For centuries, the freedom of flight has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people. The possibilities and adventures that flight offered are endless. As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
Trevor Wolfaardt is a man’s whose eyes have been turned skywards. His love for aviation is unrivalled through his passion for model aircraft and remote-control flight.
As the chairperson of the Newcastle Model Aircraft Club, where did Trevor’s passion for model planes begin?
“I have always had a passion for aviation and as a child, I would even do cartoons of planes,” Trevor begins.
However, he was not in a situation where he could be exposed to planes and model aircraft. As he grew older, he threw himself into various sports, from amateur wrestling to rugby and cricket. However, his passion for aviation never faded.
It was through cricket that he was eventually exposed to aviation.
“I played cricket with Quentin Ferreira and I got to know about the model aircraft club through him. I decided to give it a look and watch the guys fly their planes. It was fascinating and the bug bit immediately.”
Now, five and half years later, Trevor has truly immersed himself into model aircraft world. What was once a hobby, is now a way of life.
“I took to it like a fish to water. I am a technical person and model crafts is a hands-on hobby, where you need to be technical and get involved. You are always learning something, especially when you watch the professionals.”
However, Trevor says it also allows a person to escape their routines, as they watch their planes soar through the air.
While some might think that model aircraft is a hobby, Trevor adds there is the potential for professional careers in remote control flying.
“Schools do not teach flying, but it is the way of the future. Especially if you look at professional drone pilots and remote airplane pilots. These are people who need to know the technical aspects of their aircraft, the legal regulations and aviation rules. Clubs such as the Newcastle Model Aircraft Club is the starting point,” Trevor emphasises.
Through the guidance of those in model aircraft clubs, youngsters can learn about an entirely new world. A world where they can reach for the skies.
However, even if one does not choose to pursue a career in remote control flying, Trevor says the camaraderie found among fellow members of the model aircraft club is unrivalled. It offers aviation enthusiasts the chance to become friends and family.
It is a club where members reach for the skies every weekend, embracing the freedom that the heavens have to offer.
For those who wish to join the Newcastle Model Aircraft Club, Trevor can be contacted on 083 647 6399.