Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Meet the man who built his own plane from scratch, using second-hand parts and YouTube tutorials

(Sep 15, 2015, (Telegraph UK))--When he was a child in Ethiopia, Asmelash Zerefu dreamt he would one day fly a plane. Jonathan Wells talks to the prospective pilot about the struggle to get his plans off the ground.

His social media pages are plastered with praise for the Wright Brothers, and inspirational quotes such as Mandela's "Everything seems impossible until it is done" and Thomas Edison's “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” punctuate pictures of his own attempts at aviation.

Suffice to say, Asmelash Zerefu is a man with great belief. The 35-year old Ethiopian has suffered countless setbacks in his mission to become a pilot, and despite still never having even set foot on a plane - let alone fly one - the amateur aircraft builder refuses to give up on his dream.

Fifteen years ago, Zerefu decided to leave the world of academia behind in order to pursue his passion of flight - despite scoring a GPA (grade point average) of 3.8 out of 4.0 at high school, and being accepted onto university courses for both Public Health and Civil Engineering. Read more from Telegraph UK »

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