Nestled in the heart of Ekurhuleni, the Brakpan Aero Club has its home at the Brakpan-Benoni airfield, and has a history dating back to its establishment in 1953. Central to the Brakpan, Benoni, Springs, Boksburg metro, this airfield is well situated for business people visiting the East Rand area. At a distance of only 17 kilometres from OR Tambo International Airport, the location of the airfield provides a central point of transfer for local flights.
The beautifully renovated clubhouse boasts a restaurant, lounge, pub and outside braai area. With a view onto the apron and runway, this airfield is a dream for any aviation enthusiast. The tarred runway is 1440m excluding the 180m stop-ways at both ends and heading 18/36.There are presently three flight schools at the airport, jointly training some 120 new pilots per year. Many commercial and air transport pilots are also trained here and quite a number of airline captains had their tutelage at Brakpan airfield. The chief flight instructor Mr Seymore Lugg, known to most as ‘Sluggy’, has been involved at the airfield since 1961 and is a legend in the aviation fraternity.
With all the hustle and bustle of ongoing training and business conducted at the airfield, Brakpan Airfield is still a place where families can gather under the trees and enjoy the sights and sounds of the airfield while enjoying a hearty breakfast from the restaurant or a braai on a weekend. After some flying action, it is a great place to hang out with flying friends.
The committee at Brakpan Aero Club have been successful at uplifting the airfield, and organising events, to attract visitors from across the country to this beautiful airfield. New hangars have been erected, and the club has aquired many new pilots, and interesting aircraft.
As a bonus to the club there is a beautiful fenced swimming pool for those hot summer days and for all to enjoy after all the flying! Family, flying and camaraderie at the airfield, are central to the ambiance, and many inclusive events are held.
The Brakpan Aero Club looks forward to welcoming you!