Middelberg Aeroclub

Middelburg airfield was initially located in Aerorand, Middelburg, and then relocated to the present location in 1981. It is here that the “Middelburg Vliegklub” was established in 1983. The club failed to gain momentum and in 1986 the club changed to the Middelburg Gliding Club, which still exists to this day.

Grade

Epic

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Nearby

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

Middelburg airfield was initially located in Aerorand, Middelburg, and then relocated to the present location in 1981. It is here that the “Middelburg Vliegklub” was established in 1983. The club failed to gain momentum and in 1986 the club changed to the Middelburg Gliding Club, which still exists to this day.

In 1990, the Middelburg Aerodrome Controlling Body was formed, but sadly also struggled to gain much support. The dedicated member them formed the Middelburg Aero Club (MAC) in June 2002, under the chairmanship of Ben van der Merwe.

In 1985, the first Middelburg Airshow was presented. After that, the community had to wait 24 years for the next airshow in 2009. This airshow was organized by a very unexperienced team, but it turned out to be a huge success. The airshow was rated as one of the top 5 best airshows in South Africa. In 2010, the Middelburg Air Show was rated the second best airshow in South Africa. Airfield:
The Middelburg airfield was built in the early 1970’s for use as base point for the still operational 4SAI military base. Interestingly enough, Middelburg Aero Club (MAC) originated by members of the still active glider club.
Since those humble beginnings with dusty taxiways and only one hangar, MAC has grown immensely to become one of the most active flying clubs in the country.

We proudly boast a large variety of aircraft at our field including gliders, microlites, general aviation, Pipers and Cessna’s to an array of crop sprayers and fighter jets.
Conveniently situated approximately 6 kilometres to the north of Middelburg CBD, MAC proudly entertains three flight schools as well as a well-operated fuel bay with both AVGAS and Jet-A1.

History of Aviation in Middelburg:
Middelburg airfield was initially located in Aero and, Middelburg, and then relocated to the present location in 1981. It is here that the “Middelburg Vliegklub” was established in 1983. The club failed to gain momentum and in 1986 the club changed to the Middelburg Gliding Club, which still exists to this day.

In 1990, the Middelburg Aerodrome Controlling Body was formed, but sadly also struggled to gain much support. The dedicated member them formed the Middelburg Aero Club (MAC) in June 2002, under the chairmanship of Ben van der Merwe.
In 1985, the first Middelburg Airshow was presented. After that, the community had to wait 24 years for the next airshow in 2009. This airshow was organized by a very unexperienced team, but it turned out to be a huge success. The airshow was rated as one of the top 5 best airshows in South Africa. In 2010, the Middelburg Air Show was rated the second best airshow in South Africa.

At this stage, MAC gained tremendous momentum and huge growth and improvement was visible at our airfield under the leadership of Richard Lovett and his successor as Chairman, Franco van der Merwe. Franco and his team convinced Richard to lead the team to once again host the 2016 Middelburg Airshow because of his previous experience, and he was promptly appointed as Event Organizer. In 2016 Middelburg was rated as the fourth best airshow in South Africa and attracted almost 12000 people.
Wayne van Rooyen was appointed as chairman of MAC in 2016. The enthusiastic airshow management has once again embarked on planning the Middelburg Airshow 2017, which will be held on 24 June.

MAC is currently a vibrant community of enthusiastic aviators. Our airfield is proud to host various aviation businesses, an of late three aviation training organizations, namely iFlight Aviation, Microflyers Flight School, and Middelburg Gliding Club that together covers all forms of aviation training.

Thank you to the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, members of MAC, all our sponsors, individuals and the surrounding community who make it possible for so many people to enjoy the gift of aviation.
We hope that you as website visitor will contact us and come and you enjoy a flight at our beautiful airfield. We are keen aviators who like to share our love for flying.

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