Southern Africa Division

The Africa and Middle East Region of the VATSIM Network encompasses one of the most diverse and beautiful places on earth. From busy airports like Johannesburg and Dubai to cruising across the deserts of the Middle East or the Sahara, the Africa and Middle East Region has every kind of flight environment imaginable.

The goal of this region of the VATSIM Network is to facilitate air traffic growth, safety, and fun in Africa and the Middle East. Using real world procedures, regulations, and information, the region strives to help its divisions attain the maximum level of professionalism, realism, and fun. Striving for a simulation model, the Africa and Middle East Region Office works as a liaison between the divisions and the VATSIM Executive Committee, and advises its divisions on many issues, including training, all in the interest of realism.

Under new leadership, the region strives to establish a unique and unprecedented integration project that will enhance and streamline its members experience on the network, and make the experience easier and more enjoyable for first time flyers and professionals alike.
Rean Opperman (923715)

Southern Africa Division Director

Nelis Coetzee (1312742)


Volker Jacob (987151)

VATSAF Operations Director

arno coetzee (1433897)

VATSAF Flight Training Director


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Latest News

VATSAF1 and VATSAF2 appointed

December 10, 2019

New VATSAF3 – Chief Flight Instructor - Appointed

November 6, 2019

New ACCEAC1 Appointed

October 28, 2019

VATSAF 16 – Deputy Operations Director Appointed

September 7, 2019


Policies and procedures ensure that operations at the division run smooth and efficiently. It is essential that all members at Southern Africa review the policies/procedures.