"The best long distance soaring and holiday centre in the world"
We have two tug planes on our disposal, Cessna 182 and a Samba 100hp Rotax engine and seven gliders for rental fully equipped with trailers. Well equipped facilities on the airfield and in town and the best weather imaginable.
Bid for the 2020 World Gliding Championships, Kimberley, South Africa
In 2001 the Soaring Society of South Africa (SSSA) hosted the 27th FAI World Gliding Championship in Mafikeng and as it was such a very successful event, SSSA has decided to bid once again to host the World Gliding Championship scheduled to be held in late 2020 or early 2021, but this time to be held in Kimberley.
There are a lot of reasons for selecting Kimberley - it is very central and there is a large variety of accommodation to suit the finances of the visiting pilots and crews.The town has the infrastructure for and all of the required facilities to host such an event, namely accommodation, restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. The FAKM airport has a big terminal with restaurant facilities. The airfield has ample parking area and could comfortably accommodate the approximately 120 gliders and the containers in which they would be shipped to South Africa and it is also very close and convenient to town.
FAKM airport will also benefit directly that the pilots and crew can fly in and are on site.
Most importantly however for gliding are the weather conditions in the Kimberley area, as it is very central and it is also very close to the trough line. The trough line comes down from Angola through Namibia and it curves off to the east. It has the tendency to move, in other words it is sometimes slightly north of Kimberley or it moves further down to south. The trough line is usually good for gliding weather and depending where the the trough line sits, one can set the task according to where the good weather is, so we would have the privilege to have a vast gliding "window" available for the flights.
The previous season was extremely successful with local and foreign pilots. With some attempting 1000 km goals and achieving them, some braking the national records or others just coming to enjoy the excellent flying conditions.
We have limited shade parking space, so early booking is essential please.