Basic-rated sites

The SAHPA Site Guide is an ongoing project supported by volunteers who contribute their insight and experience. It includes original content from Greg Hamerton’s Fresh Air Site Guide (5th edition, 2006). Please send requests, corrections or suggestions to

The SAHPA committee is concerned about the growing controversy amongst members with regard to Incidents, Accidents and Fatalities. In the interests of transparency, we would like to clarify some of the issues being raised.

Hidden in the Natal Midlands…

This festival of friendly competition will once again be an opportunity for novice pilots to join in the fun, get some coaching and experience the thrill of flying with new friends.

The validity of the NPL (National Pilot Licence) will be for a period of 2 years. Subject to the submission of a new revalidation check. 

Signal Hill is a Sport-rated site, the ideal Sunday afternoon flying site for experienced pilots.

Dear Members, This is a summary report for the past three months (April to June 2021) to illustrate what’s happening within SAHPA: SAHPA Office Number of Learner Pilot Permits issued…

Contents Requirements Launch Site Landing on School Fields Caretaker

On Saturday 17th July 2021, a paraglider pilot had an accident at Dirk se kop in Hogsback. The pilot was seriously injured and required medical assistance on the mountain.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) recently issued a directive regarding non-compliance by pilots, focused on the Speedflying and BASE-jumping communities, but also including rogue pilots in the paragliding and hang-gliding community.

This is the recording from the SAHPA Safety Seminar held on 30th June 2021. This was held in the form of a webinar, and features SAHPA Safety Manager, Kevin Storie, as he describes the Accident and Incident statistics.