Paragliding Porterville - Safety

During peak summer months (December to February) mid-day paragliding Porterville conditions call for current, thermic-experienced pilots:
  • Take off:
    • Small.  Precise skills are required.
    • Strong thermic and cross wind.
    • Launch timing in thermic cycles.
    • Falling over and/or being dragged can lead to severe injuries.
  • Landing:
    • Thermic.  Active approach is required.
    • Strong winds later in the day.
  • Flight
    • Strong, wind swept thermals.
    • When present, low, solid inversions can lead to prolonged periods of active flying.
    • Ridge flying is over/next to a very solid, sharp edged bolder strewn mountain.  Contact almost cetainly means injury.
    • NW sea breeze can be blue and very fast moving.
  • Equipment
    • Fly at the top of your glider's weight range.
    • A reserve is a must.
    • Speedbar connected and be proficient in using it.
    • Carry water in case you have to walk out.
    • High factor sunscreen.  The sun is relentless.

Outside of the mid-day window these tips apply to a lesser degree.

If you are offered advice then determine if the person you are speaking to has actually ever flown.  Porterville paragliding is not PG bullsh*t or accident free.  Do not become the next statistic.

If you are inexperienced or unsure then join a fly-guided group or hire a guide.

Paragliding Porterville - Pampoenfontein take-offPampoenfontein take-off.

Did you know?

Paragliding Porterville - A landing Red Locust on the Porterville ridge.



The immature adult Red Locust is a brown colour which gets deeper and redder with age.

Swarms only fly during the day at temperatures above 26ºC but solitary locusts prefer to fly alone in the dark.

Swarms of Red Locusts rarely travel more than 20-30 kilometres in one day. Swarming females often lay eggs at night, their youngsters immediately capable of "hopping" hundreds of metres every day.

The last widespread plague occurred in Southern Africa from 1930-1944 when almost all of South Africa was invaded.


 

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