Krugersdorp Flying Club Information Guide and Rule Book
- Club Structure and Management
- Clubhouse and Licensed Restaurant Facility
- Fuel Facility
- General Duties and Responsibilities of ALL Airfield Users
- Access Control at the Airfield
- Aircraft Owners
- Operation of Aircraft
- Airfield Operational Information
- Hangar Owners
- Some Don’ts
- Appendix 1
Please note: These rules may change from time to time at the elected Committee's discretion without prior notice and/or as mandated by the Membership.
Congratulations and welcome! The Jack Taylor Airfield was founded in the early nineteen sixties by Mr Jack Taylor who landed his Piper Tripacer ZS-CEX at Krugersdorp. He was a Krugersdorp resident and businessman and needed to commute from Krugersdorp where there was no airfield at the time. The Flying Club was formed in the late nineteen sixties as a result of more pilots and aircraft wanting a base at Krugersdorp.
The Club has grown significantly over the years and it now has around 240 Members including Student Members from the 3 Flying Schools. The Club prides itself with the promotion of an environment of friendliness and encourages all Members to participate in the numerous social activities it hosts.
Many different types of aircraft operate from the field and the field itself is sandwiched below the Lanseria TMA. As a result, certain rules and procedures have come into effect over the years. These are to ensure that all Members, their passengers and visiting aircraft can enjoy the safe enjoyment of their hobby or business flying as the case may be.
Krugersdorp Flying Club is a voluntary association and its powers are determined in its constitution. (Voluntary associations are a product of the common law and are not regulated by statute. From the aspect or legal personality it is known as a “universitas”.)
In terms of the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR’s) the Jack Taylor Airfield is a licensed Airfield and the Krugersdorp Flying Club is the "Licensee and Operator". The CAA renews the license annually following an aerodrome inspection. The Airfield must comply with the onerous requirements of the relevant parts (as determined by the CAA) of CAR Part 139, as well as the required parts of the ICAO Annex 14. It is the Club's responsibility to ensure such compliance to the extent that the CAA requires it to maintain the validity of the License. In this capacity it is the “Operator” in terms of the Act and a complete Operator's Manual is maintained. Included are such issues as the emergency plan, fire fighting and the like.
In order to properly discharge these duties the Club is managed on a voluntary (unpaid) basis by a Committee of elected Members. Each Committee Member is elected for a period of three years. At the Annual General Meeting, one third of Committee Members retire and the Club Membership elects new Members (retiring Members are eligible for re-election). In this way management continuity is ensured and the opportunity for new ideas and enthusiasm to infuse the Committee is created.
The Committee is tasked with the managing and the running of the Flying Club as prescribed in the Club’s Constitution which forms part of the lease agreement with the Mogale City Local Municipality. This provides the framework and guidelines according to which the Committee administers the Club and its affairs. In this capacity, the Club is the “Lessee” of the Airfield.
It will be clear from the above that the Club, via the Committee, wears three hats:
(a) It is the Airfield Licensee ("Operator") in terms of the Aviation Act,
(b) It is the “Lessee” of the Airfield from the Mogale City Local Municipality and
(c) It is the body which facilitates social/safety and other aspects important to its Members.
2.1 Monthly Meetings of Members
The Club holds monthly meetings of Members at the Clubhouse at 19:00 on the second Tuesday of each month excluding December.
Before each meeting starts the Chairman gives the Members a brief update of Club affairs. This is followed by a "Flying Topic" presentation where a speaker will present an aviation related topic of interest to pilots, as approved by the Chairman.
During the meeting and presentation the bar will be closed. In addition, no gatherings or any other functions may be held in the vicinity of the Clubhouse.
All Club Members are encouraged to attend. Any items for the Agenda of Monthly Meetings should reach the Secretary no later than 12:00 on the day prior to the meeting.
- Clubhouse and Licensed Restaurant Facility
This facility is for the use and enjoyment of Club Members. Members may invite visitors to join them and are responsible for the conduct of their visitors at all times. The Clubhouse may be visited by public and Non-members who are required to abide by the Clubhouse rules and Airfield regulations. Visitors may not enter onto the airside of the Airfield unless accompanied by a Club Member who must assume responsibility for their conduct and safety.
The 26 South Restaurant is licensed and managed by an appointed Clubhouse Operator who may be a contracted third party service provider. The food and beverages are supplied and presented by the Clubhouse Operator for his own account. Please support the Clubhouse Operator. It is accordingly also not permitted to consume own food and drinks in the Clubhouse.
The stock in the Restaurant represents a substantial value and has in the past been subject to theft and abuse. For this reason, the Restaurant is locked during off-peak periods. The operating hours will be agreed between the Club Committee and the Operator.
Members are required to respect the assets of the Club and look after the furniture and fittings in and around the Clubhouse.
The Clubhouse is visited and used by Members and their families, as well as the public - all visitors and Members must behave in a respectable and acceptable manner, failing which disciplinary measures may be instituted by the Committee.
By law no smoking is allowed in the Clubhouse and Restaurant.
The Club owns the fuel facility. The terms and conditions related to dispensing fuel are lengthy and onerous. Safety at this facility is of paramount importance. The most important of these requirements are listed below:
- Only authorised personnel may do the fuel uplift into aircraft, bowsers and steel containers.
- No fuel may be decanted into plastic containers under any circumstances.
- No passengers are allowed to remain in aircraft during fuel upliftment.
- No smoking and use of cell phones allowed anywhere near the Fuel Facility.
- Refuelling hours are published in the AIP and AIC(50.1) Currently they are from 08h00B to 16h45B Monday to Saturday and 08h00B to 14h45B on Sundays and Public Holidays.
- Cash, valid credit cards and garage cards only. (No Cheques.)
- An air compressor is available for pumping tyres.
- Types of Membership
Our constitution makes provision for different types of Membership as well as the Committee’s role in accepting, refusing and cancelling Membership of the Krugersdorp Flying Club.
The majority of our Members are Ordinary (Full) Members, we also have Honorary Life Members, Student Members, Day Members and Ordinary Members who own hangars or are the designated representatives of juristic person hangar owners (e.g. Corporate owners). Membership confers many rights and privileges upon Club Members, but also carries with it certain duties and responsibilities. Student Members who hangar their own aircraft at FAKR, must join as an Ordinary (Full) Member.
5.2 Application for Membership
The following procedure applies regarding Membership applications:
- Proposers and Seconders must be fully paid up Members; must have known the Applicant personally for more than one year; and must only propose Applicants whom, in their opinion, would be supportive, disciplined and reputable Members.
- Proposers should also take note that the Club will be referring back to them should the new Applicant not pay any fees due or not adhere to the Club Rules.
- Incomplete Application Forms will not be accepted and processed.
- Proposers must be present in person at the Monthly Meeting to introduce the new Applicant to the Committee and Members present. The application will automatically stand over to the next Monthly Meeting should the Proposer and/or Applicant not be present together.
- Notice of the application for Membership will be displayed on the notice board situated in the Clubhouse for a period of one month to allow for objections.
- If any objection(s) to the new application are received within the month of the Applicant’s name being displayed, the Committee will review the objection(s) and at its sole discretion refuse or accept the Membership Application. If refused the Membership fee will be returned to the Applicant and the reason(s) for refusal will not be disclosed.
- Membership privileges will only be conferred and become fully functional once the Application for Membership has been accepted and all formalities have been complied with.
5.3 Privileges of Members in Good Standing
- You enjoy certain preferential rates.
- You have the use of all Club facilities on a Licensed Airport.
- You have a vote(s) at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
- You may submit a Proposal at the AGM.
- You may propose new Members for election to the Club.
- You are eligible to be proposed for election onto the Committee.
- You may, subject to certain criteria, apply to erect a hangar (See rules pertaining to Hangars).
- You have vehicle access through the controlled entry points. (See Safety)
- You are authorised to be on the airside of the Airfield.
- Subject to the provisions of Clause 6 below you are authorised to bring a limited number of guests/visitors onto the Airfield.
- You may make suggestions (in writing) to the Committee regarding any Airfield matter.
5.4 Duties of Members
- As is the case with any person entering upon the Airfield, you must abide by the Club's (Operator's) Rules and Regulations including its Fee Structure.
- You must pay fees and other monies you owe the Club upon presentation of invoices.
- You must make an effort to attend the AGM and exercise your vote.
- You must immediately notify the Club Secretary when you bring an aircraft that is not resident at Krugersdorp onto the Airfield for a temporary period of time (also refer point 8).
- Members are responsible and liable for the conduct and safety of their family Members/visitors/ guests on the field. In this regard, members must not allow family members such as unsupervised children to contravene the CAR's.
- Members have a duty to timeously advise the Committee in writing of any change in their contact, aircraft or hangar particulars. Any changes to a Member's account will be applied with effect from the date of notification in writing to the Club.
- You must adhere to Club Rules, not misbehave in any way, uphold the good standing of the Club and not do anything to compromise it, failing which disciplinary action will follow. This includes inter alia but not limited to swearing, bad language and intoxicated behaviour.
- Members have a duty to advise the Committee if they notice any new aircraft being based at the Airfield, or any Non-member moving into a hangar, operating a business or otherwise carrying on unauthorised or suspicious activities on the Airfield. (Note: The hiring out of an aircraft (hire & fly) constitutes a business.)
- Should any Member, or a guest of a Member, experience an incident in contravention of the Club Rules, a letter of complaint can be written and addressed to the Chairman. Full details must be provided.
- Members must advise the Club Secretary in writing in advance of any events planned at their hangar and obtain approval from the Club should the services of a Safety Officer be required. Any event may not at any time restrict the access of members, vehicles and aircraft. Members are responsible to clean up any litter left behind after any event.
6.1 All persons entering the Airfield do so entirely at their own risk and indemnify the Operator against any claims arising as a result of their or their passengers, or their vehicles, or their property's presence on the Airfield.
6.2 Users must at all times comply with safety, operational rules and conduct as laid down in the (CAR’s). All persons entering the Airfield are obliged to heed all notices and any instructions issued by an office bearer (Committee Member or Safety Officer) of the Operator.
6.3 Any duly authorised person (e.g. a Member) who facilitates 3rd party access to the air-side of the Airfield, whether they be passengers, guests, contractors, or other associates, expressly undertakes to ensure that the above responsibilities and risks have been pointed out to them and that they are fully conversant with Airfield safety. Further that they will be under the supervision of such authorised person at all times.
7.1 As the License Holder and Operator of the Airfield, Krugersdorp Flying Club is legally bound to implement and manage access control procedures.
7.2 The Committee is tasked with this responsibility and will at its sole discretion amend existing access control procedures or implement new measures as dictated by circumstances. Members will be informed via email of any such changes.
7.3 All Members are required to abide by the access control measures at the Airfield at all times including the following:
- Remotes for boom gate access may not be given to other members or guests.
- Should any remotes be misplaced, a replacement has to be obtained by the member at his/her own cost.
- In the event of any damage to the infrastructure caused by a member or his/her visitor/contractor/staff, an immediate fine of R500 will be levied against the member. In addition the extent of the damage will be assessed and charged to the member.
- Construction vehicles and/or construction delivery vehicles must be escorted onto and off the Airfield by the Member or his/her Foreman.
- All Non-members must be accompanied by a Member before entering the air-side of the Airfield.
8.1 Before aircraft owners apply to base their aircraft at the Jack Taylor (Krugersdorp) Airfield they will have to be fully paid up Members of the Club.
8.2 Should an aircraft have more than one owner, each individual pilot/partner must be a fully paid up Member of the Club. However, should there be part owners that are not in possession of flying licenses, this condition can be waived upon written application to and at the discretion of the Committee.
8.3 Should a Member purchase or sell or move an aircraft, or when an aircraft is not airworthy, it is obligatory that the Club be informed in writing if it is to be based at Krugersdorp Airfield or if it will no longer be based at Krugersdorp Airfield. Any changes to a Member's account will be applied with effect from the date of notification in writing to the Club.
8.4 Non-member Daily Parking Fees, as determined by the Committee from time to time, will be charged by the Club (Operator) to the Owner of ANY VISITING AIRCRAFT that remains PARKED OVERNIGHT OUTSIDE ANYWHERE ON THE AIRFIELD, including an area outside a hangar. Aircraft parked outside AMO hangars for the purpose of maintenance by that AMO will be charged after a period of 14 days, or a period as otherwise approved by the Club, until such time as the aircraft leaves FAKR.
8.5 Each Hangar Owner IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL AIRCRAFT in his/her hangar and the Club CHARGE A HANGAR OWNER (Business or Member) who hangars a VISITING AIRCRAFT such fees as described in above, if the hangar owner fails to notify the Club within 3 days from of the arrival of such visiting aircraft and intention of such visiting aircraft owner while operating at FAKR. This excludes hangarage at AMO's for aircraft in for service and parked inside a hangar.
8.6 Should a MEMBER hangar owner not disclose to the Club the date of acquisition or arrival at FAKR of any additional aircraft upon arrival thereof, the Club will assume that that aircraft has been at FAKR for the whole financial year and THE ANNUAL FEES FOR THE WHOLE YEAR pertaining to aircraft at the field will be invoiced to that member.
9.1 Only aircraft with a MAUW and LCN compliant tyre pressure or a maximum undercarriage width of 8 metres are permitted to operate from the Airfield unless prior permission from the Club is granted. The aircraft must comply with the runway LCN per the AIP.
9.2 Microlights: Aircraft below a MAUW of 450 kg (microlights) may not be operated or based at the Airfield without prior permission having been obtained from the Club. In this regard, only existing Members who have a conventional aircraft already based at the Airfield will be considered and the radio equipment in the microlight must be of a high quality and must be functional.
9.3 Pilots are to comply with special joining procedures, exercise good
airmanship and apply proper RT procedures at all times (Safety).
(Ref: SA AIP Part 2. FAKR AD 2.1-1)
The following information was correct at the last update viz April 2017. It is imperative however that users consult the AIP/AIP Sup/AIC's and Notams for current information and amendments.
Location Indicator : FAKR
Reference Point : S26°:04':53, 9287", E27°:43':32,4438"
(WGS 84) Located just South of the runway 08/26 and
West of cut grass 35/17.
Elevation : 5 485'.
Displaced Threshold : RWY 08/26 have displaced thresholds.
RWY 08/26 : 9 m wide tar strip
: declared length - 843 m
: total length of tar - 1124 m
: RWY 08 & 26 have displaced THR
: THR 08 Elev - 5460'
: THR 26 Elev - 5499'
CCT : ALT 6300' RH-RWY 26. LH-RWY08.
(800' non-standard CCT due FALA TMA at
Lighting : RWY edge lights & THR lights. Not per ICAO.
Night Flying : Restricted to Krugersdorp based pilots
familiar with the Airfield (See AIP).
Night Hazard (Birds) : Before take-off at night it is advisable
to backtrack and check the runway for birds
Night Training : Not permitted (per AIP).
Freq : 122.0 Mhz (unmanned).
Taxiway : Aircraft to adhere to taxiways.
Joining procedures : All aircraft to join overhead at 6300' from the
: Aircraft approaching from any direction North
of extended centreline 08/26 to route to the
South clear of CCT either via Tarlton
Tank Farm (S26°04.70' E27°38.45') and the
Battery Station Silos (S26°06.86'
E27°40.98')(West of field) or via Sterkfontein
Road (East of field) between the FAKR CCT
and FALA CTR.
: All aircraft to broadcast on 122.0 MHz before
reaching 5 nm inbound.
Fuel : Avgas currently available
Monday to Saturday 0800B to 1645B.
Sundays & Public Holidays 0800B to 1445B.
(Ref latest AIC + AIP).
Emergency : Emergency services on Tel:
107 or 10111or (011)357-1058
West Rand Ambulance on (011)564 2210.
: Report accident/crash to Lanseria TWR
(011) 701 3262.
: CAA – Aircraft Accident Investigation Dept:
• Mr Masoga, Manager:
Office: +27 (0) 11 545 1055
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 461 6277
• Mr Morudi, Senior Manager
Office: +27 (0) 11 545 1054
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 461 6295
Incident : Report to Club Safety Officer.
Aircraft Parking : Park on tar apron next to hangars or on grass
South of RWY 08/26 and West of the
cut grass 35/17.
: No parking within 50 m of RWY.
: Parking at own risk.
General Hazards : 1.Non standard joining due FALA TMA.
2.Wind shear on apchs.
3.Pools of water on runway after heavy rain.
4. Birds at night.
5. Rising ground ATO RWY 08.
6. Aircraft on Runway Thresholds not visible
to each other.
- Cut grass strip 35/17 is not a licensed runway and is for emergency use only!
- Circuits on cut grass strip 35/17 will not be permitted when the circuit 08/26 is
- A radio check on 122.0 Mhz is required prior to taxing to the holding position of a
- Unauthorised aerobatics are not permitted at FAKR - Ref CAR 91.7.29.
Hangar "Owners" (as defined in the Constitution) are eligible for two votes at an Annual General or Special General Meeting on matters specifically pertaining to hangars.
11.1 Before anyone intends erecting or buying a hangar at Krugersdorp Airfield, such person must be a fully paid-up Member of the Club, and approval must be granted by the Krugersdorp Flying Club Committee. Ownership of a hangar for extended periods without the owner of the hangar owning a Krugersdorp based aircraft is not encouraged.
11.2 Hangars owners must undertake to use hangars for aircraft and aviation purposes only. Storage of personal items such as vehicles or any other items are not permitted.
11.3 *Prospective new hangar builders must have been Club Members for three years. Application for permission to build a hangar must be applied for in writing and will be considered by the Committee of the Krugersdorp Flying Club. The Application should contain a good quality draft plan giving overall layout dimensions and the preferred location. A site plan with vacant hangar sites is available from the Committee. *This rule may be waived subject to a fee as determined by the Committee from time to time.
11.4 Once considered, complete plans for the erection of the hangar must be submitted to the Krugersdorp Flying Club for approval, and be duly stamped by the Club before they are submitted to the Mogale City Local Municipality for approval.
11.5 Before the Club approves and stamps the plans, a standard Airfield usage agreement must be signed.
11.6 "Hangar owner" (as defined in the Constitution) is responsible for ensuring that contractors who enter the Airfield for the purpose of construction work are made aware of the safety requirements pertaining to Air Safety. The Hangar Owner remains liable in the event of an incident. A refundable "Pavement Deposit" fee is applicable to Members constructing hangars. In addition the Hangar Infrastructure Fee, the non-refundable Water Deposit and Taxiway Contribution (if applicable) must be paid prior to the commencement of an construction. Hangar Owners must also acknowledge (in writing) that they are familiar with the relevant Health and Safety regulations and supply an assessment in accordance with the regulations. Hangar owners must facilitate access themselves for their contractors and not allow any contracted parties to work on the Airfield unsupervised.
11.7 Only quality materials will be permitted for roofing and cladding. The general appearance and construction of the hangar must conform to an acceptable standard.
11.8 Hangar owners are responsible for the provision of and payment for electricity and water to their hangars. This is a matter between the Mogale City Local Municipality and the Hangar Owner. No fire hydrants may be used for obtaining water. A plan of the services reticulation is required by the Club when construction is completed.
11.9 Hangar owners are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of their hangars; this includes a six-metre zone surrounding the hangar. It also includes the mandatory annual servicing of required fire extinguishers in their hangars.
11.10 Hangar owners are solely responsible for the security of their hangar and its contents. In this regard you are encouraged to install motion sensors and outside lights and an alarm with a flashing red light connected. Each hangar owner must display a board on the front of their hangar with their hangar number and an emergency contact telephone number.
11.11 Hangar owners are responsible for ensuring that an Occupancy Certificate is obtained from the Mogale City Local Municipality prior to occupation.
11.12 The Krugersdorp Flying Club levies various fees which are payable by Airfield users. The fee structure is determined from time to time and ratified at the Club AGM. Fees in respect of hangars, aircraft, Airfield usage, business fee and similar may be levied. Hangar owners are required to pay applicable fees. Any hangar owner who rents out a hangar will be charged a Business Fee in respect of that hangar.
11.13 A business fee is applicable to all parties generating income directly by virtue of their access to the Airfield and its infrastructure. This includes persons hiring out hangars and aircraft.
11.14 Hangar owners shall, if so required, provide and maintain paved access to their hangar site from access ways.
11.15 A Club Office Bearer, including the Safety Officer and/or any official of Mogale City Local Municipality, shall be provided access to the hangars by owners at reasonable times by prior appointment, to carry out inspections including inspections of fire equipment.
11.16 Hangar owners are encouraged to ensure that their structures are bird proofed and that infestation by birds is prevented.
11.17 It is a requirement that, in the case of a member intending to offer his hangar for sale, such hangar availability shall be advertised in writing either on the club notice board and/or announced at the monthly meeting, or via email to Members, for the Club or existing Members to be afforded the opportunity of purchase. In all instances, the Club reserves the right of first refusal. (A hangar transfer fee is payable to the Club by the buyer - see published fee structure.)
11.18 Members who are sharing hangars (such as T-hangars) should maintain security at all times to prevent access to other hangars.
11.19 The Club does not guarantee safe taxiway access to any hangar and such shall be the responsibility of the hangar owner.
11.20 Any additions to existing hangars may only commence subject to written application to and approval by the Club.
Each user of the Airfield is at all times responsible for the security of his/her own property on the Airfield, whether movable or immovable. The Club gives no warrantee or undertaking regarding security.
It is expected of every pilot operating at Krugersdorp to do so in a responsible and sensible manner. At all times a high standard of airmanship must prevail with due consideration for fellow airmen. COWBOYS ARE NOT WELCOME!!
Behaviour or operation of aircraft on the ground or in the air contrary to the Civil Aviation Regulations or any part thereof will not be tolerated. Any display of blatantly poor airmanship or disregard for the safety of others will precipitate disciplinary action.
Repeated and/or extreme infringements will result in the loss of the privilege to fly at this Airfield with the backing of the CAA.
Since this relatively busy Airfield is unmanned, one of the foremost safety concerns is the probability of mid-air or other collision. Therefore it is essential that pilots use standard radio procedures, clearly and accurately stating their position. A reminder that nothing substitutes a good lookout!! With this in mind it is standard procedure to request a “radio check” from other aircraft prior to taxing to the holding position of a runway – no radio – no fly!.
Remember flight safety is a pyramid that stands on three legs i.e. skill, technical knowledge and good judgement. If any of these three legs are weak, the pyramid will topple! If in doubt speak to your flight instructor and/or safety officer – no question is a stupid question – it is not what you know that will hurt you, but what you don’t know.
Ground based radio stations may not be operated for the purpose of traffic advisory information unless under the supervision of a qualified Instructor or other person as approved by the Committee.
Please become familiar with the provisions of CAR 139 and 185 and comply fully.
The CAR's are specific and prohibit certain unauthorised activities on the Airfield. The following are some unauthorised activities which have in the past caused problems.
(a) The unsupervised riding of motorcycles and quad bikes on the Airfield
by minors, especially the children of Members.
(b) Parachute jumping at the Airfield.
(c) Flying of any type of model aircraft at any time.
(d) Members facilitating unsupervised 3rd party vehicular or pedestrian
access to their hangars or anywhere on the airside of the Airfield.
(e) Erecting signboards, digging trenches and the like on the Airfield
without the Operator's authorisation.
(f) Aerobatic flying at the Airfield.
(g) Allowing animals to roam around the Airfield.
(h) Driving vehicles recklessly on any taxiway or any part of the Airfield.
(i) Driving on the main taxiway whilst an aircraft is approaching to land,
landing or taking off.
(j) Driving a vehicle at high speed anywhere on the Airfield.
(k) Driving or operating any form of vehicle or machinery other than an
aircraft on the runway without prior consent from the committee.
(l) Allowing an unlicensed driver to operate any form of vehicle on the
Last but not least…
FLIGHT SAFETY IS A CULTURE,
IT IS A FRAME OF MIND!
A safe pilot is one who sums up all the factors regarding the operation of an aircraft. He thinks clearly and intelligently. He is quietly confident but not over confident. He is acutely aware that situations can arise before and during flight that can affect the safety of the aircraft. He does not suffer from “it can’t happen to me” syndrome – he is prepared! He is constantly reviewing his emergency procedures, he thinks ahead and anticipates action to be taken – he is situationally aware.
He knows his aircraft’s limitations, performance and systems well – he is always learning – he wants to learn. Equally he knows his own limitations – he does not think its “Macho” to fly – he has no need to show off – he simply does his job as well and safely as he can. He never pushes the outer limits of the envelope. Because he plans ahead he will seldom have to rely on his “superior” skill to compensate for lack of good judgement or technical knowledge. Complacency is a word that does not exist in his vocabulary.
He is constantly alert and identifies unsafe conditions. He understands that it is seldom a single factor that leads up to an accident but a sequence of events – he does not rest on this. He exercises good airmanship at all times – he is courteous and helpful towards fellow airmen, especially lesser qualified and experienced pilots. He understands, knows and applies the rules of the air. He ensures he is up to date with AIC’s, AIP’s, NOTAMS and CAR’s.
He understands and acknowledges present and forecast weather conditions – he respects this and acts accordingly in a sensible fashion – he plans ahead.
A good pilot will report incidences and blatant displays of poor airmanship, he knows that however unpopular he might become, it is his duty.
He is not merely a manipulator of flight controls and systems, he is a manager of flight with safety being his core business.
Because of his approach and attitude towards flying, he might reach an old age upon which he will reflect warmly on his “flying days” to his grandchildren.
Unrealistic Sense of Security - It can’t happen to me! It only happens to other pilots.
Macho ego - It’s so cool to be a pilot – look how big and
macho I am – I’m larger than life – Hell, I’m an ace! Be careful you will mess it up.
Anti Authority - Rules are for other people! What do more experienced pilots and Instructors know?
Poor Threat and Error - Under estimation of weather and other
Management – hazardous conditions is dangerous. Know
Lack of Attention your qualification and understand your ability. If you’ve ever been involved with a Thunderstorm you’ll never want to go there ever again so why go there in the first place. Remember it takes roughly only 14 seconds for a non-instrument rated pilot to become completely disoriented when entering cloud – you are no different!
Over estimation of own ability - If Bob Hoover can do it so can I. Pilots like Bob Hoover and similar others have been positioned by life and their careers to do what they do – accept it – you will only make an idiot of yourself if you try to emulate the “big names”. It will eventually hurt you.
General Frame of mind & Stress - So what if I don’t feel so good – it’s only a slight hangover. The boss and wife/husband are really mad at me. Life is just so stressful right now!
Unprepared – No Plan - “We'll decide what we are going to do once we are airborne – "Maybe we’ll do a low level high speed fly past or do a roll or two” Never let your hands take you to where your head hasn't been some good time before!
Show Off - Heard on frequency: “Hey buddy, we’ll meet you over the mine dump – let's give the boys a formation fly past". Adhoc formation!!
Adhoc airshow!! = LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.
Uninformed - Why do I need to know all this nonsense? It’s not what you know that will HURT you, it’s what you DON’T KNOW!
Hasty - "I’ll quickly fly this aircraft to Rand." Never be in a rush! You will overlook something – maybe a vital item! MAKE HASTE SLOWLY!
Defensive Behaviour - Never take positive instruction and input personally or see it as criticism. You can never know it all and you can never stop learning.
Unrealistic Self Pride - Who me? Make a mistake? Never!! Be careful.
Laziness - Putting important issues off can cost dearly!
Dishonesty - Always report events truthfully. For example, if you've done a hard landing or caused an unsafe condition, be honest about it and let others know – you could save other people a lot of unnecessary trouble.
Low Self Esteem - Low life values. Has little value for own
life and that of others.
Complacent - I have done this 100 times before. Each flight requires great attention to detail. Never take what appears to be a small problem on the ground into the air – it could become more than you can cope with once airborne.
Lastly and most importantly – Welcome to the Krugersdorp Flying Club, and may you enjoy happy and safe flying!
Disclaimer: This is intended as a guideline and does not cover all the detailed regulations per the Aviation Act. It is subject to changes from time to time at the elected Committee's discretion without prior notice and/or as mandated by the Membership, and also as communicated to Members in monthly meetings and via email. Members should ensure that they have access to the latest copy of this document which is available on the Club's website or from the Club Secretary.