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Engineering is what makes the world go round and for this group of South African teenagers, that’s almost exactly what they done. The group of 20 students build a homemade 4-seater Sling 4 aircraft and it has successfully landed in Egypt 3 weeks after it set off from Cape Town.

In total, the crew landed in Namibia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Uganda during their 12,000km (7,455 mile) adventure. The pilot (Megan Wener) aged just 17, who is also the founder of U-Dream Global project was overjoyed by the accomplishment and said "I'm so honoured to have made a difference around the continent at the places we've stopped. The purpose of the initiative is to show Africa that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.”

Although they weren’t on their own - Another Sling 4 plane was flown by professional pilots and they accompanied the teen flyers, whose goal was to give motivational talks for other teenagers along the way.

But how did they build the aircraft? Well, it took the teenagers 3 weeks to build the aircraft from a kit manufactured in South Africa by the Airplane Factory. The actual construction of the aircraft was made by assembling 1,000’s of small parts. Baring this in mind, it would normally take 3,000 man-hours to assemble a Sling 4 aircraft.

There was a total of 6 people in the group to have obtained a pilot’s license, and the 6 all shared flying duties in their homemade aircraft, which is showcases maps of Africa on both wings together with sponsors' logos.

“The safety pilot and I flew alone for 10 hours, without the support aircraft, so it was two teenagers, all by ourselves with no support," Megan said.

Credit to this group of South African students for mastering an engineering project as complex as this, the sky really is the limit for this group.

(Credit: BBC News)

We are now stocking a new 3-axis M-DRO Digital Readout Kit with Magnetic Encoders which is custom-designed to fit onto the Chester Machine Tools Champion 16V Milling Machine. Click here to view product listing.

This is a specific kit with CNC machined brackets and step by step, full-colour install guide to assist with the installation. A robust non-contact system with the magnetic encoder being fully sealed to IP67 and flexible armoured cable. Suitable for the 500mm x 140mm table and with minimal modification, this kit would also fit the Warco WM14.

For more information on our DRO Kits, please click here or contact our Technical Product Specialist on 01992 455921.

We always welcome reviews from customers (written or video) and we’re very happy to see DoubleBoost have included a short review on their new Moore & Wright Micrometer Set purchased from us.

Watch the full videohere (our review starts from 6:15mins) or to find out more about this Micrometer Set (Part No. MW215-03BL), please click here.

Alternatively, you can contact our Technical Product Specialist on 01992 455921 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Today marks the global celebration of the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world and is celebrated annually on the first Friday of August. It’s a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders and rejoice in the greatness of beer.

We created a graphic with some interesting beer-related facts that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as cracking open a cold one. Cheers to that!

The world of F1 is the pinnacle of technology in sport, which is why the best equipment and most precise measuring tools are used across all F1 teams.

In a video posted by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, it shows Valtteri Bottas being shown around PETRONAS University of Technology in Brackley, including a demo of the Baty SM350 Vertical Profile Projector. Precision and accuracy is an extremely high priority when working with the engineering of a Formula 1 car, hence why Baty Profile Projectors such as the one mentioned can be found in workshops such as those in the PETRONAS University of Technology. You can find the full video here.

Short Overview of the Baty SM350 Vertical Profile Projector
Built and designed in the UK - the Baty SM350 bench mount vertical profile projector has a 350mm screen and combines high accuracy non-contact measurement and inspection with a large 250mm x 125mm measuring range. The horizontal light path is ideally suited to turn machined parts using a range of optional accessories and is fitted with a TOUCH SCREEN DRO driven by the 2D Fusion inspection software and optical edge sensor for automatic data point entry.

Find out more about the Baty SM350 Vertical Profile Projector on our website, alternatively, you can contact our Technical Product Specialist for more information or a demo on 01992 455921.


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