For the pilot who is new to Porterville, we have a special briefing each morning at the Lodge. This intensive discussion explains the forecast daily weather with the expected flying conditions and the variation in the winds as the day progresses. We also study the region’s topography and its influence on the wind and thermals.
Our safety approach includes our liaising daily with the ATC at the air force training school at Langebaanweg – about 100km to the west. This ensures our avoiding any airspace conflicts; and brings the air force traffic control into the picture – letting all non-military passing traffic know that we’re here, what we’re up to; and where to expect to encounter us.
We will often set a “task” for the day and brief pilots on how best to achieve it, giving tips and advice; and arranging appropriate retrieve vehicles to follow the route.