Porterville Paragliding Sites - Protea Farm


View of the Koo Valley, northern take off.

SITE NAME: Protea Farm, Koo Valley.
DESCRIPTION: Mountain and flatland flying.  The Koo Valley is on the northern side.  Robertson Valley is on the southern side.

SAHPA GRADING:
 - North: PG BASIC under guidance (IPPA3).
 - South: PG SPORT (IPPA4).

WIND: NW to NE. SW to SE.
GPS: S33º44.00’ E19º54.00’.
ALTITUDE: 1415m AMSL.
AIRPACE:
- Ceiling:
  - FACT TMA B - FL145/FL195.
- Nearby:
  - 10km S:
     - FAD 157 - SFC to FL70.
     - Robertson Parachuting DZ - SFC to FL115.
LAUNCH: Wild.  No markings, no netts.
LANDING: No official landing.
CAUTIONS:
- South Side:
   - Big mountain flying.
   - Can be cross despite appearing to be on.
   - Clouds can be due to leeward separation.
   - Ensure the macro meteorology is on.
- Can be windy at Montagu.
DIRECTIONS:
- via Robertson (Quickest from Cape Town).
- via De Doorns.
CARETAKER: Kaapse Buitepos Klub
SITE RULES:
- Private Land. (Pierre Burger 083 653 8565).
- Access with prior approval only.
- Restricted departure times.
- Prestine nature.  Leave no footprints.
SITE FEES: R150 per vehicle going up.
SITE RECORD: Ant Allen, 68km, Nov. 2014.
FLIGHTS: Leonardo Filter.

 

The Koo Valley, looking towards Montagu.

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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  Take-Off (IWeather):
Date : 2018/08/15
Time : 11:17:37
Temp : 10.4 °C
Dew : -20 °C
Wind Dir : WSW
Vmin : 0 km/h
Vmax : 8 km/h
Vavg : 4 km/h
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