One Of The Most Beautiful Airfields In South Africa
The Stellenbosch Airfield Is Also Home To The Stellenbosch Flight Training Centre
Established in 1973, the Stellenbosch Flying Club is located amongst the picturesque mountains and vineyards of the Cape Winelands.
Possibly one of the most beautiful airfields in South Africa, the Stellenbosch Flying Club is popular among aviators and aviation enthusiasts from all walks of life. Our Club is a traditional flying club, where our core focus is to provide a home for the recreational and aspirant aviator and promote General Aviation.
The Stellenbosch Airfield is also home to the Stellenbosch Flight Training Centre. A well-established facility that offers training from PPL to ATPL, and everything in between! This is possibly the most beautiful flight training school in the Western Cape! Stop by, bring the kids, and come relax on the grass at our Restaurant for lunch with a view.
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Stellenbosch Flying Club is a South African Civil Aviation Authority (SA-CAA) approved examination centre.
The PPL examinations are written ‘on-line’ using our computer based Examination Management System in our examination room facility.
-The PPL subjects
-Restricted Radio Licence exam
-Night Rating Exam
-Foreign Licence Validation (Air Law exam)
-Foreign Licence Conversion (Air Law, Meteorology, Flight Performance and Planning)
The Stellenbosch Flying Club’s braai facilities, clubhouse, and club hangars are available to rent for functions and events. Over the years the Stellenbosch Flying Club has played host to birthday parties, Christmas parties, weddings, and end-of-year functions.
Please Enquire For:
-Motor Car Breakfast
We Cater for These Events & More!
-Club Members night (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
-Year End Functions
-21st Birthday Parties
-Big Screen LIVE Rugby
-Special events Catering
The circuit must be joined at 1800ft to the eastern side of the airfield. All circuits must be flown at 1300ft to the western side of the field.
Left-hand circuits are to be flown off runway 01.
Right-hand circuits are to be flown off runway 19.
Approved Special Rules For Stellenbosch
Please note that there has been a circuit change at FASH effective 15 November 2011.
Fuel And Parking:
Avgas AND Mogass is available between 08h00 and 18h00
Should you wish to refuel at any other time, you will be liable to pay a call-out fee.
Please take caution when taxi-ing on the grass; there might be soft ground or holes. Please push/pull your aircraft on to the taxi-way before starting it.
Parking Fees (new!) as at 2018
-Single Engine – R50/day
-Twin Engine – R60/day
-Larger than twin – R100/day
– Please remember to pay your parking fees at the Fuel Bay!
– Parking Fees only come into effect after two days.
Also Please Take Note Of The Following:
Night Flying circuit training will be restricted to Tuesday evenings ONLY till 90 minutes after sunset and for the use of approved club members only.
Circuit training from 07h00 – Sunset during the week, and 07h00 – 14h00 on Saturdays (NO CIRCUIT TRAINING on Sunday and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS). No fixed wings/helicopters to over fly the town of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek below 2000 feet, including HELSHOOGTE and the various VALLEYS in the MUNICIPAL AREA. This excludes take-off and landing.Commercial flights to and from Stellenbosch airfield need written pre-approval by the Safety Officer or Chairman of the Club for each flight.
1. All Members:
1.1 No Club assets, facilities, aircraft or aircraft hired through the Club may be used unless these regulations are observed.
1.2 The rates for hiring any of the assortment of club facilities and assets will be revised from time to time. No exceptions to the rates or deviations from the terms are allowed unless considered and authorized by the club committee.
1.3 Any infringement of these rules will be subject to such penalties as may be imposed or decided from time to by the Committee. Should a waiver to a rule be desired, a written request must to be made to the committee for the waiver. A written reply from the committee is required before any deviation from the rules may take place. Failure to follow this procedure may lead to the termination or suspension of membership, or a fine as the Committee sees fit.
1.4 Accredited flying instructors and all Stellenbosch Flying Club, Training- and Administration Centre personnel, whilst in the employ of the Club, are considered members in good standing without having to pay subscriptions. Such members will not have voting rights. On losing accreditation as an instructor or when resigning or being dismissed as an employee so are the ‘member privileges’ lost. An application may be made to join as a conventional member in the usual manner as soon as desired.
1.5 A member in good standing is any person who’s Membership the Committee has approved and whose subscriptions and all other commitments are fully paid.
1.6 All temporary members will be considered members in good standing with all the privileges of a full member but have no voting rights.
1.7 No assets may be based, or remain on the airfield that do not belong to full members of the club. Only full members may own assets based on the airfield.
2. Member Responsibilities In Respect Of Guests And Visitors At Sfc:
2.1 With the exception of those specifically identified, all visitors and guests are welcome at SFC.
2.2 The clubhouse is restricted to members and their guests.
2.3 The club liquor license restricts the sale of liquor to members and their signed in guests. The responsibility of signing in guests rests with the member.
2.4 Non Fly-in visitors may go airside when accompanied by a member, as a guest of the member. The member is responsible for ensuring their guest is familiar with the relevant rules of the club and that these are adhered to.
2.5 Members must ensure that non fly-in guests and social members that make use of aircraft and the club’s airside facilities more frequently than once in every sixty days must apply to join the club as appropriate members.
3. Flying And Club Membership:
3.1 No pilot will be allowed to use any Club aircraft unless he/she is a full member, country member, or a temporary member, and in good standing or authorised by the committee in writing.
3.2 Approval of club membership will be subject to the following being met – Committee approval, payment of Membership and if applicable excess insurance fees as well as joining fees paid in full.
3.3 No Pilot will be allowed to use a club aircraft unless such a pilot has completed a dual check with an approved SFC instructor in the six months preceding the date of the flight.
3.4 The dual check referred to in 2.3 above will be subject to, but not limited to the following and shall be done by a grade I, II or III instructor authorised by the CFI: * Circuits and Landings. * Stellenbosch Flying Club procedures and rules. * Emergency procedures specific to the aircraft. * Knowledge of local airspace and procedures. * Any other exercise deemed appropriate by the checking Instructor. * A dual check endorsement in the Pilot’s Logbook.
4. Booking Of Club Aircraft (And Instructors):
4.1 Aircraft must be booked in the Bookings Register (on line “book-a-flight” system), in person, or by arrangement with the Training Centre.
4.2 Cancellations of bookings must be made in person, or by arrangement with the Training Centre, giving at least 24 hours notice. Failure to do so will result in the member being charged a non utilization fee of 1/3 of the aircraft’s rate for 2/3 of the booked time.
4.3 If a booking is not taken up within 15 minutes after the scheduled time, other members can make use of the aircraft.
4.4 Aircraft must be returned 15 minutes prior to the next booking commencing time.
4.5 Any booked flight must fly for a minimum of two-thirds of the booked time. Failure to do so shall result in the difference being charged to the pilot.
5. Pilot Responsibility:
5.1 The pilot is responsible for the condition of the aircraft after every flight.
5.2 The pilot is responsible for checking that the aircraft is in proper order before flying.
5.3 The pilot is responsible for recording any fault found in the REMARKS column in the flight folio.
5.4 The pilot-in-command is responsible for ensuring that all flying and flying training is conducted strictly in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulations and Technical Standards relating to parts 61, 91 and 141, “ Notice to Airmen” (NOTAMS) and Aeronautical Information Circulars “ (AIC’s) published by the South African Civil Aviation (SACAA) and any other legal requirement which may be applicable.
5.5 No Pilot shall fly a club aircraft or operate their own aircraft whilst on the club’s training license for reward.
6. Training And Student Pilots:
6.1 No student pilot may fly a Club Aircraft without being authorized to do so by an accredited SFC instructor.
6.2 No student may perform solo spins in the Club aircraft unless he/she is authorized to do so by an accredited SFC instructor.
6.3 No student pilot may do low flying i.e. flight below 500 ft AGL, in a Club Aircraft unless accompanied by an accredited SFC Instructor, or in the event of an emergency or for the purpose of taking off and landing. In all cases the Civil Aviation regulations, Stellenbosch Flying club Manual of procedures and technical standards apply.
6.4 Students receiving instruction from SFC accredited instructors will not be billed by SFC for the instruction. The instructors do their own billing and this is to be settled by the student with the instructor directly.
7. Prohibited Manoeuvres In Club Aircraft:
7.1 The following manoeuvres are prohibited in club aircraft or any aircraft being operated under the ATO approval of the Stellenbosch Flying club: 1) Any aerobatic manoeuvres. 2) Any manoeuvre outside the limitations of that aircraft’s pilot’s operating handbook. 3) Any form of formation flying.
8. Landings In Club Aircraft:
8.1 Landings in Club Aircraft are restricted to licensed airfields and recognized landing areas, unless authorized by the Chief Flying Instructor.
8.2 It is the responsibility of the pilot to check the serviceability of any landing area beforehand since many airfields in Southern Africa are not maintained regularly.
8.3 At least one inspection run over any unfamiliar airfield prior to landing is required.
8.4 Any damage or injuries sustained when attempting landings at unlicensed airfields are the responsibility of the pilot in command.
9. Away Landings And Flights:
9.1 Members intending an overnight away flight in a club aircraft must submit an ‘away flight form’ to the CFI who will at his discretion approve or refuse the application.
9.2 When Club aircraft are hired by members for an extended period, members are required to fly at least an average of two hours per day.
9.3 All “away” landing fees are the responsibility of the pilot for immediate payment, or will be for his/her account.
9.4 In the case where fuel or oil has to be purchased, such uplifts shall be paid by the pilot and the relevant slips must be retained and handed to the Club administration personal before credit can be passed. Such a credit shall be based on the SFC Members fuel and oil price at Stellenbosch at the time of purchase and any difference in price shall be for the pilot’s account.
9.5 Should an aircraft be unable to return to Stellenbosch due to mechanical defect, the pilot shall be liable for the cost to either get an engineer to the site or the ferry cost to get the aircraft back to Stellenbosch.
10. Incidents & Accidents In Club Aircraft:
10.1 Every flying member or pilot shall report heavy landings or any Incident which might have resulted in damage or strain to the Club aircraft. Such incidents will be reported to the Chief Flying Instructor or a Flight School Committee Member immediately and noted in the flight folio. The continued fitness for use of the aircraft is to be determined by a qualified inspection.
10.2 In the event of any incident or damage to any Club Aircraft, the pilot hiring the aircraft may be responsible for payment of the excess on the insurance claim should negligence be proved.
10.3 All members or pilots must report any hazard or incident that could adversely affect the safety of flight and ground operations at Stellenbosch, to the Flight Safety Officer as soon as possible.
10.4 In the event of an accident or incident in a club aircraft, or an aircraft operating under the ATO approval of the Stellenbosch Flying Club, such an incident or accident must be reported and the procedures under the Club’s emergency response plan contained in the Training Procedures Manual should be followed.
11. Noise Abatement:
11.1 The Stellenbosch and Somerset West areas are noise sensitive areas. Noise abatement procedures will be adhered to at all times.
11.2 Club members will not overfly the towns of Somerset West and Strand below an altitude of 2000 ft AMSL.
11.3 Club members will not overfly the town of Stellenbosch. Members who need to do so for specific commercial purposes must request permission from the Club Chairman in writing.
11.4 Flights from Stellenbosch Airport to the False Bay Coast or Sir Lowry’s Pass must route west of the Helderberg Village at a minimum height of 1500 ft. AMSL.
11.5 Precautionary landings and simulated engine failures after take-off may not be practised at the Stellenbosch Airport unless authorised be the CFI.
11.6 The main runway at Stellenbosch is RWY 19. This runway will be used under calm/light wind conditions. However the use of 01 must be considered if safety is likely to be compromised by using 19.
11.7 When RWY 19 is used, aircraft will turn 5-10 degrees to the right once airborne in order to pass well west of the La Pineta Restaurant and the Zettler Farm, as well as the Helderberg Village, if applicable.
11.8 Departing aircraft may not commence the crosswind turn below an altitude of 1000 ft AMSL.
11.9 Pilots of high-powered aircraft (variable pitch/constant speed units) shall apply noise abatement procedures in accordance with the specific aircraft operating procedures. In a further effort to minimize noise pollution, pilots of such aircraft will not select fine pitch until established on final approach when landing. Fine pitch should not be used for take-offs, unless a take-off cannot be safely executed with a reduced setting, or is not recommended by the aircraft manufacturer. In such events, power should be reduced after take-off as soon as it is safe to do so. The CFI is available to assist pilots in becoming proficient with this take off technique.
12. Joining Procedures:
12.1 Aircraft joining overhead the Airfield shall join at an altitude of 1800 ft AMSL & shall remain clear of Cape Town CTR & TMA unless under Cape Town Control.
12.2 All circuits are to be flown to the west of the field at an altitude of 1300 feet. The dead side is always to the East of the airfield. Right Hand circuits for Runway 19 and Left Hand circuits for runway 01.
12.3 Aircraft will observe the traffic pattern/wind direction overhead the Airport at an altitude of 1800 feet and then descend on the “dead side” (eastern side of the airfield) so as to join the circuit on a crosswind position at an altitude of 1300 feet.
13.1 Pilots shall not do circuits or circuit training on Sundays or Public Holidays. This includes repeated flights when the aircraft does not shut down on return.
13.2 Pilots shall not do circuit training on weekdays before 07h00
13.3 No circuit training after 14h00 on a Saturday
Airfield rd Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Directions available on request
33° 58' 45.79 18° 49' 10.565