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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.

What FAI does

FAI activities include the establishment of rules for the control and certification of world aeronautical and astronautical records. FAI establishes regulations for air sporting events which are organised by member countries throughout the world. FAI also promotes skill, proficiency and safety in aeronautics. FAI confers medals, diplomas and other awards to those who have contributed to the achievement of these aims as well as for work done in the restoration of old aircraft.

In achieving these goals, FAI brings together people who take part in air sports from all over the world. They share the delight of gliding, the excitement of parachuting and ballooning, the fun of flying microlights and exercise their skill in aerobatics.

Within the framework of FAI, each air sport has an International Commission which is responsible for making the rules for competitions and which generally oversees the activities of their particular air sport.

All FAI Contests, Championships and Record Setting activities are conducted under the direction of the FAI Air Sport Commissions.

Regulations, rules or recommendations which have been accepted by the Commissions during their annual meetings are followed up by the delegates themselves at the national level and with Member countries which need help developing their air sports.

To know more about the FAI, download a six-page long introduction to the FAI.

FAI Mission and Vision

The Mission and Vision statements help the Federation prioritise strategies and move steadily towards its objectives and goals. They complete and summarise the FAI objectives as appearing in the Statutes

The Mission Statement as appearing below, describes the reason for the FAI existence, and shall serve as an overall guide to priorities, actions and responsibilities.

"FAI - the global organisation for the promotion of air sports and recreational flying"

The Vision Statement outlines the clear and inspirational long-term desired change resulting from the Federation’s work:

"A world where safe participation in air sports and recreational flying 
is available to everyone at reasonable cost"


FAI Lausanne, Switzerland - Susanne Schödel, +41 21 345 1070, communication@fai.org
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, 0119733679, samaa-admin@mweb.co.za
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 1940s, and was the second majoe discipline to be flown in South Africa. With the advent of reliable radio control flying in about 1957, the control line discipline took a back seat to.........


Henry Kurowski, 0832430644, henry@dpower.co.za
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.

If you are a member of SAMAA and would like to come join us and see what we are about, just email our chairman for venues and dates until we get a calendar sorted. We encourage all shapes and sizes to come and we will be more than willing to help if you want to get into Large Scale Aerobatics.
At the end of the day, we are all just people doing what we love because we have a passion to fly.

If you are not a member of SAMAA or into model aircraft but would like to see these giants fly, just email the chairman.

Don't miss it.


Owen Vuyk, 083-276-9861, owen-vuyk@hotmail.com
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 representing South Africa at the F3A World Championships

Joining MAASA is as easy as completing the application form and paying the prescribed membership fee.
Download the schedules. Do a bit of reading and some practice. Check out the calendar of events for your next local event!

Aeromodelling in South Africa is regulated by SAMAA at national level. MAASA is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of SAMAA, promoting Precision Aerobatic RC flying, nationally with the support of Regional Representatives.
The regional representatives host regional events, training clinics and promote MAASA in their provinces. A MAASA committee is elected at the AGM held at the MAASA South African Nationals around Easter every year. The MAASA constitution, sporting code and other regulatory documents can be found on the Documents Pages.

MAASA is an Association that promotes Precision Aerobatics nationally and coordinates and supports the efforts of the regional representatives.
MAASA provides a basis for the uniform implementation of schedules, rules, and regulations and judging criteria. MAASA has coordinated and established a formal Framework for the development of aerobatic pilots, from Sportsman class to International F3A, together with suitable aerobatic schedules that are updated every two years.


Andre Stockwell, 0836454579, astockwell@cybertrade.co.za
Model Gliding Association -MGA

Model gliding has many facets, from the athletic activity of hand-launch gliders, to the exacting class of F3B Multi-task soaring........


Jan Sime, 082-556-1510, 1jansime@gmail.com
Model Helicopters South Africa - MHSA
MHSA is a Special Interest Group (Sig) formed to actively promote the assembly and flying of model helicopters under the auspices of SAMAA

Wessel Vosloo, 0826077686, wessel@generatrix.co.za
National Association of Scale Aeromodellers - NASA

NASA is a Special Interest Group of the South African Model Aircraft Association mainly concerned with the promotion of
Radio Control Scale competitions.


Koos Pretorius, 082-928-0368, 27725661765@vodamail.co.za
National Model Fun Fly Association - NMFFA

The competitive Fun Fly SIG is mandated to look after........

SA Model Jet Association - SAMJA

The objectives of SAMJA, as the officially recognised special interest group for Model Jet Aircraft by SAMAA, will be to:

5.1 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.

5.2 To foster camaraderie amongst Members of SAMJA.

5.3 To advance and protect the interests of all Members of SAMJA and persons engaged in the activities of SAMJA.

5.4 To create competitive opportunities and to regulate or contribute to the regulation of such activities, at local, national and international level.

5.5 To communicate and provide all relevant information to all Members of SAMJA and if applicable the South African community as a whole.

5.6 To establish links, relationships and to co-operate with National Interest Groups and model aircraft clubs, as well as international entities having the same objectives.

5.7 To promote and ensure at all times where possible the safe and responsible conduct of Members.

5.8 To define, promote, test and administer the minimum Proficiency (Vlamgat Rating) for SAMJA Members.

5.9 To have as its guiding principal, the interests of the model enthusiast as defined in Clause 5.1.


Zane Mannell, 082-827-8410, mannellz@sentech.co.za
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 3 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.

Chairman - Matthys Botha 073 895 9909
Vice Chairman - Russel van der Westhuizen


Matthys Botha, 073-895-9909, bothamj@hotmail.com
South African aviation authorities
Aero Club of South Africa - AeCSA

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


Kev Storie, 011 082 1100, kev@aeroclub.org.za
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, pierre@raasa.co.za
South African Civil Aviation Authority
The roles and responsibilities of the SACAA revolve around the following six areas of oversight:
Aircraft Safety
The Aircraft Safety Division is concerned with ensuring that all aircraft that fly in our airspace are airworthy. Included in the Division's mandate is the upkeep of the civilian aircraft register; ensuring that civilian aircraft are maintained in accordance with requirements, oversight of Aircraft Maintenance Organisations, the approval of aircraft modifications and Supplementary Type Certificates and to ascertain that maintenance engineers adhere to the applicable regulations.

Aviation Security
The mandate of the Aviation Security Division relates to the security of airports, air operators, cargo, the safe transportation of dangerous goods as well as the oversight of aviation security training organisations.

Air Safety Infrastructure

The Air Safety Infrastructure Division is responsible for ensuring that South African airports, helistops, heliports and airspace are safe. In addition, this division also ensures that off-airport structures that may affect the safety of air navigation comply with all safety standards as required by the Regulations. The division is also responsible for the approval of flight procedures and the licensing of Air Traffic Controllers. Furthermore, the division is responsible for the provision of aeronautical safety information to the industry in accordance with ICAO requirements.

Air Safety Operations

This division ensures the regulatory compliance and safety oversight of all Air Operators, Aviation Training Organisations, Designated Flight Examiners, Designated Aviation Medical Examiners and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. In addition, the Air Safety Operations Division is also responsible for Flight Inspections, Maintenance of Examinations, Testing Standards and Aviation Medical Standards in the South African aviation context. The division also certifies the safety compliance of Aviation Navigation Aids.

Risk and Compliance

Enterprise-Wide Risk Management forms an integral part of the SACAA's business processes and risk assessments, focused on the areas of Strategic ,Core, Operational and Support Service related risk. The Division also encompasses the Client Services, Aviation Personnel Licensing and Examinations as well as the Information Management Departments.

Accident and Incident Investigation

The AIID investigates accidents and incidents to determine the probable causes of such accidents. The investigation philosophy will ultimately result in the necessary corrective interventions being undertaken in order to prevent the recurrence of similar aircraft accidents. It is important to remember that investigations are not meant to apportion blame or legal liability.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the SACAA and the Department of Transport (DoT) regarding the separation of the duties of the Accident and Incident Investigation (AIID) Division from the SACAA.   The content of this MOU connotes that the staff complement of the AIID will report through the Executive Manager: AIID to a nominated official in DoT on a functional basis.  However, AIID will continue to be part of the SACAA administratively.


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