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?

Paragliding Porterville - Speckled Mousebird.

The Speckled Mousebird is common in South Africa where it is a regular visitor to Porterville gardens and habitats feeding mainly on fruit.

These are very social birds, feeding together, engaging in mutual preening and accompanying each other when they go to ground to dust bathe.

A breeding couple are helped by 2-6 helpers, usually young birds from previous clutches although half are not even related!!

Mousebirds like to hang in trees with a monkey-like grip directing their bellies upwards to make the most of chilly winter sunshine.


 

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