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?

Paragliding Porterville - Male Malachite Sunbird during breeding season.

Malachite Sunbirds are found in hilly fynbos including protea stands which makes Porterville an ideal habitat for them.

The species is monogamous and the adult male is a beautiful metallic green when breeding and also has an elaborate display flight. He is hardly present during this time, only occasionally bringing food to the female or chick.

The female has brown upper parts with some indistinct streaking on the breast

Sunbirds have long thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues for feeding mainly on nectar.


 

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