Aviation in spotlight

2016-06-22 06:00
HELICOPTER PILOT Ishmael Mokoena, (third from right, back row) with scores of Botshabelo school learners who attended a one-day career exhibition on aviation at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo. The career exhibition forms part of Youth Month, marking 40 years since the 1976 uprising by school children in Soweto. Photo: Supplied

HELICOPTER PILOT Ishmael Mokoena, (third from right, back row) with scores of Botshabelo school learners who attended a one-day career exhibition on aviation at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo. The career exhibition forms part of Youth Month, marking 40 years since the 1976 uprising by school children in Soweto. Photo: Supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

AVIATION remains a lucrative career field despite not enjoying as much exposure as non-airspace careers. Existing careers in the aviation industry took centre stage at the Aviation Career Exhibition which was held for learners from schools in Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu on Friday, 3 June.

The chief objective of the aviation career exhibition was to introduce learners to exciting aerospace careers and opportunities to broaden learners’ choices. A total of 32 schools from within Mangaung (Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu) attended the one-day career exhibition, which exposed several learners to opportunities in aviation.

The event was co-hosted by major aviation companies, which included South African Airways, the South African Airforce, the Civil Aviation Authority, the National Department of Transport, and the Police Airwing.

Ishmael Mokoena, a qualified pilot who also owns the aviation company Westline Aviation Academy, said the career exhibition was significant in informing the learners about careers in the aviation industry and the subjects required to enter the field.

Subjects required are Mathematics and Science, level three for technical. Candidates attaining level five to six can pursue the career of a pilot. “Initial or ab-initio training is about a year, then two years second phase. Then eight to ten years for the final phase to be an airline captain,” said Mokoena.

He said height was not an issue. Only BMI (body mass index) should correspond with the candidate’s age. BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the height in meters.

Mokoena said following huge interest, the organisers were planning to host the aviation career expo annually, hoping to make it even bigger.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.