Hello fellow Air Racers,

Based on the incredible success of the Soutpansberg Air Show and Speed Rally this year, we are thrilled to announce the location of the 2024 Presidents Trophy to be hosted by the Soutpansberg Vliegklub and organised by the South African Power Flying Association.

Date: Friday and Saturday 24 & 25 May 2024
Where: Louis Trichardt Civil Airfield (FALO), Soutpansberg

Entries are now open https://sapfa.co.za/competition-entry-form-ptar/

The fees are as follows:

  • Early bird entries are now closed
  • Standard entry fees from 16 February 2024 to 08 May 2024 are R 5 500
  • Membership fees SAPFA membership is compulsory. Please renew your 2024 Aeroclub and SAPFA membership https://aeroclub.blueboxonline.com
  • FAI licence Please note that an FAI licence is compulsory to take part. This can be renewed when renewing your SAPFA membership
  • Additional banquet tickets will be available for purchase

Please note that entries for 2024 will be limited. Enter soon to avoid missing out!

By popular demand, we are pleased to announce that the event format for the 2024 Presidents Trophy will remain the same as 2023. 

Updated information will be primarily via our Whatsapp group. Please contact your race master David le Roux on 073 338 5200 to be added to the group.

Need a pilot/ navigator to complete your team? Sign up here and we can try match you with someone Pilot / Navigator Match

Our events cannot be successful without the help of our sponsors. If you would like to become a sponsorship partner, please get in touch.

Accommodation options: Please contact these options by phone and mention Air Race, PTAR or Fly In as a reference. Online bookings may not be available as we have requested them to reserve space for us. 

Northgate Lodge
6 Koraalboom street, Louis Trichardt
Wendy – 015-5161266
139 on Munnik
139 Munnik Street, Louis Trichardt
Bianca – 083 407 0124
93 on Celliers
93 Celliers Street, Louis Trichardt
Bianca – 083 407 0124
Mountain Rose Boutique Hotel
24 Barnard Street, Louis Trichardt
Almoné Scott – 072 617 2408
The BeeKeepers Inn
43 Stubb Street, Louis Trichardt
Stefan – 083 574 4416
De Akker Gastehuis
26 Louis Botha Street, Louis Trichardt
Este – 082 215 5628
Schimper View Boutique Guest House
18 Schimper Cres, Louis Trichardt
010 271 0849
Cuckoo’s Nest
R524, Vondeling, Louis Trichardt (±10km through town from airfield)
Clarissa – 082 498 1173
Purdy’s Place Guesthouse
138 Munnik Street, Louis Trichardt
Lodene – 084 868 9388
Tranquility Inn / Apricity Inn
163 Hertzog Street, Louis Trichardt
Dalene – 082 810 9334

Camping facilities will be available. Please bring your own tent and equipment.

Shuttles will be available to assist with transport to and from guesthouses. Please let us know if you would like to make use of the shuttles and where you will be staying so that we can arrange the logistics. 

The Preliminary Programme for the PTAR is as follows:

Thursday: Competitors arrival

Competitor arrival from 10:00 to 14:00


Test Flights as necessary

Compulsory Competitor Briefing – Briefing Hangar at 17h30

Friday: Day 1

Compulsory Competitor Briefing – Briefing Hangar at 08h30

Start from 10h00 at 30 second intervals – Fastest to slowest

Finish ~13:00

Last Landing ~ 13:30

Compulsory Competitor Briefing – Briefing Hangar at 17h30


Saturday: Day2

Compulsory Competitor Briefing  – Briefing Hangar at 08h30

Start from 10.00 Slowest to fastest

Finish ~13:30

Last Landing ~ 14:00

Gala Dinner 18:30 for 19:00

Sunday: Departures


Please familiarise yourself with the latest rules here

Further details of the planning and run up to PTAR 2024 will be communicated in due course. Your queries are most welcome to sapowerflying@gmail.com

Till next time, fly safe

Iaan Myburgh (Race Director)

David le Roux (Race Master)

Tarryn Myburgh (Race Secretary)