AfrikaBurn promotes radical self-reliance, civic responsibility and is a leave no trace event. Keep this in mind when bringing your aircraft along. This document aims to make your flight safer and more enjoyable. For any info or questions please email: [email protected]
Flying in the Tankwa Karoo region can be dangerous. Winds are treacherous, storms are sudden and violent, dust storms can reduce visibility to zero, and hospitals are far away. The landing surface is unpaved, and safe landing conditions are not guaranteed. You are entirely responsible for your own safety and that of your passengers. Take any and all reasonable safety precautions, including but not limited to having a good understanding of mountain flying and practicing with an instructor at a high density altitude airfield. Avail yourself of any and all resources to prepare for flying under these conditions.
This is the 2017 airspace map (click image to download the PDF):
The airspace above Tankwa Town and its associated art installations hosts various aerial activities, including RPAS/UAVs/drones, paragliding, parachuting, and balloons. Manned aircraft must not overfly this area at a height of less than 1500’AGL. Flights operating near perimeter of this area should maintain a safe lateral distance away from the boundary.
Transponder equipped aircraft should squawk 2000 if not already assigned a squawk. Regular transmissions must be made on 124.8 MHz and pilots must keep a good lookout for possible conflicting traffic. It’s recommended you turn on your landing light to make yourself more visible.
The Tankwa Town Zone (GND/400’AGL) is for use by RPAS/UAVs/drones which are able to comply with strict licensing and accreditation requirements. Operations east of Lady Davina Boulevard are not authorised due to proximity of the airstrip. You can read more about drone requirements on our Drones/Unmanned aircraft page.
The Tankwa Town Recreation Zone had unfortunately been withdrawn: hobby/recreational drones and model aircraft aren’t allowed. CAA Part 101 regulations prohibit their use within 10km of an active runway.
See also this related article on News24.
• Fixed wing parking: to the west of the runway, south of the windsock.
• Additional fixed-wing parking: for lager aircraft, to the east of the runway.
• Helicopter parking: to the west of the runway, north of the shelter.
No tie-down points are provided: bring your own. Consider bringing some sand bags, a spade, or some metal pegs, a heavy hammer and some rope to secure your aircraft.
Weather information for Stonehenge/Tankwa Town can be found at the following link: http://www.yr.no/place/South_Africa/Northern_Cape/Stonehenge/
The Tankwa Karoo is a dusty place, so please mind your prop wash: where it is blowing, and how much dust it is producing. This is especially important if you are flying a helicopter. Please descend away from the parking area if you are flying a helicopter. Avoid doing engine run-ups near parking area and camping areas.
Dust can also be caused naturally, the winds can be high and the dust storms can be violent in the desert, always ensure your aircraft is tied down securely, and your controls are locked. Protect your aircraft by covering up engine intakes and pitot/static ports, tying down the wings, and securing the controls.
Try to keep noise levels under control. Avoid run-ups at the parking area. Avoid low flying over the event. Run-ups can be done on the run-up pad at the threshold of runway 23 or 05.
Emergency landings in the desert: Always bring enough water and gear to survive an emergency landing in the desert. Rescue is not guaranteed, and it may not arrive for hours or even days if they can find you. Be prepared.
All participants entering the event need to present themselves for ticketing at the airstrip entrance, by quoting your allocation number on first contact, you will shorten the ticketing process.
If you have any doubts or questions communicate this on approach to be guided to best possible parking. Our airport fairies will show you the way. Please make sure that everyone on board your aircraft who is attending the event has a valid pre-purchased ticket. Remember that no tickets are sold at the gate.
NO TICKET, NO ENTRY – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Document for guidance only – AfrikaBurn takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided.