Cape Town - The Western Cape Microlight Club (WCMC) held their 2nd aviation outreach program, The Sky's the Limit, this past Saturday the 24th October. The Club played host to 50 children of disadvantaged backgrounds who came from all around the Western Cape.
The WCMC have partnered with the Sakhikamva Foundation over the last two years to develop the Sky's the Limit program that aims to give these children an aviation experience they might not otherwise receive given their socioeconomic backgrounds. During the opening speech Charl Starke, the WCMC chairman, spoke about the importance of the WCMC interacting with the local community and sharing the love of aviation with keen enthusiasts.
Later Bobby Heimann from the Morningstar Flight Academy was on hand to present to the Sakhikamva Foundation over 45 hours of flying time towards a Private Pilot License Bursary. Fatima Jakoet, the founder of the Sakhikamva Foundation said, "We are ecstatic and grateful for the generosity of the Morningstar Flight Academy in receiving this bursary. This is a great opportunity for a select person to be able to kick start their career in aviation." Fatima said.
The day was action packed, with the children receiving instruction on how aircraft work, while Scouts South Africa, acted as local regional support team for air activities. Their leader, Robin Starke, was on hand with his team to assist with the managing of the children. After their flight workshop, each child received 15-minute flight experience in a light aircraft, each aircraft piloted WCMC members.
Over lunch, the children got to witness a few of the club members participating in training exercises over the airfield and then excitement loomed and big smiles were seen all around as a surprise sweetie drop took place, which saw most of the children running on to the cleared taxiway to forage for their sweets.
The event was a resounding success and all children left Morningstar airfield at the end of the day with many happy aviation memories. Hopefully these memories will lead to a lifetime of interest in aviation and some may pursue a career in the industry.
Photographs courtesy of: Richard Adcock