Situated in the heart of the Great Karoo, next to the N1 highway lies AIFA’s Beaufort West base.
AIFA operations commenced in 2015 at the Beaufort West airfield (it’s third base) and has since developed the airfield into a fully functional, self-sustaining aerodrome. Amongst the improvements are:
- Fully tarred runway with runway and taxiway lighting
- APAPI approach lighting system
- A fully operational Air Traffic Control tower with associated facilities all fully approved by the SACAA
- A fuel facility providing both AVGAS and JET A1 fuel
- A newly erected aircraft hangar boasting lecture facilities, aircraft hangarage, offices and aircraft training simulators
The airport now boasts a 1483m x 30m runway (08/26) and is located at GPS co-ordinates S032º18`00 E022º40`00 at an elevation of 2929ft AMSL. Two alternative gravel runways are maintained.
Aircraft used by AIFA at FABW include C172’s, PA44’s and BE9L’s.
FABW airfield is earmarked to be the flagship base of AIFA and will house and train the majority of AIFA’s students per year.