Tonight with Lester Podcast

Teenagers built their own plane


Guest : Megan Werner

A group of teenagers will be leaving on a journey from Cape Town to Cairo with their
own self-assembled plane which took them three weeks to build.
Twenty teenagers from different backgrounds all participated in the construction of the
Sling-4 aircraft which was completed in June last year.
Another few teenagers who have their pilot licences will be flying the aircraft with a
senior pilot.
The team is set to embark on their journey on June 12.
The Sling-4 aircraft seats four individuals and there will also be a support plane flying
with the aircraft.
Teen pilot and founder of U Dream Global, Megan Werner, 17, said: “When we started
building the aircraft, we didn’t know anything about aviation and we had to learn about
all the tools and learning to read the engineering drawings was also quite a challenge.”
Teen plane builders work on their Sling-4 aircraft, which they will use on their journey
from Cape to Cairo on June 12. Picture: Supplied
U Dream Global is an non-profit organisation that aims to support and transform the
lives of young people.
The teenagers will visit various cities and villages during their five-week journey
through Africa. The destinations to be visited include Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi,
Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt. They will also make a stop in Uganda,
Rwanda and Zambia on their way back.
“We will also be giving inspirational talks to the locals at the different destinations and
will offer them a first time experience on the aircraft because many of these people has
never seen or even been on a plane before,” Werner said.
Fund-raiser manager for the U Dream global Cape to Cairo project, Simon Manda said:
“These teenagers have built something that will create waves in Africa.
“They are showing everyone what South African youth are capable of even though some
of them come from difficult backgrounds.”
The team would like to raise funds to help cover the costs. A campaign has been
launched on the crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy where they hope to raise
R350000.

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