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Oudtshoorn

Du Toits Paragliding Site

 

Skywings Club Members Only. Please apply for membership before flying this site.
Application forms available at:
Wilderness Hydro and Spa,
Fynboskruin - Sedge Links Golf Course.
 

This site belongs the the Du Toits family who have kindly allowed paragliders to use the land for a launch site. The key must be picked up to open lock and access the road. Contact Jan Minaar for details as he uses the site from time to time. We used to use the site before we discovered Goose Valley but have found the Goose Valley easier to access with better recovery. The flying conditions are generally better as well.

 

 

 

 

Swartberg Pass Paragliding Launch Site

Skywings Club Members Only. Please apply for membership before flying this site.

Application forms available at:
Wilderness Hydro and Spa,
Fynboskruin - Sedge Links Golf Course.
 

This is a majestic site with great views but it's a very intimidating site when in full thermal mode.

There are two launches; one at the final bend on the road before the pass, it's a rough launch and then the pass itself. Flying here in Summer is only for early birds. The best time is around 09h00 as the thermals can get very strong and resulting turbulence. Not for beginners or new pilots. We like to fly here in cooler months and the North face has been flown a few times in Winter.

 

Grading: Sport or Basic under instruction of Instructor/Observer 

Height: 700m

Wind direction and Speed: 10-15km South/SE/SW/(North launch not registered)

Dangers: Extreme gusts and thermals and resulting turbulence be wary.

Special Rules: Radio and Mobile communication with clear flight plan, no launching on your own without responsible persons to observe your flight. These Mountains are rugged and remote if you get lost or injured you will be very difficult to find. Contact club before flying.

 

 

 

 

Louvain Saddle Paragliding Launch Site

 

Skywings Club Members Only. Please apply for membership before flying this site.
Application forms available at:
Wilderness Hydro and Spa,
Fynboskruin - Sedge Links Golf Course.
 

This site is rarely used and is definately for the more adventure orientated as it includes a nice 4x4 route to get to the site. It's situated next to a viewpoint and the launch area is next to the viewpoint on the saddle below. The view is great and a nice place for a family picnic while you venture out for flight.

 

GPS coordinates:  33°50'9.32"S   22°37'8.80"E

Grading: Basic 300 flights or 5 sign offs.

Height: 250m

Wind Direction Speed: North/NE/NW 15-20km 

Dangers: Cliff launch, Getting blown over the back not a good option.

 

 

Louvain Paragliding Launch Site

 

Skywings Club Members Only. Please apply for membership before flying this site.
Application forms available at:
Wilderness Hydro and Spa,
Fynboskruin - Sedge Links Golf Course.
 

The site is on the land of Louvain 4x4 track and one must contact the owner before flying as well as pay R20-00 per pilot access fee. The site is about 70 metres high and one must walk up to the launch and launch from any area suitable. With the discovery of Goose Valley site not used as much except when pilots have no driver then they can fly and land by car. It's also used as re-launch area if you have not made the crossing during an XC flight.

 

GPS coordinates:  33°48'45.49"S   22°39'45.19"E

Grading: Basic with 5 sign offs.

Height: 70m 

Wind Speed and Direction: North, NW, NE 15-25km/h

Dangers: Strong wind gradient and getting blown over ridges. Venturi between valleys.

Special Rules: Dont land amongst stock, especially Ostriches. Speak to landowner before arriving.

 

 

Oudtshoorn Airport

 

Skywings Club Members Only. Please apply for membership before flying this site.
Application forms available at:
Wilderness Hydro and Spa,
Fynboskruin - Sedge Links Golf Course.

We used to winch from the runways of the airport. One can arrange for winching but best to bring own winch . Summer time will be good for XC although quite strong and lots of dust devils.

 

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