Paragliding Porterville - Legal

To fly legally in Porterville or anywhere else in South Africa, you must have a current SAHPA (South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) license.  Your guide or group leader will obtain a 2 month permit for you.  Alternatively, you can contact us for assitance.

You must carry your SAHPA license and your flying association's flying license with you whenever you are flying.

The SAHPA license gives you:

  • The right to fly.
  • A radio license:
    • 141.600 mhz
    • 141.625 mhz
  • Casevac

Excluded:

  • Medical insurance.  It is advisable that you take out medical insurance from your country of origin.  Porterville does have a small but basic hospital.
  • Site fees.

Paragliding Porterville - Flatlands from the air
Porterville Flatlands by Dietmar Neumann.

Paragliding Porterville - A gaggle above town
A gaggle thermalling above town.

Did you know?

Porterville Paragliding - Long Tailed Fiscal.

The Long-Tailed Fiscal is a member of the Shrike family and is a noisy, eye-catching bird with a very long graduated tail and strong bill.

It can often be seen be seen perched in Porterville's open countryside, telegraph poles and wires waving its long tail from side to side excitedly.

From these vantage points it watches for and then dives onto its prey of insects, lizards, snakes and bird chicks.

Fiscals hunt perched about two metres off the ground where they watch for and then dive onto their prey which is usually taken from the ground or from foliage, but rarely from the air.


 

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