Flight Rules

Flight Rules and Airmanship

General information and “Good Practice” guidelines regarding aerial operation in these sometimes harsh conditions.

  • Lookout for birds at all altitudes at all times – they can represent a significant hazard. Never fly directly below birds, as they tend to drop to avoid the aircraft. If they are at your level on a collision course climb!!!
  • Never fly low over animals, bird colonies and ostrich farms. They are easily frightened and their eating and breeding habits are disrupted. Ostrich chicks frequently die of fright.
  • Don’t fly low over beaches; you could fly into kite fishing lines.
  • When flying into unmanned airfields, use correct frequency, do not approach straight in unless in emergency. Before joining circuit, fly over the airfield. No right hand turns may be executed, either prior to landing or after take-off, unless a different procedure has been approved as is indicated by a traffic pattern indicator. Always be alert and aware.
  • Flying in Restricted, Danger and Prohibited Areas is only allowed with prior permission. Avoid Blasting Areas at all times, unless specific blasting times are stated, or no warning has been issued by ATC.

Noise abatement

In order to reduce or restrict aircraft noise to a minimum, the following procedures are proposed:

  1. All aircraft must, as far as possible, use the full length of runways for take-off to ensure that sufficient altitude is gained in order to cross built-up areas with the minimum noise. No jet aircraft are to use TWY or THR intersections for take-off between 2000-0400Z.
  2. Turnouts immediately after take-off must as far as possible be avoided and runway heading must be maintained to a reasonable altitude.
  3. Where possible, aircraft must climb at the best angle of climb after take-off and this must be maintained until all built-up areas are over flown, or the desired altitude has been reached.
  4. Testing and run-ups of aircraft engines must, as far as possible, be avoided during the period 1800-0400Z.
  5. After landing min. reverse thrust must, as far as possible, be utilized for purposes of braking.
  6. An appeal is made to all pilots to be considerate towards inhabitants of areas adjacent to airfields by combating aircraft noise at all times.
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