Fisantekraal Airfield

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Fisantekraal Airfield
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Fisantekraal Airfield as viewed from the North and 1600ft AGL
Summary
Airport type Private
Owner Jangen Air Investments +27 82 815 3265
Operator Private
Serves Durbanville and surrounds
Location 13 km (8.1 mi) NE of Durbanville, on Lichtenburg Road
Elevation AMSL 400 ft / 122 m
Coordinates 33°46′10″S 18°44′00″E / 33.76944°S 18.73333°E / -33.76944; 18.73333Coordinates: 33°46′10″S 18°44′00″E / 33.76944°S 18.73333°E / -33.76944; 18.73333
Website iacsa.co
www.sky-messaging.com
CTFTC
Map
Fisantekraal Airfield is located in Western Cape
Fisantekraal Airfield
Fisantekraal Airfield
Location within the Western Cape
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 900 2,952 Concrete[1]
14/32 700 2,296 Concrete[2]
Lights are available on request from CTFTC. The Cape Talk Radio AM transmission mast is located 5nm N of FAFK on frequency 567KHz, as well as 828KHz Magic Radio 8nm NNE of the field. Both of these provide ADF/NDB training.

Fisantekraal Airfield is an ex-South African Air Force airfield built circa 1943, and used to operate Lockheed Ventura bombers. It is located approximately 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) northeast of Durbanville It has been in private ownership since 1993. The ICAO reference code for Fisantekraal is FAFK.

Fisantekraal Airfield serves as a general flying airfield, and is a favourite for flight training in the Cape Town area. Most of the fixed wing and helicopter schools, and Air Mercy Services' Pilatus PC-12 from Cape Town International (FACT) and Morningstar airfield (Morningstar Flight Academy) also visit Fisantekraal for circuit and emergency training. Private and company aircraft sometimes pick up or drop passengers at Fisantekraal.

The largest aircraft to have landed at FAFK was as of the 22nd of August 2017 a Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Call sign 5X-UCF, made several landings. Quite a few advertisements and movies have also been filmed on location at FAFK.

History[edit]

Located on a 150 ha site it was built for use by the South African Air Force, circa 1943. Originally, there were four runways. Only two are still in use: RWY23/05 and RWY14/32.[3] The old taxiways and other runways are no longer used, but are still visible from overhead. The airfield was transferred to the local municipality sometime in the 1960s, and it was sold to a private owner in 1993.

Aerodrome and airspace information[edit]

Fisantekraal airspace is uncontrolled Class G and has a 5 nm radius with its own radio frequency of 131.1 MHz, callsign Fisantekraal Traffic.[4] Joining altitude is restricted to 2000 ft AMSL by the Cape Town TMA sector A that is above Fisantekraal. There is also the Cape Town CTR that is to the southwest of the field approximately 3.5 nm.

Circuits are all flown at 1200 ft AMSL for fixed wing and helicopters, and 900 ft AMSL for microlights, and all turns are made to the left. The circuit is restricted to a 2.5 nm radius from the center of the airfield.[5]

Avgas 100LL fuel and W100 oil is available.[6]

Other information[edit]

Magnetic variation is approx 23° W near Fisantekraal. There are tall mountain ranges to the southeast of the field extending to 6600ft AMSL. The predominant wind in summer is SE and winter NW. Summer can reach to 40°C at FAFK giving a density altitude max of about 3200 ft. The general flying areas nearby are the FAD200 to the northwest on 124.4 MHz within 10 minutes flying, and FAD69 to the north on 124.2Mhz within five minutes flying.[7]

Operators[edit]

  • International Aviation centre South Africa [8]
  • Cape Town Flight Training Centre[9] provides Private, Night, Instrument and Commercial flight training[10]
  • Sky Messaging provides banner aerotow services [11]
  • Working on Fire organisation used to have a summer base at Fisantekraal, but this has recently been closed.[12]

Trivia[edit]

  • The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Call sign 5X-UCF, was flown in as part of The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) movie that was filmed on location.

References[edit]

  1. ^ SACAA Aeronautical Information Publications. January 29, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ SACAA Aeronautical Information Publications. January 29, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ SACAA Aeronautical Information Publications. January 29, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ SACAA Aeronautical Information Publications. January 29, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ SACAA Aeronautical Information Publications. January 29, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ SACAA Aeronautical Information Publications. January 29, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ SACAA Aeronautical Information Publications. January 29, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ http://iacsa.co/
  9. ^ "Cape Town Flight Training Centre - Your first step to become a pilot - Private Pilots Licence, Commercial Licence, Ground School, Aerobatics Training". www.cape-town-flying.co.za. Retrieved 2017-09-19. 
  10. ^ http://www.cape-town-flying.co.za/fisantekraal_airfield.php
  11. ^ http://www.sky-messaging.com/
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-01-29.