A group of South African teenagers has arrived in Addis Ababa after flying thousands of miles with assembled a four-seater airplane, Ethiopian Press Agency reports.
Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Science and Technology, met and discuss with a 17-year-old teen pilot Megan Werner founded U-Dream Global.
Werner and some of her colleagues left Cape Town this week for a round-trip flight to Cairo, with stops in 11 countries along the way.
The plane which is made by South African youth indicates that Africans can create technology, Getahun said.
A group of 20 built the aircraft in two weeks under the guidance of The Airplane Factory, U-Dream mentors and five team leaders from Denel Aviation.
The area doesn’t,t affect innovation and creativity, this invention of the technology show that nothing is impossible if youth are given opportunities and support, the minister said.
The minister also said that It will create a great motivation to Ethiopian youth.
“The purpose is to show Africa and even the world that anything is possible if you set your mind to it,” said Megan Werner founded U-Dream
The youth will fly back to South Africa via Egyp, according to Getahun.
The flight will take the team through cities in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea on their way to Egypt. The normal flight time in a commercial passenger jet is about 12 hours, and for the group, safety is a primary concern.
Once they reach Cairo, the group plans to fly home to SA. The return leg is expected to include cities in Uganda, Rwanda, and Zambia. “The challenge is called Cape To Cairo, but the plan is actually Cape to Cairo and back again,” said Werner.