South African Model Aircraft Association

This is the organisation that is tasked with controlling and regulating the model flying hobby in South Africa and is a sub division of the Civil Aviation Authority of South Africa.

Memberhip to SAMAA covers you for liability as long as you are flying at a SAMAA registered model aircraft flying club, Most of the official clubs in South Africa are registered with SAMAA and require you to be a SAMAA member before you can fly at these clubs. You can choose to fly elsewhere without these memberships, but be warned, accidents happen, even to the most experienced model pilots and you could face charges if damage or injury has been caused.

Official SAMAA Website


SAMAA Membership Application


An article about proficiencies is published in the SAMAA News Issue 2 of 2014 on page 8, I will mention some phrases from that article below written by Ludwig Steyn:

2. Any pilot holding a valid SAMAA proficiency, who has been appointed by his club as a club-instructor, can test and qualify fellow club members (or visiting members) for a solo rating. For Bronze, silver and Gold tests, two SAMAA instructors are required.

3. Get involved in the training process of new club members, Introduce yourself and offer assistance. I once had a situation where a new member came to our club several times, unpacked his equipment, and stood around chatting to the other members. Only after I asked him why he is not flying, did I realize that he is a new member and needs help. He is one of our top pilots today, but it could have been so much different.

4. As a club instructor, you will know the ability of your fellow members and I believe it your duty to motivate them and provide a platform for furthering their flying skills.

5. Remember that a proficiency test is not an aerobatic competition. The emphasis is on safety and the pilots ability to maintain control of his aircraft at all times. If the student does not understand a specific manoeuvre, take time and help/show them what is expected of them.

7. Tests for solo and bronze need only one flight, The solo test requires a pass or fail score, the bronze test required a score between zero and ten, with a score of not less than (3) for any given manoeuvre and an average score of not less than 50%.

8. Please remember that the judges scores are final. believe in the integrity of the judges, they will at all times act in the interest and the greater good of the sport.

10. Some old time members, who have been flying for a long time and know more about aero-modelling than I ever will, posed a question as to their own proficiency ratings. Guys, fly your tests. Take it as a challenge, show the younger members how it should be done, you should not experience any difficulty in your flying capability and understanding of the manoeuvers.