Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

Aero Club and thereby SAPFA are affiliated to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). All competitive flying in South Africa is carried out under the auspices of the FAI. All competitors are therefore bound by the sporting code of the FAI. The FAI has issued separate sporting codes for the different disciplines of aviation sport. The FAI sporting code applying to events organised by SAPFA is contained in Section 2 of the FAI code for General Aviation. Competitors should make themselves aware of the contents of the code as protests and objections need to be made in accordance with the code. Organisers must also comply with the code.


The FAI is also a signatory to the World Anti Doping Code prepared by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and have formulated the FAI Anti-Doping Rules and Procedures. The Rules and Procedures seek to preserve the “spirit of sport”. Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport and needs to be eliminated. These rules and procedures apply for all competitive flying events in South Africa.

Prohibited substances and medicines are listed in an annual Prohibited List. More information can be obtained from the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport. This site has a searchable database that includes South African Trade Names of prohibited and permitted drugs/preparations. Where applicable, a ‘drug status’ is also offered.