Newsletter – March 2013

Dear SAHPA Members,

Can you believe that we are already in March? Where have the past 3 months gone …

Please find below some important information from the SAHPA office and the future changes that might affect you as a pilot.

SAHPA OFFICE CLOSED FROM 17 – 24 April 2013:

While the office is closed, please remember to submit your paperwork regardless as in the event of a claim could jepordise your cover.


SAHPA Office has still got a lot of renewals/ applications with outstanding paperwork and as a result cannot issue the SAHPA licenced nor is able to submit it to RAASA for final processing.

It is important that ALL pilots know that flying without a valid licence is illegal and it is imperative that all the correct documentation is submitted to the SAHPA office in order for a licence to be issued. If pilots have not as yet received their new licence cards, please contact the SAHPA office to find out why.


Pilots are legally obliged to avoid controlled Airspace. Please familiarize yourself with the controlled airspace in your surrounding areas. Airspace is there for your protection.


As from 1 January 2013 all new applications and renewals must be accompanied with a Class 4 medical. The general Medical Fitness form will no longer be accepted. The new Class 4 medical is available from the SAHPA office as well as form the website. A list of designated medical Examiners in the different areas will be available from the SAHPA office on request.


SAHPA was issuing licenses until last year. Currently you were allowed to fly on a SAHPA licence until such time as you have received your RAASA license. With the renewal coming up in June 2013 only RAASA Licenses will be valid and the SAHPA card will become a membership only. We will let you know how to renew shortly and will try and make the process as streamlined as possible. For 2013 renewals, SAHPA will still take in the applications/ renewals and check that all the paperwork is in order before sending it to RAASA for processing. To renew or apply for a RAASA licence it is compulsory for you to be a SAHPA member and the SAHPA membership will still need to be paid to cover the FAI, Aero Club, Insurance and radio licence fees. It will however be reduced as the licence fee will no longer be applicable. The fee breakdown will be communicated to all members during April.


It is coming up for SAHPA committee elections and would appreciate it if you could think carefully on who you would like to nominate. The nomination forms will be sent out in early April and will be informed of the deadlines for each stage of the elections. The AGM will be held in Barberton in June. The dates will be published to all members shortly.


This course is compulsory for all PPG, PPT, PPC and highly recommended for all the other disciplines.

Gauteng Restricted Radio course will be held on
Date & Time:27.04.2013 – 8am to 2pm
28.04.2013 – 8am to 1pm
Venue:Henley Air. Rand Airport, Germiston.
RSVP:Friday 12 April 2013. SAHPA office:
Cost:R 1000.00Bank Account details:
Standard Bank, Midrand (00-11-55)
Acc No: 202-489-280 
Ref: Initials and surname – RT Course
Fax or email proof of payment to 086-611-1005 or
Payments to be received by Friday 12 April 2013

SAHPA can arrange Restricted Radio courses in other provinces provided that there are a minimum 8 pilots wanting to attend. If you are interested please contact the SAHPA office via email and let us know which area you are in and names of pilots who will be able to attend. We can then arrange dates for the course in your area.


SAHPA would like to congratulate Andre Rainsford-Alberts for winning the Paragliding World Cup in Porterville. We greatly appreciate your commitment the sport.

We would also like to extend our thanks to all the hard work Waldo Minny has put in to make the PWC a huge success as well as all the work that he puts in for our paragliding competitions as a whole.


It seems the winter is almost on us, getting chilly in the mornings, especially for the brave inland high altitude pilots.
It is also this time of the year, getting to the end of another year cycle for SAHPA and its members. We started off last year in July with the hope of sorting out the PPG Mop section and in Jan we received confirmation from RAASA to have it completed by end of May. With this task in hand we received a Directive from them and a special group of 5 PPG instructors was selected / volunteered to assist. These 5 members took on a task to have the PPG/PPT completed by the deadline. 
I would like to thank every member of the task group for their time and patience, Keith, Tony, Anthony, Pieter Wolmarans and Riaan. 
With the help off every PPG pilot and with the PG community we will have a working document on the table for review and hopefully approval. This document will be sent out to everyone as soon as we have done the review and RAASA approval. Please support the five members with this task.
2013 will be a year to remember, with major changes taking place, but also in between some adventure and exciting flying trips. Eugene Cussons and Tony Gibson will make an attempt on the world distance record of 9000km. They will be doing a Southern African trip this year of almost 10000km. We wish them all the best of luck and support. Join them on the route for a day or a week and fly and support them, flying for the “Be Generation Now” 
Matt Silver-Vallance will attempt to fly/float from Robben Island to the main land with a cluster of helium-filled party balloons. Matt’s attempt will take place between 1 and 27 April 2013. As he will be entirely dependant on the wind to blow him in the right direction, it’s not possible to set an exact date for the event, the timing of which will be determined by weather reports provided to him by the eNews weather team. Statistically, the month of April provides the best weather windows to gain a gentle, consistent wind between 230???? and 310????, which will allow Matt to float from Robben Island towards the Cape Town mainland. Keith Pickersgill will assist in this daredevil stunt by flying tandem PPG for support and filming of this historical flight. We wish Matt and all involved all the best and enjoy it!
So, it seems we got our hands full till the end of July with the Barberton comp coming up. All the best to all the aviators, organisers and everyone enjoying the sport.

Riaan Struwig



Please take note of the following agreement between Hoedspruit ATC and SAHPA


    There is a requirement for Paragliders to operate in the greater Lowveld Airspace, previously not granted, on an ad hoc basis. This Operations Letter will cover aspects to ensure that all parties involved are informed of the provisions laid down to ensure a safe and efficient flying environment.
  2. AIM
    It is imperative that communication channels are clear and direct. This Operations Letter will serve as the basis for future dialogue. Lowveld is the originator and any amendments will be routed via Lowveld FIS. All procedures laid down are binding.
    This Operations Letter is effective from 01 February 2013.
    Any change shall be made either in the context of a meeting between the two parties, or by exchange of correspondence, with acknowledgment by all signatories concerned.
  5. Whilst temporary deviations from these procedures may be agreed between the parties concerned, as specified in paragraph 13 below, permanent amendments to this document shall be effective only in the form of a written amendment duly signed by authorized representatives.
    Lowveld FIS requires a 24 hour (or greater) in advance notification of the intended flight in order to timeously plot the indentified area on the radar maps, as well as to submit the necessary NOTAM’s. Bookings are only required for pilots who wish to operate above 1500ft AGL in LASS Airspace. LASS’s airspace is defined in AIP, ENR 2.1 – 58 and 59 from (a) to (k). Activation can be done by means of dialling Lowveld FIS during times as specified on telephone number (015) 799 2589.
    • Weekdays: 08h00b to 17h00b.
    • Weekends and public holidays: 09h00b to 17h00b.
  7. All the information that Lowveld requires will be filled in on the activation form. Pilots who prefer e-mail are at liberty to submit this form to Alternatively, the fax number to use is (015) 799 2426. If making use of fax or e-mail, please phone Lowveld to ensure receipt of your request. All activation forms will have a reference number to ensure safe and efficient management of the Lowveld airspace.
  8. Once all the areas have been plotted, Lowveld will endeavour to keep all affected traffic clear of the identified flying area. If not possible, traffic information will be provided to the affected traffic.
    It is compulsory for all motorised paragliders to have 2-way radio communications on board, even for the periods that Lowveld FIS is unmanned. Non motorised paragliders are not required to have 2-way radio communication, but it is imperative to activate the identified area of operation well in advance (refer to par. 6). If no contact can be established with Lowveld FIS during the flight, pilots are to broadcast their intentions on 119.0 MHz. Please refer to AIP ENR 2.2 – 55, paragraph 2.
  10. In the case where radio contact is lost during flight, pilots are to call Lowveld on completion of the flight at (015) 799 2589. Pilots who wish to operate below 1500ft above ground level need not contact Lowveld on 119.0 MHz as they are required to broadcast their intentions on 124.8 MHz.
  11. Pilots should endeavour to restrict operations to below FL095 and must remain clear of all controlled airspace, danger areas and restricted areas including FAR71 at all times. Certain restrictions will be imposed in certain areas, when required by Lowveld FIS, due to traffic intensity.
    This document will be reviewed on 01 January 2014.


    Lausanne, Switzerland, 12 March 2013 – The list of the competitors selected for the Paragliding Accuracy and Parachuting Canopy Piloting events of the World Games 2013 has been released. In total, 36 athletes for each air sport gained entry to the World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia.In Parachuting, the 30 top male and 2 top female competitors at the Mondial 2012 (World Parachuting Championships) in Dubai earned a slot, with the addition of 2 athletes from the host country who participated in the Test Event in 2012 and the Mondial 2012 and 2 wild cards given to 2 world-class athletes who could not attend the Mondial 2012. 20 nations are represented, USA is sending the largest delegation with 6 competitors, followed by United Arab Emirates and Australia with 3 competitors each.For Paragliding Accuracy, the Selection Criteria are based on the World Pilot Ranking System, to select the world’s best pilots from as many nations as possible. The 36 pilots come from 18 countries, and 11 of them are women. The nations, with the highest number of qualified pilots are Serbia, Indonesia, Colombia and Czech Republic with 3 pilots each.About Airsports at The World Games
    The World Games are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
    The 2013 edition will take place in Cali, Colombia, over a period of 11 days from July 25 to August 4 2013. 32 official sports feature in the programme, including Parachuting Canopy Piloting and Paragliding Accuracy, while AeroMusicals (Aeromodelling) is present as a demonstration sport. The Parachuting and Paragliding competitions will run concurrently on the same site, for maximum spectator interest, from 1 to 4 August 2013.
    • The World Games 2013 dedicated pages on the FAI website
    • List of selected athletes for Parachuting Canopy Piloting
    • List of selected athletes for Paragliding Accuracy
    About the FAI
    The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation, is the world governing body for air sports and for certifying world aviation and space records. The FAI was founded in 1905 and is a non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation.For more details, please contact the FAI – Federation Aeronautique Internationale
    Faustine Carrera
    Communication Manager
    Maison du Sport International
    Av. de Rhodanie 54
    1007 Lausanne
    0041 21 345 10 70
  2. RED BULL X-ALPS 2013 ROUTE REVEALED!         March 11, 2013
    The organizers of the 2013 Red Bull X-Alps have announced the route that will see 32 athletes from 21 countries race across the Alps on July 7th. Any doubts over why the Red Bull X-Alps is the world’s toughest adventure race were answered during a live unveiling in Red Bull’s Hangar-7 in Salzburg.At 1,031km as the crow flies, the route is almost 200km longer than in 2011, and will see athletes battling across some of the most challenging and inhospitable terrain in the Alps. As in previous years the race begins in Salzburg, Austria. From there athletes must make their way south-east to the Dachstein massif (2,995m) and then west through the Hohe Tauern national park holiday region where the peak of Wildkogel (2,224m) awaits. Athletes must then negotiate tricky Innsbruck airspace and a confusing Karwendel crossing to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze (2,962m), Germany’s highest mountain.The route then crosses the Italian border and goes through South Tyrol, passing Sulden in the Ortler region, and then heads west on one of the longest stages to Interlaken, Switzerland, which offers no easy route. Then it’s south across the Bernese Oberland to the Matterhorn (4,478m), one of the most spectacular parts of the route. For the athletes still in contention the race then becomes a tactical battle but also a visual tour as they cross the high Alps passing Mt Blanc (4,810m), before heading south for the Alps Maritimes and the finish line of Monaco.Comments Red Bull X-Alps Mastermind Hannes Arch: “This is an exciting route that will test the athletes to the limit. It’s longer than in previous years and will require tactical skill and incredible fitness! We’re also thrilled to be going back to Germany for the first time since 2009.”Comments Paul Guschlbauer, who finished third in 2011: “The Red Bull X-Alps is the ulimate test of mind, body and spirit. It’s a complex strategic challenge while your body and soul are challenged to the max. This will be my second time taking part. I’ve been training hard and I can’t wait to get to the start line.”ABOUT THE RED BULL X-ALPS
    The Red Bull X-Alps 2013 will be the sixth edition of the world’s toughest adventure race and starts on July 7th. Athletes must either hike or fly over 1,000km across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco in the fastest time possible. Every kilometer must be covered either on foot or flown by paraglider. It’s a formidable undertaking and takes place in one of most breathtaking yet also unforgiving environments. Each team consists of one athlete and up to two supporters. No technical or outside assistance is allowed. Athletes can race between the hours of 05:00 to 22:30. But in a new twist for 2013 that promises to make the race even more exciting, athletes can each pull one ‘Night Pass’ that will allow them to push-on through the night on foot.The race requires expert paragliding experience and a very high level of endurance fitness – it’s not uncommon for athletes to hike up to 100km in a day. The 2011 edition was won by Christian Maurer (SUI) in 11 days, 4 hours and 22 minutes. The 2013 edition comes on the ten-year anniversary of the first Red Bull X-Alps.Comments Mike K????ng, Team AUT2: “The Red Bull X-Alps is the last real paragliding adventure and the greatest challenge out there – it’s an emotional and gladiatorial event like no other.”These are the mandatory tunpoints that athletes must pass. Some are mountains that will have to be climbed while others may involve complicated flying around restricted airspace:Start: Salzburg
    1. Gaisberg 1,287m
    2. Dachstein 2,995m
    3. Wildkogel, 2,224m
    4. Zugspitze / Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2,962m
    5. Ortler / Sulden 1,906m
    6. Interlaken 568m
    7. Matterhorn 4,478m
    8. Mont Blanc 4,810m
    9. Saint Hilaire 995m
    10. Peille 600m
    Finish: Monaco