Langebaanweg Airspace

The sections below detail the agreement between SAHPA and Airforce Base Langebaanweg (FALW) regarding the flexible use of FAR45 and FAD46 airspace.

Please link to the official agreement for the exact wording.  The text on this page serves as a friendly overview only.

Please do not abuse FALW airspace or the concessions that they have kindly granted us.

FAR45 - Langbaanweg Airspace

FAR45 and FAD46 (45/46) is airspace under FALW control with the following boundaries as indicated on the map above:

  • Bokpunt on the coast (north of Koeberg) to 
  • Malmesbury to Saron to
  • Clanwilliam to Lambert’s Bay and 
  • A chunk of the Atlantic Ocean connecting Lambert’s Bay and Bokpunt.

Clearance to enter 45/46 must be arranged either via

  • The Whattsapp group or by contacting:
  • FlyPorterville
  • Birmen Paragliding
  • The Flyers' Lodge
Details can be found on the contact page.

Clearance should be requested preferably the day before but no later than 09h00 on the day by supplying the following information:

1. Planned flight date
2. Planned launch site
3. Planned route code or sectors if route not listed
4. Expected maximum altitude during the flight

Applications have to be submitted for any flights that are made from within or approach 10km of 45/46’s outer boundaries.

If we stick to the above the no reply from FALW means that we are cleared for take-off.

In addition:

  • During the summer (October to February) we have automatic clearance to fly the entire Porterville valley (Moorreesburg, Saron, Renosterhoek, Piketberg, Koringberg) below 1500m AMSL
  • At weekends and public holidays we have automatic clearance for flights east of the Piketberg, Koringberg mountain line up to 3000m AMSL. Flights from Koringberg to Elandsbay are restricted to 1500m AMSL.

Daily clearance procedures still apply to take off sites and flights east of Piketberg and Koringberg as they are too close to FALW ATZ for automatic clearance.  Flights made outside of the concession zone outlined above also require pre-flight clearance requests.

FALW may at any time close the airspace to gliders at their own discretion.

Did you know?

Porterville Attractions - African Caper White Butterfly.

In South Africa the Pioneer Butterfly is also known as the African Caper White or Brown-Veined White.

It is well known during summer and autumn when large numbers migrate north-east over the interior. Such erratic migrations are probably more properly called ”eruptions”. When the population reaches a particularly high level and there's not enough food, the butterflies head off en masse to find new foraging grounds.

When they arrive in such large numbers the larvae remove all the leaves from thickets of Maerua and substantially change the vegetation dynamics of the areas they settle in.


 


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