Cape Academy helps learners soar
Shaheer Van Duyn, a Grade 12 learner at the Cape Academy for Mathematics, Science and Technology (CAMST) in Constantia, recently completed his first solo flight as part of an aviation course at the school.
CAMST offers learners a quality three year aviation programme which is accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of SA.
Learners at CAMST are exposed to an endless list of aviation-related career opportunities like becoming a pilot, engineer (mechanical-, civil-, aeronautical), an aeronautical medical practitioner, air traffic controller, mechanic, electrician or aircraft builder or designer.
As part of the cadet programme, with the Morningstar Flight Academy to obtain a private pilot’s licence, learners study theory at school and complete the practical aspect at the Morningstar Airfield.
Shaheer said his passion for aviation was kindled by a visit to the Ysterplaat Airshow. “I went for a flight in a Douglas DC9 and a C130 Hercules at Air Force Base Ysterplaat. The pilot skilfully did some aerobatic manoeuvres which was amazing and guess what … I was allowed to sit in the cockpit. I was truly intrigued and I knew from that moment that I was meant to study aviation.”
CAMST Principal Angie Naidu said due to the cadet pilots performing so well, the interest in aviation has grown at the school and this year the academy will have two classes with a total of 26 learners from Grade 10 starting the aviation modules.