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Tribute to: Werner Nel

Werner Nel thought his flying career had come to an abrupt end after a serious motorbike accident in 2009 in which he lost his left leg from above the knee. Instead of accepting his fate he Werner became more determined to achieve his childhood dream of flying aerobatics. Werner grew up around aircraft, his father was a pilot with South African Airways and also the owner and chief flying instructor at Pretoria Flying school. Tragically before Werner started his flight training his father passed away in an aircraft accident while flying in the Congo. At the age of seventeen Werner started his training completing his private pilot’s licence (PPL) in 2007 he immediately started working towards his commercial pilots licence (CPL). Werner’s progress on his CPL was halted abruptly on the 7th October 2009, while out riding his motorcycle, another one of Werner’s loves, he had a very serious accident. His left leg was severely damaged and had to be amputated. While in hospital Werner made the decision to get back in the air as soon as he could, this determination to fly kept him going through the tough times as he learnt to deal with his new circumstances. A very good friend brought Werner a Teddy Bear while he was in intensive care, no one at the time had an idea of how important that little bear would become. “Flying Bear” a non-profit organization inspired by the teddy bear was born. Werner's dream to assist young amputees to live a happy and successful life becoming anything they want to be became a reality.