Open cockpit epic flight 2013

These two South African adventurers will set off on 10 May 2013 on an epic bucket list microlight trip to Namibia. They will need your support and it’s all for a good cause. They will try to raise at least R125 000 so that 25 kids can reach their dreams.


Louis Cole is a retired policeman, 60 years old and have been flying microlights since 1994. This trip has been on his bucket list for 5 years. On his private game reserve with own runway and hangar he lives his dream and feeds his passion for nature and wide open spaces.

Paul van Schalkwyk is fast approaching 69 years young. He started his flying passion with pigeons … and then kites. He turned 65 before graduating as pilots. Paul says: “I still work, eight hours a day, and in fact probably work harder now than in the past 20 years. I have a venue for Quads and Microlights and consequently spend every weekend at the farm, welcoming guests and ensuring that they are well-looked after.” Since receiving his pilot’s licence he clocked more than 600 flying hours around the country and even landed at least once in some foreign country without knowing it.

We wish them all the best on this epic journey. Their trip and blog can be followed at