SA teens build plane to fly from Cape to Cairo
17-year-old Megan Werner initiated this project under her foundation U Dream Global. The teen pilot, author, and motivational speaker was sparked by her passion to inspire others.
Following final inspections and flight certification, Megan and other teen co-pilots are set to fly the light aircraft charting across Africa to visit towns and cities in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea to Egypt and a return trip that will include Uganda, Rwanda, and Zambia.
Megan chats to Melanie Rice about the project.
I decided to take my love for aviation and my passion for inspiring people and came up with the idea of twenty teenagers building a plane and flying across Africa.Megan Werner, Project leader, teen pilot, motivational speaker and author
She wrote her first book at age 13 after overcoming a series of teen problems and felt she could help others with similar challenges.
Teens had to send in a 1-minute WhatsApp video explaining why they wanted to part of the project.
We got thousands of videos.Megan Werner, Project leader, teen pilot, motivational speaker and author
200 teens were then chosen to attend the selection process.
They had to do activities and we saw who had the most energy and enthusiasm.Megan Werner, Project leader, teen pilot, motivational speaker and author
From this process, 40 teens had to face a panel of judges and 20 were finally chosen to build the plane.
It is a 4-seater Sling 4.
The group had mentors and engineers helping the teens build the plane.
The plane is built and ready and plans to depart from Cape Town for Cairo on 15 June.
To raise funds to cover the costs of fuel, accommodation, crew support, commercial flights, branding and documentation of the trip, the team hopes to raise a total of R350 000 through a campaign launched on the donation-based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy.
Listen to her inspirational journey below:
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