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About AviMap

Why AviMap?

In an age of sophisticated computer software, some of which take good care of flight planning, many would ask why AviMap?

AviMapís main purpose is to provide the pilot with the latest 1: 1 000 000 aeronautical charts in a single volume. AviMap also provides a wealth of other quick reference information not often found in a single publication. It should be noted that AviMap does not replace flight planning, but assists the pilot in planning and when information is needed in the cockpit. In addition SACAA regulation 91.02.7 (1) (h) stipulates that current maps and charts of the area to be flown must be carried on board all aircraft.

Chart Size 1 : 1 000 000

Using current large sized maps is a cumbersome process in cockpits that have limited space. AviMap is easy to use and each page covers 2 degrees by 2 degrees with properly referenced pages and other pertinent flight information. More experienced pilots have indicated a preference for the smaller scale in that more map is reflected per page than on the 1: 500 000 chart scale.


The Map Pages

Each map page is referenced by degrees to the adjoining page and contains a shaded area common to both pages.

The map pages have been made up from the existing 1: 1 000 000 charts supplied by the Department: Rural Development and Land Reform and Chief Directorate: National Geo-Spatial Information. The following table reflects the date of the latest editions of each chart. Please note that the aeronautical information shown on these maps may contain discrepancies which can occur when data sets have been adopted from different time periods.

1 : 1 000 000 Chart

update (RSA)
Aeronautical update
(Outside RSA)
3422 Cape Town 2014 10/2018 N/A
3421 Port Elizabeth 2015 05/2015 N/A
3396 Calvinia 2006 10/2018 NAMIBIA 2018
3397 Bloemfontein 2006 10/2017 N/A
3398 Durban 2015 05/2021 LESOTHO 2002
3301 Vryburg 2006 10/2017 NAMIBIA 2017 / BOTSWANA 2012 & SWAZILAND 1999
3300 Johannesburg 2015 10/2019 BOTSWANA 2012 /
3299 Maputo 2010 10/2018 MOZAMBIQUE 2004 / 
3275 Bulawayo 2006 12/2016 BOTSWANA 201 / 
3276 Inhambane 2000 12/2016 MOZAMBIQUE 2004 / 

Navigation / Route Planning

Pages 28 and 29 contain a map of South Africa that can be used as a planning map. Example - a flight from Cape Town to George will intersect map pages 72, 73 and 74. The route plan may then be transferred to the required map pages. The Area Flight Information Service (AFIS) sector boudaries are also indicated on this planning map.

Frequency Chart (Airfields & Heliports)

While every effort is made to verify the information published, pilots are advised to research their intended destination thoroughly and especially when the destination is an unlicensed airfield or heliport.

The following abbreviations should be noted when referring to this section:
L = Licensed per CAA regulations and standards
U = Unlicensed
UM = Unlicensed Military
UP = Unlicensed Private
LP = Licensed Private

Aerial Overviews of Major Airfields

These have been compiled to give pilots an area overview of the major airfields as well as communication information, airfield dimensions, elevation and taxiway references. Further information that may be of use to pilots is added in a remarks column.

Flight Planning

This section covers the details required to fill in a flight plan as well as an example of a completed flight plan form.

Pilots are referred to SA CAA AIPs ENR 1.10 for detailed flight planning notes.

Nautical Mile Distance Chart

A nautical mile distance chart using the Great Circle Distance method is included, which will be useful in determining distance to and from most of the popular airfields in South Africa.

Restricted, Prohibited and Danger Areas

A summary of these areas is published on pages 94, 95 & 96 and is cross-referenced to the AviMap pages on which they appear. This summary also contains the identifying reference, the nature of the restriction, the controlling authority and other pertinent information including special frequencies that may be required during flying operations.

Other Sections

In addition, AviMap includes other sections that are of general use to pilots and are self-explanatory. These include: sunrise and sunset table, conversion tables, transition altitudes, fuel availability, morse code tables and strip codes.

Changes and Updates

Aviation takes place in a dynamic and changing environment and to this end pilots are advised to consult the SA CAA AIPs and ADs to ensure that they keep abreast of updates regarding all aeronautical information contained in this publication. The publisher will also provide regular updates of airfield information in both AviMapís Airfields and AviMapís Frequency Charts.

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