Pilots Corner

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Flight Information

Matsieng FBMA will be a temporary entry/exit point from:

Friday 24 May 09h00 – 18h00. Saturday 25 May 07h00 – 17h00. Sunday 26 May 07h00 – 12h00.

Fly direct from: FALA/FAPN/FAPP, file your flightplan for FBSK, once you are handed over to Botswana (Gaborone Approach 128.20), inform ATC that you are going to the Airshow, they will divert you. Please file your outbound flightplan with your inbound, you can always change the time on the phone.

  • Destination: Matsieng Aerodrome (FBMA) Runway 06/24 – 1300m compacted gravel with coordinates S 24 21 00.52 E 026 04 59.47.)  
  • Fuel available at SIR SERETSE KHAMA Airport in Gaborone - approach 128.20. Approach tower will normally respond with a "160 radial 15nm inbound clear overhead GBV" and tower 118.3. Runway direction 08/26.
  • Arrive on Friday afternoon and fly out on Sunday morning (only).
  • Please file your flightplan for the return flight (departure from Matsieng) se same time you file the inbound one. Sample FP, RSA Port Health, RSA Immigration and GENDEC attached. Send outbound FP to FBSK Briefing Fax: +267 390 4559  (get ref no. on tel 00267 391 6493) or File2fly.


Fueling: Fuel is available for fly-in pilots at Pilanesberg



Notice to all visiting NTCA Pilots from Neighbouring Countries


We are pleased to announce that the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana reduced the costs of the permit, for ZU–aircraft, flying into Matsieng for the Airshow. The fee will be P100, which will be paid by Matsieng Flying Club, when you submit your application. Pilots will then be charged the P100/R130, when landing at Matsieng for the Airshow. Please take note of the following important information:


  • Pilots must apply for the permit at least 7 days before the arrival date in Botswana. We suggest you start now!
  • The permit will only be valid for aircraft flying to Matsieng for the Air Show and directly back to South Africa.
  • All aircraft will be charged a minimal navigational fee upon landing.
  • No landing fees will be charged at Matsieng Air Strip. (Donations welcome)
  • All applications must be made directly with the CAAB . The contact person is:
    • Mr Darlington Dire, Flight Operations Inspector, Flight Safety
    • Tel: (+ 267) 3688200 (Switchboard) (+267) 3688316 (Direct)
    • Mobile:(+267) 73477641
    • Email:ddire@caab.co.bw
  • Please click here to download the necessary documents and information.
  • CAAB also requires copies of first 4 pages of Pilot's Licence and a Medical certificate.
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