Saturday, October 13, 2007

David Ndawonde

It's Saturday morning in early spring. The usual Saturday morning Staffel are out at JOMAC - Juan Pretorius, Louis Volschenk, Roly Hill, there are others. They see a figure approach up the slope from the valley.

It is David Ndawonde. He is smartly dressed. He carries a model aeroplane. It's unlike anything at JOMAC, but it is beautifully built.

David explains. He lives in Diepsloot. He has built the model over a period of five years. He has saved money from the occasional job he gets to buy the components. Now the aeroplane is finished and he wants help in getting it to fly.

The Staffel pilots examine the aeroplane. They conclude that although it is well made it will be difficult to get it airborne. What to do? Here is a true aeromodeller.

They decide to put together a trainer. Someone donates the airframe, another the radio, another the engine.

Juan and Roly working on the trainer

Now they can teach David to fly. And so they do. He is well on the way to becoming a solo pilot.

Instructor Roly Hill and David


mike may said...

Well done to the JOMAC people involved,this is a most heartining
story and it may encourage other, potential pilots from the local communities.
It is this kind of guy who WANTS to fly who should benifit from some of samaa's development fund(lotto money).

John said...

The Association has paid for one year's SAMAA and JOMAC membership for David.

Anonymous said...

The Rc Pilot Hobby Shop on the East Rand has offered free of charge that if the Instructors at Jomac can get David Solo before 31/12/2008 they will donate to David, at no cost one 40 size low wing trainer arf kit , 50% of Davids 2008 or 2009 club fees and his 2008 or 2009 Samaa fee's.

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