The 2010 Annual SAPFA “Bosberaad” was held from 5 – 7 February. It was hosted by Ron Stirk on his game farm, Paddafontein, about 10 nm South of Thabazimbi (as the crow flies). The SAPFA committee was joined at various stages by Kevin Storie, the recently appointed General Manager of the Aero Club of South Africa, Koos Marais (Chairman of AOPA-SA), Neville Bohm (Chairman of EAA) supported by Karl Jensen and two EAA committee members.
This is the first year that SAPFA have extended the invitation to EAA, AOPA and Aeroclub to join their annual planning meeting. It has been recognized that the combining of forces across the various representative bodies has become a necessary path to follow. While each of the respective organisations have their unique focus area it was agreed that they would work together on issues of common interest to prevent duplication of effort and ensure effective representation for General Aviation. A small sub-committee with one person from EAA, AOPA and SAPFA was formed with the view of formulating an action plan. It was also agreed that a representative from CAASA would be invited to attend.
On the recreational and sporting side SAPFA and EAA have already laid a foundation for co-operation in various areas. Each EAA event now includes the Fun Rally series. SAPFA is also supporting the Young Eagles program which is fast gaining momentum as an introductory level to young aviators wishing to get involved in sport flying.
SAPFA is primarily involved with sport aviation. The four disciplines are Precision Flying, Air Rally Flying, Air Racing and Landings. SAPFA is also the custodian of aircraft speed and altitude records in South Africa. SAPFA will be supporting AOPA in its role of representation on the regulatory and para-statal front.
As with all the other sporting affiliated Aero Club bodies, SAPFA are embracing the Development and Transformation program of the Aero Club.
The SAPFA calendar for 2010 boasts at least one event every month to encourage the growth of sport aviation. The annual highlights include the SA Rally Championships which will be held at Aviators Paradise from 16 – 18 April and the PTAR which will be held in Rustenburg from 27 – 30 May. Watch the Events Calendar for the next event.