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Fédération Aéronautique Internationale The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI - The World Air Sports Federation, was founded in 1905. It is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organisation with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide, ratifying world and continental records and coordinating the organisation of international competitions. After a century of steady growth, FAI is now an organisation of more than 100 member countries, forming a strong network linking all those who participate in air sports worldwide.

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The South African Model Aircraft Association is the governing body for model aircraft activities (also known as aeromodelling, or model aviation). The SAMAA is delegated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (through RAASA - Recreational Aviation Administration of SA, and the Aero Club of South Africa), to provide a membership service to those interested in the building and flying of all forms of model aircraft.

The activity of Control Line flying in South Africa, goes back to the late 1940s, and was the second majoe discipline to be flown in South Africa. With the advent of reliable radio control flying in about 1957, the control line discipline took a back seat to.........

Large Scale Aerobatics is a SIG (Special Interest Group) affiliated with SAMAA whereby we fly large scale aerobatic aircraft in competitions to test our skill and sometimes our nerves. Large Scale Aerobatics has been running for a number of years, but of late, has needed a change in order to get known worldwide so that our top pilots may compete with the best of the best in the world, and we know that they will make us proud. If you are a member of SAMAA and would like to come join us and see what we are about, just email our chairman for venues and dates until we get a calendar sorted. We encourage all shapes and sizes to come and we will be more than willing to help if you want to get into Large Scale Aerobatics. At the end of the day, we are all just people doing what we love because we have a passion to fly. If you are not a member of SAMAA or into model aircraft but would like to see these giants fly, just email the chairman. Don't miss it.

Precision Aerobatics is an addiction, as well as an international sport that demands discipline. As with all addictions, you need to TRY it before you can become hooked. You need to understand the rules of the sport which are defined by the FAI Sporting code and amended for local use in the Sporting Code. To become a proficient aerobatic pilot takes years of practice and dedication, and the improvement to your flying skills will be immediately apparent. The self satisfaction, as each new skill is learnt and perfected, will be on-going and can culminate in representing South Africa at the F3A World Championships.

RAASA was established to discharge specific functions designated to it, by the South African Civil Aviation Authority. Following the first three years of designation, the SACAA renewed the agreement of designation, which not only brought South Africa in line with international practice, but solidified the role of RAASA in handling National specific issues relating Non-Type-Certificated Aircraft, its operation and airworthiness requirements. This industry responded very well to the new structure, and has pledged support and co-operation in making this initiative a success. A major part of the success of the organisation stems from the staff’s direct proximity to, and involvement in the aviation activities and its participants. We extend our sincere thanks to all those who have supported RAASA through its formative years, and are looking forward to extending the service and responsibilities to the aviation community in cooperation and interaction with the SACAA and other regulating bodies. We look forward to being of continued service!