Aviators Africa Academy (AAA) team led by Toni Ukachukwu was present at the 2018 annual aviation development conference (AviaDev) organised by Jon Howell, also a cofounder of AAA, on an aviation outreach exercise in Cape Town, South Africa.
As parts of our work towards building Africa aviation workforce of the future that will be armed with strong leadership and networking skills to drive development of the industry towards meeting the anticipated growth forecasted by Boeing, Airbus, and IATA; we were in Cape Town, South Africa, to inspire, stimulate, and educate primary and secondary school children as well as university undergraduates and postgraduates on the many exciting career paths in aviation and their opportunities.
On the 12th of June, 2018, AAA team and AviaDev team organised aviation career talk to undergraduate and postgraduate students of University of Cape Town. Seasoned international aviation professionals from aircraft manufacturers, airlines, engineering and maintenance organisations, airport management companies among others made presentations on different career prospects, opportunities, skills and knowledge required to excel in aviation. At the end of the session, the students were given opportunities to network with aviation professionals present.
Among many aviation experts that graced the event are Refilwe Ledwaba, the executive director of Women and Aviation; Marcel Langeslag, Project Manager at NACO Netherlands; Sabine Reim, Senior Vice President at Airline Network Strategy; Ian McNaul, Sales Director, Middle East and Africa at Rolls-Royce; Martin Jansen van Vuuren, Director at Grant Thurton PS advisory; and Derek Nseko, Managing Director at iFly Aviation;
The following day, AAA team leveraged on AviaDev charity run fund raising initiative aimed at feeding sixty nine school children two meals a day for a year at Ellerton school to stimulate the kids interest in aviation.
At Ellerton school, the children were thought how to design and build paper planes. Exercise on paper planes later given to the kids to perform.