Thursday, July 26, 2012

Young Eagles Project -- Hugh Edmunds

Hugh Writes...

Hi Bob , Lionel , Peter ,Percy , Chris , Joe and John ,
I am not to sure who may be able to help so have sent this email to all of you .
The R/C club that I started in Wolmaransstad some 18 years ago have over the years had an active policy of helping students from the local high school (And towns close by ) to learn to fly R/C gliders and power planes .
We donated radios , planes ,building time and tuition to several students over the years and although it was done on a small informal scale there are some of them that are still flying after leaving Wolmaransstad and High school. I left Wolmaransstad about two and a half years ago and the club now has only one active member , Alex Lombard .
Alex has become involved with a group called the Young eagles . This is run by a very passionate guy Mike Visagie , who owns a farm with two full size runways and is a very active EEA(Experimental Aircraft Association .) member. for the last two years he has had a fly-in for the home built and light aircraft guys . In 2011 Alex took several model aircraft to the two day fly in to show the youngsters who wanted to get involved in aviation and  show there was a way that would be a good introduction to aviation .
This year Mike asked Alex and I to bring some models and buddy boxes as he had invited some 100 kids from the local communities to come to the show and have a flight in an aircraft .
Unfortunately I was unable to help but Alex got several R/C pilots from Leeudoringstad MAC and they managed to keep the kids busy .
Mike said that the R/C side was a great success and we discussed modeling as a way to get more youngsters from the wolmaransstad , Leeudoring and Maqqassie area (North West ) involved in aviation .
Mike has donated a Pietenpol Kit plane to the Wolmaransstad High School ( See attachments ) and Alex has Donated money for radios and model aircraft for next years Young Eagles Fly in .They wanted to know if SAMMA could get involved in some way or give advice or help in forming a group such as the SAMAA transformation and developement team .
The Brits gliding guys have( I believe) already visited Mikes airfield at Swartpan earlier this year and may also be invited to next years fly in .( Chris A ?)
If any of you guys can assist or help Mike in any way please contact him (See attached letters etc )
If SAMAA can be present next year I will be glad to be a part and help in any way I can .
If some of the info from Mike would be of interest to SAMAA mambers maybe SAMAA News can print something to get this out to the rest of the SAMAA members .
Thanks for your time and hope to see you guys on a flying field again some time .
Hugh Edmunds .
SAMAA  2841 .
Cell . 082 893 1513
Now living in Kempton Park

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