AIFA Oudtshoorn Base

AIFA Oudtshoorn Base

Oudtshoorn is situated in the Little Karoo 55 kilometers from the larger coastal town of George. The Little Karoo is cool and wet in winter, and hot and dry in summer.

Oudtshoorn lies in a valley, with the Swartberg mountain range to the North and the Outeniqua mountain range to the South, and is known for its warm climate, especially during December and January.

The annual rainfall is approximately 600 mm, peaking in spring and autumn while dramatic thundershowers can be experienced during summer.

Oudtshoorn is at an elevation of 1063 feet above sea level.

AIFA is situated at the Oudtshoorn Airfield which is located on the Western edge of the town. AIFA has unrestricted use of the airfield and surrounding airspace. Oudtshoorn Airfield is frequently used for training camps and various other flying activities due to the exceptionally good weather.


AIFA Oudtshoorn Base Facilities

At its Oudtshoorn base, AIFA owns a hangar large enough to house all of its aircraft used for flight training.
The training center houses one large lecture room, able to hold 50 students, 2 smaller lecture rooms that can accommodate 25 students each, and five briefing rooms. It also houses offices for the CEO, the HR manager, the administration and financial departments, and the flight and ground instructors.

At the heart of AIFA’s operations is a fully functional dispatch center, from where flight bookings are managed, aircraft and instructor allocations are done, flight plans are filed and aircraft are dispatched.

Other facilities include an instructor and student crew room boasting full internet access and kitchen facilities. Here, instructors and students can relax after or between flights, or use one of the many computer work stations to study, prepare for examinations, research, or plan their flights using various aviation software.

Our office complex is situated next to the hangar and houses our very own AFIS tower, manned by fully qualified AIFA ATC’s, providing flight information to Oudtshoorn air traffic as well as other services such as weather updates. The building also houses our Elite FNPT 1 and FNPT 2 simulators and provides office space for our executive and administrative staff.

Oudtshoorn Airspace and airfield facilities

The general flying area in Oudtshoorn is divided into ten sectors covering an area of approximately 4 500 square nautical miles. AIFA developed routing procedures to and from the GFA, as well as radio procedures to ensure safety when training is being conducted. Runway 22/04 is 1.7 kilometers long.

A taxiway serves the runway. The airfield is fully equipped with runway lights and an NDB for day and night instrument conditions. The fuel bay located next to the apron supplies Avgas 100LL as well as JET A1 fuel. The refueling service is provided by the Oudtshoorn Aeroclub, also situated at the airfield.


Oudtshoorn Recreation

Nearby attractions to Oudtshoorn include the famous Cango Caves, several ostrich and game farms, the Rust en Vrede Waterfall, and the world-famous Meiringspoort.

GPS Coordinates: 33°35’53.66’’S 22°11’17.78’ E

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