Porterville Paragliding - Leeuwenkop/ Pampoenfontein

Porterville Paragliding - Pampoenfontein Take-OffLeeuwenkop (Pampoenfontein) Take-Off. 

SITE NAME: Leuwenkop (also known as Pampoenfontein).
DESCRIPTION: Pampoenfontein is the most commonly used take off in Porterville.  It is the safer take off in anything south of west. It is higher and faces more directly into the prevailing thermic cross-wind.

SAHPA GRADING: 
 - PG BASIC + 2
 - HG A.
WIND: W - SSW, thermic SE days.
GPS: S32º55.616’ E19º02.235’.
ALTITUDE: 800m (ASL).
AIRSPACE:
- Langebaanweg clearance required.
- Ceiling:
  - FACT UTA B;Class C; FL195/FL145.
- Nearby:
  - 5km West: FAR45A; FL195/FL1500AGL.
  - 20 km South; FACT TMA E; Class C; FL145/FL085.
LAUNCH: A netted area in the fynbos. Top landing is possible.
LANDING: Field in front of Take Off.
CAUTIONS:
- It can be more cross and stronger than it seems on take-off.
- In summer, experienced guidance is highly recommended.
- It is not a beginner site.
DIRECTIONS:
- Drive North out of town.
- Turn right onto the dirt road sign posted "Dasklip Pass" after about 5km.
- Drive up the pass and around the back.
- After 5km take the track to the right.
- Park in the clearing and walk to take off.
CARETAKER: Flyers Lodge
SITE RULES: Published by Land Manager
PERMISSION: Sign in AND out.
SITE FEES: R50-00 per pilot.
RECORD:
Ant Allen,173 km, January 2011 (Western Cape Record).
FLIGHTS: Leonardo Filter

 

The information above was adapted from the "Fresh Air Site Guide" with permission from the author, Greg Hamerton. The Fresh Air Site Guide can be bought in Porterville.

Porterville Paragliding - Pampoenfontein
Pampoenfontein - Winelands Open 2011.

Did you know?

Porterville Paragliding - Blue Lotus Water Lily.

The lovely Blue Lotus Water Lily is South Africas’ most common indigenous water lily and is found in ponds, rivers and dams in and around rural Porterville.

The water lily does not have true stems, the leaves grow on long petioles (leaf stalks) and one plant can spread over an area of about 1 metre.

White, mauve and pink are other colour forms that occasionally occur. The flowers are fragrant and visited constantly by bees for pollination. A fully open flower measures 15-20 cm across and lasts for about four days. Once flower buds rise to the water surface they open in the morning and close in the evening.


 

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