Porterville

Porterville is world-famous amongst cross-country pilots as being a place where pilots can break personal and world-records. There are several launch sites in the near vicinity of Porterville (the town): Pampoen fontein Dasklip Pass Piketburg

Pampoenfontein

Original content sourced from Greg Hamerton’s ‘Fresh Air Site Guide’, 5th edition, 2006. BASIC + 2 / A DESCRIPTION: Porterville Pampoenfontein is an alternative to Dasklip Pass and is higher and faces more directly into the prevailing thermic cross-wind, so it’s safer for xc pilots. The thermals are usually strong so you can get away quickly. …

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Brenton-on-Sea

Original content sourced from Greg Hamerton’s ‘Fresh Air Site Guide’, 5th edition, 2006. BASIC DESCRIPTION: Soaring on a long, low shrub-covered ridge that runs along the beach. WIND: S – SW GPS: +- S34o04.42’ E23o01.167’LAUNCH: Easy takeoff from dunes 1km down the beach. Or on the top of the main ridge next to the Hotel, …

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Piketberg

Original content sourced from Greg Hamerton’s ‘Fresh Air Site Guide’, 5th edition, 2006. BASIC / B DESCRIPTION: A site used when the wind is over the back (E) at Porterville.WIND: SE – E GPS: +- S32o50’ E18o45’LAUNCH: From the road – keep a watch out for traffic. Or walk uphill from the cars, over the …

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Dasklip Pass

Original content sourced from Greg Hamerton’s ‘Fresh Air Site Guide’, 5th edition, 2006. BASIC + 2 / S DESCRIPTION: Porterville is Cape Town’s premier xc site. Hardy scrub covers the dry and rocky mountain range. In summer, the fields below are barren browns and blacks, having yielded their grains to the yearly harvest. Ground temperatures …

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Sir Lowry’s Pass

Original content sourced from Greg Hamerton’s ‘Fresh Air Site Guide’, 5th edition, 2006. BASIC + 4 / B DESCRIPTION Soaring and thermic. A regular site that offers soaring, thermalling and cross-country, with superb views. The long mountain chain extends in a fairly consistent ridge to the south. To the north of takeoff the ridge rises …

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Betty’s Bay

Original content sourced from Greg Hamerton’s ‘Fresh Air Site Guide’, 5th edition, 2006. BASIC / S DESCRIPTION: Soaring. A big sand dune which has the honour of being the first training site in South Africa. Good soaring flights can be enjoyed after flying across to the peaks (west of the dune). A small landing area …

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