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NASAFI http://www.nasafi.org.za
International aviation authorities
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI - The World Air Sports Federation, was founded in 1905. It is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organisation with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide, ratifying world and continental records and coordinating the organisation of international competitions.

After a century of steady growth, FAI is now an organisation of more than   100 member   countries, forming a strong network linking all those who participate in air sports worldwide.


FAI Lausanne, Switzerland - Susanne Schödel, +41 21 345 1070, +41 21 345 1070
Other aeromodelling sites

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SAMAA Membership Administration
SAMAA Membership Portal

Visit the SAMAA membership portal, to do an online application (NO log-in required). View SAMAA registered clubs. Members may log in and manage their own profile (address or telephone number change).


Bob Skinner, 011-973-3679, [email protected]
SAMAA Special Interest Groups
Control Line Association of South Africa - CLASA

The activity of Control Line flying in South Africa, goes back to the late 1940's, and was the second major discipline to be flown in South Africa. There are four categories for Control Line competition and these are; stunt, team racing, combat, and speed. The extra event that is not part of the normal FAI competitions is scale.


Theo Kleynhans, 083-725-9279, [email protected]

Fly FPV SA is a Special Interest Group under the South African Model Aircraft Association (SAMAA) and is tasked with promoting safe First Person View (FPV) flying and competitions in South Africa.
Flying a Multi-rotor aircraft designed for filming such as the Dji Phantom is not the same as flying FPV even though they share some similarities they have a completely different set of rules and procedures, you do not need a licence to fly FPV however it is recommended you obtain a SAMAA multi-rotor Line Of Sight (LOS) and FPV proficiency ratings that indicates you have the skills and knowledge to pilot a multi-rotor aircraft.


Large Scale Aerobatics - LSA

Large Scale Aerobatics is a SIG (Special Interest Group) affiliated with SAMAA whereby we fly large scale aerobatic aircraft in competitions to test our skill and sometimes our nerves.
Large Scale Aerobatics has been running for a number of years, but of late, has needed a change in order to get known worldwide so that our top pilots may compete with the best of the best in the world, and we know that they will make us proud.


Model Aerobatic Association of South Africa - MAASA

Precision Aerobatics is an addiction, as well as an international sport that demands discipline. As with all addictions, you need to TRY it before you can become hooked.
You need to understand the rules of the sport which are defined by the FAI Sporting code and amended for local use in the Sporting Code.
To become a proficient aerobatic pilot takes years of practice and dedication, and the improvement to your flying skills will be immediately apparent. The self satisfaction, as each new skill is learnt and perfected, will be on-going and can culminate in a pilot representing South Africa at the bi-annual FAI F3A World Championships.


Model Gliding Association -MGA

Model gliding has many facets, from the athletic activity of hand-launch gliders, to the exciting class of the F3B Multi-task soaring. The MGA has always been proud to promote its pilots's sporting achievements; SA has been represented with honour internationally by our RC Glider pilots. It is generally recognised that to compete at the highest level within a discipline inherently implies that a reasonable standard or skill has been achieved.


Brett Lewis,
Model Helicopters South Africa

MHSA is a Special Interest Group (SIG) formed to actively promote the assembly and flying of model helicopters under the auspices of SAMAA. There can be little doubt that the flying of radio controlled helicopters is the most challenging of all remote controlled flying model classes. "Most challenging" does not mean that it is either the ultimate or the best - that is for the individual to decide for himself.


Carlo Steyn, 083-292-2145, 083-292-2145
National Association of Scale Aeromodellers - NASA

NASA is the Special Interest Group of the South African Model Aircraft Association that is involved with the development of the competitive aspects of scale aeromodelling. Locally, NASA has created the structure for regions to participate in the Series Scale competitions in order that participants may qualify for participation at the annual SA Scale Masters event which is usually held in March of every year. Furthermore, NASA has the responsibility to ensure that a Nationals for Scale is run every year, either as a Scale Nationals, or in combination with some of the other disciplines of aeromodelling. These two competitions form the basis for the selection of a National Team to represent the country every second year at the World Championships for Scale Model Aircraft (Class F4), which is organised under the auspices of the CIAM of the FAI. South Africa has a proud record of achievement at the World Championships.


Koos Pretorius, 082-928-0368,
National Model Fun Fly Association - NMFFA

Fun Fly competitions are open to any club in South Africa. What is very attractive is that the planes are relatively inexpensive.


Wayne Urquhart,
SA Model Jet Association - SAMJA

The objectives of the SAMJA, as the officially-recognised special interest group for the Model Jet Aircraft by SAMAA, will be to: Advance and encourage all aspects of the building and flying of Turbine Model Jet Aircraft, Ducted Fan Jet Aircraft and any Model Aircraft using jet propulsion, excluding rocket power; to foster camaraderie amongst members of SAMJA; to advance and protect the interest of all members of SAMJA and persons engaged in the activities of SAMJA; to crreate competitive opportunities and to regulate or contribute to the regulation of such activities, at local, national and international level. To communicate and provide all relevant information to all members of SAMJA and if applicable to the South African community as a whole.


Dean Grobbelaar, 082-338-9508, 082-338-9508
South African Miniature Pylon Racing Association - SAMPRA

Radio Control Pylon racing is an adrenaline rush like few others offered in RC. Racing head- to-head against three other pilots around the course tests your flying ability and will leave you craving more.Pylon Races are not just for pilots, but are great events for spectators, too. There is a lot going on during a pylon race—and flying is only part of the activity.


Matthys Botha, 073-895-9909, [email protected]
South African Model Parachute Enthusiasts

SAMPE focus on competitive Model Parachute Enthusiasts in hoping to provide a participative national footprint for the future.

Our key objective is to grow the hobby into a sport with possible international participation or events hosting.


Pieter Mulder, 082-828-5719, 082-828-5719
South African aviation authorities
Aero Club of South Africa - AeCSA

The Aero Club of South Africa.......


011-082-1100 ,
Recreation Aviation Administration South Africa - RAASA

RAASA was established to discharge specific functions designated to it, by the South African Civil Aviation Authority. Following the first three years of designation, the SACAA renewed the agreement of designation, which not only brought South Africa in line with international practice, but solidified the role of RAASA in handling National specific issues relating Non-Type-Certificated Aircraft, its operation and airworthiness requirements.
This industry responded very well to the new structure, and has pledged support and co-operation in making this initiative a success.

A major part of the success of the organisation stems from the staff’s direct proximity to, and involvement in the aviation activities and its participants.
We extend our sincere thanks to all those who have supported RAASA through its formative years, and are looking forward to extending the service and responsibilities to the aviation community in cooperation and interaction with the SACAA and other regulating bodies.
We look forward to being of continued service!


Pierre Laubscher - Operations Manager, 011 082 1000, [email protected]
South African Civil Aviation Authority
The roles and responsibilities of the SACAA revolve around the following six areas of oversight:
  1. Aircraft Safety.
  2. Aviation Securtiy.
  3. Air Safety Infrastructure.
  4. Air Safety Operations.
  5. Risk and Compliance.
  6. Accident and Incident Investigation.



011 545 1000,
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