Barberton Airport (FABR)

RWY 35-17. 1000m. Grass. Lights. Elv: 2250ft. Co-ords:S25º43'051 - E030º58'515 Freq: 123.95 Call sign "Barberton"

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Latest updates: Runway has been resurfaced. New weather station now operational. (call on 123.95 for WX info). Additional lighting for night operations. Runway fully enclosed by electrified game fencing.

The Barberton Airport is situated in the heart of the Barberton Valley in the most Southern part of the South African Lowveld (Wild Frontier). This is an established general aviation aerodrome serving the Barberton Valley area.

The airport is available for public use however it is privately owned and the home base of Bush Air and CC Pocock's Advanced Flying Courses.

Situated 15km from Barberton and 35 km from Nelspruit, off the R40, 1km on the Snymansbult road.

The infrastructure includes a 1000m grass runway with lights, tower, hangar & workshop facility, lodge and secure aircraft parking area.

STATUS: Official Barberton Airport (FABR). Privatly owned. Land at your own risk and discretion. Right of admission is reserved. Owner: CC Pocock Email Tel: 082 490 5721

CO-ORDINATES: S25º43'051 - E030º58'515. Google Airspace overlay - Google Traffic Patterns overlay

FREQUENCY: 123.95 mhz within min 2nm for joining and landing. Call sign: "Barberton". Unmanned procedures. Barberton TWR is occasionaly operational for weather station and runway info. etc. Keep a look out for aircraft flying through traffic area not on radio frequency 123.95. See Caution notice below.

RUNWAY (17 - 35): 1000m x15m. Gravel / dirt. Lights. Elv: 2250ft

The runway surface is 1000m x 15m (3300ft x 50ft) compacted hard grass between the runway lights. Runway clearing (airstrip) is 1150m x 50m wide. The runway has a 1.6º slope, RWY 35 is uphill and 17 is downhill. All landings on RWY 35 and take off's on RWY 17. There are no obstacles on the approach or departure. Microlight strips under the left base for RWY's 17 & 35 - refer to the bottom of this page for more info.

The runway is clearly marked and equipped with ICAO specification runway lighting. Refer to bottom of this page for Night Operations Procedures.


PARKING: All visiting aircraft to park on main apron located next to the old terminal building and tower, midway on the western side of the runway. No parking at Bush Air hangar west abeam runway 17 threshold, this is a private area. Parking in this area by prior arrangement only.

HOLDING POINT RWY 17: Holding area and run-up's only on the Eastern side of RWY 17 threshold. (Look out for the "HOLD 17" sign). No run-up's, holding or parking in front of Bush Air hangar!

FUEL: No Fuel.

MISCELLANEOUS: Airfield available to the Film & TV industry for location, stunts and special effects. Fully equipped workshop / hangar.


Information on this page last update: 22 November 2015

Night Operations Procedures.

Runway 35 threshold is displaced to the touchdown markers by 200m for night operations.

All night landings are to be made ONLY on runway 35. Traffic pattern minimum 3500ft asl downwind (Runway elevation is 2250ft at the center).

Contact "Barberton" on freq: 123.95 Join overhead at 4500ft then a descending turn to join a left or right downwind for runway 35 at minimum 3500ft.

Continue down wind and turn base over the Badplaas road (R38). In the event of a missed approach / go around, conduct an immediate maximum climbing left turn before abeam the tower or the end of the runway and re-enter the downwind for runway 35. Do not continue on the extended centerline as there are powerlines at 2650ft asl .5nm to the north of the 17 threshold and a hill at 3000ft asl 1nm to the North West of RWY 17 threshold. Approach to land only on the runway with green threshold lighting (RWY 35). If threshold lights are red then you are on a dangerous approach to runway 17! All departures to be made only from runway 17.

Do not land here at night unless you have prior permission, a briefing and have signed an indemnity form. Contact us to confirm operation of runway lighting & beacon.

Land at your own risk and descretion.

IFR Operations

During IMC, Inbound traffic is advised to use either Kruger International or Malalane for cloudbreak. However due to the possibility of SVFR clearance not being given after cloudbreak at FAKN, it is recomended that if IMC conditions exsist that you cancel IFR and proceed direct to Barberton. Departing traffic to contact Kruger TWR or JHB info once airborn and clear of traffic pattern to activate FP.





  • Airfield is used as a Filming Location.
  • Low level aircraft operations including stunt flying and aerobatics takes place within 5nm radius of the airfield.
  • Occasional use of Explosives / Pyrotechnics and High Power Lasers for Special Effects Purposes for Stunts, Film & TV productions as well as Aerial Pyrotechnics.
  • The above activities can take place any time day or night.
  • Explosives blast sites, aerial pyrotechnic launch sites and explosives magazines are located on the airfield.
  • Pilots to call or announce intentions on frequency 123.95 within a 5nm radius if intending to land, operate in the vicinity of or overhead Barberton Airfield.
  • Co-ordinates at centre of runway: S25'43'051 E030'58'515
  • For current information on activities at the airfield please consult web site: Owner & operator: CC Pocock, Cell. 082 490 5721, Email:

Microlight strips within the Barberton Aerodrome Traffic Area (ATA).

  • Microlight strip "Jock of the Bushveld" situated directly under the left base turn to runway 17. This strip is located parallel to the R40 Nelspruit / Barberton road. This strip poses a hazard to aircraft doing touch & go's on RWY 17 at Barberton Airport. Microlights operating here not on Barberton frequency 123.95mhz .
  • Pyramid Airfield 3nm North of Barberton Airport. Aircraft operating from this airfield frequently fly through the left base and downwind possitions to RWY 17-35 without broadcasting on freq: 123.95!
  • Microlight strip under left base sector to runway 35. This strip is known as "Alma" and is located on the southern side of the Badplaas road. Its possition is 1.8nm south of runway 35 threshold.
Barberton Airport (FABR) on the latest aviation charts.
Please note that on all the latest aviation charts, the name "Barberton Valley" has been changed to "Barberton". Some old maps dating back 6 -7 years ago show this airfield as "Bush Air". This is because in the very begining this airfield was the Bush Air private airstrip. The name eventually changed to "Barberton Valley" and then a few years ago when it became the official Barberton Airport the name was again finaly changed to "Barberton".

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