Our aircraft have a distinct look, feel, sound and personality.
A world in which we capture the emotion and soul of the early days of flight and in which together we work to give voice to enhanced sophistication in safe recreational aviation.
Technology enhancements continuously improve in-flight safety and capability and this has extended the “home zone” of our aircraft from the proverbial cabbage patch to that of a global adventure.
Many pilots fly our aircraft from dawn to dusk not having ventured more than 10 Km from their home base, whilst enjoying the delight of a perch in the sky from which to take in the splendour. This includes that of coastal sea life, the cosmos fields of SA, the thrill of mountain ridge soaring or just sampling the breeze offered by the freedom of “Flying African Skies”. Over the past year the contrasts between the spectacular around the world adventures of some of our “pioneer pilots” and everyday flight have narrowed considerably. Flying the African skies is now a reality for many of our members. More and more pilots fly into central Africa and to Europe. The sophistication of the aircraft that we fly truly is making the world a smaller and more accessible place, at a much more affordable price.
Why Join MISASA?
Welcome to our world, a passionate world of recreational aviation pleasure. Do join us; we will exceed your expectations for fun, adventure and camaraderie amongst like minded people within our established recreational aviation community.
Goal for the year ahead
We remain committed to vigilance in service delivery. Our membership numbers currently approximate some one thousand plus pilots. This said, our numbers may in fact, in the short term, rise by another 500 or so pilots. We have, in the past had some 1,800 members but due to the economic economic scenario many pilots have hung up their "headsets!" Our size places us as the largest sub-section of the Aero Club. Our response to this is that we undertake to establish a system of performance audits in which we all, as sections of the Aero Club, submit to performance audits so that the membership, have their rights to service delivery met, in full, each and every year.
Our Constitution and ARO enable us to stand for responsible and accountable airspace governance structures without over regulation. Measurable service delivery and accountability is thus our goal for the year ahead.
Our Advocacy Role
We acknowledge and recognise aviation excellence through the granting of appropriate awards and designations.
Through our active communication channels we encourage air mindedness, safety, aviation excellence and we give a collective voice to the interests and rights of pilots and enthusiasts alike.
Our members provide financial support to the Aero Club of SA who are charged with the responsibility to maintain interfaces with stakeholder structures such as the CAA, RAASA, Weather Services, Dept of Sport & Recreation, FAI via CIMA and Air Traffic Services, to name a few.
We maintain membership and external communication channels via print and electronic media enablers including:
A printed, full colour, annual "coffee table" magazine that showcases recreational microlight aviation. In the past we printed quarterly 52 page full colour magazines but we are currently testing membership opinion on an annual edition that is supported by a monthly electronic "newsletter."
An up-to-date website
An open Facebook page
Support to appropriate chat forums
An annual ±3 hour DVD “Flying African Skies.” This DVD is issued to all members when we are able to compile one from contributions received.
An events information calendar that is not restricted to aircraft type
An “open door” to committee members who are all volunteers
A variety of events offer opportunities to network and participate in projects
Experienced pilots pool information on technical & training matters etc for the good of all and they provide up-to-date information/advice via our communication channels on learning to fly, NPL Conversions, What to buy etc
Events, Member's Projects and the Local Industry.
We established a world record for the number of Bantam aircraft at a single fly-in. The number that attended was 48 and this reflects on the ever growing popularity of this aircraft and our sport. To Andrew Pappas, the Bantam agent, we extend our hearty congratulations on his steadfast commitment to continued development of this type of aircraft which is highly affordable. The Bantam is still available as a CCm aircraft but has now been joined by a "stable mate" in the LSA bracket, the Bathawk.
The Sling, produced by Mike Blyth, an ex MISASA Chairman and our founding Chairman together with his team at the Airplane factory continue to dominate LSA sales and are building a strong reputation, and sales, in overseas countries.
Aquilla, the Cheetah and Aero Trike are locally made aircraft that we as a country can be proud of. The Aerossa Topless Wing that is produced in Petit adds a dimension that is critical to aircraft maintenance and modernisation.
Current active projects include:
Anti-poaching pilot support
Tracking systems to anti-poaching units
An annual industry shootout and fun day that is currently held at Tedderfield on the Saturday before Valentines day.
Maintaining and acquiring the resources needed to stage competitive flying events and facilitating, through the Aero Club, the award of national and MISASA colours. We stage a regional “Starters Masters” competition and the annual national competition.
We work towards securing volume and other related discounts and benefits that are passed on to the membership and which are posted on our website.
All members have a standing invitation to attend all committee meetings and by invitation members may attend special committee deliberations that are held to define policy or set targets.
Recognising excellence through awards remains a part of our culture. MISASA Feather Awards have been awarded to:
Braam Hechter (2009) at the CAA for consistently going beyond the call of duty in attending to the needs of our members.
Mike French and Pierre Conradie (2009) for establishing and organising a new highly successful annual fly-away event; The Ezulwini Fly-away ( K-Z N North Coast).
Francois Burger (2009) for services to members and for establishing a much needed and spectacular airfield at Sodwana.
John Waterson ( 2010) for going many extra miles to assist our members with aircraft matters.
Paul Lintott (2011) for stepping up to the plate to assist a fellow pilot in need.
Koos de Wet (2011) for selfless devotion and leadership in the anti-rhino poaching initiative.
Les McMaster (2011) for leading the creation of one of the most successful annual fly-ins: Swartkops.
Andrew Pappas: (2011) The Pied Piper of recreational aviation, leading the way in after sales service.
Wendy Hicks (2011) for running the MISASA Wild Coast Gaggle Galaxy "engine room."
Aero Club Administrative Services
The Aero Club is charged with rendering a variety of services to our members. See www.aeroclub.org.za for details.
On a rotational basis, items such as the following are supplied or made available to members:
* Flight Suit Badges
* Vehicle Badges
* Renewal Date Stickers
* Aircraft Stickers/Cautionary Notices
In addition to the above we provide a variety of regalia in our online store at www.misasa.co.za where suppliers are invited to showcase products that they offer at a discount to our members.
Pilot Memberships - R720: Open to pilots and others that are paid up members of the Aero Club of South africa. Joint membership renewal is available through MISASA. Members receive Aero Club membership credentials and enjoy all benefits that the association has to offer. Membership fees are due for any given calendar year commencing on 1 January and are not prorated.
Co-Pilot Membership - R200: Open to enthusiasts, inactive and or foreign pilots. Members receive the printed magazine, Microflight Africa, regalia, they may subscribe to newsletter feeds, join fly-aways and are permitted access to controlled areas during events and competitions. Co-pilots receive membership badges. Membership fees do not include foreign postage charges. The cost of foreign postage is added for non-SA co-pilot addresses.