Porterville located in the South West of South Africa, in about 90 km from the Atlantic ocean, and 120 km North East of Cape Town. It offers a nice mixture of thermal and dynamic flying, offering big distance flights possible on the ridge and in the flats.
The town itself is situated in the vast Swartland valley stretching West, South and North. On the East it is bordered by the Winterhoek Mountain chain, that serves the natual barrier form Atlantic winds passing into the center of the country, known as the Karoo.
Pampoenfontein is the most commonly used take off site in and around 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.
Take off Leuwenkop (also known as Pampoenfontein) – S32º55.616’ E19º02.235’, 800m (ASL).
Winds: W – SSW, thermic SE days.
Take off is a netted area in the fynbos. Top landing is possible.
Landing: Field in front of Take Off.
- 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
– 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.
The latest record was beaten by Wim Verhoeve in January 2016. (Western Cape Record).