Private Pilot Scholarship – approached the Foundation in early 2016, to assist him in raising funds for his airline pilot license, we could comfortably support the idea with our existing infrastructure. Arnold’s personal challenge is to cycle 1000 km over 10 days, set to take place 22nd to 31st October 2016. He is joined by Husayn Gertse, a tri-athlete and future pilot. The pair aim to raise funds before and during the cycle challenge.
The initiative includes introducing the world of aviation along the routes, which is fantastic as we are able to interact with youth and children in the rural areas. This journey with Arnold and Husayn, not only assist them in raising funds during the cycle challenge, however through this initiative it would further support them throughout their Jet Pilot Program and their entry into the airline industry. The key success factor of the my way to 43 Air School initiative/campaign is the partnership with a world class flight training school in order to train the pair as airline pilots from the very first hour. We are fortunate to have such a facility as 43 Air School, a world renowned air school in South Africa.
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