FLYING PORTERVILLE FOR THE FIRST TIME
FLYING BIG SKIES
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.
THE DAILY FLIGHT DETAILS
However far you fly - and the further, the better - we will always ensure that you get home safely.
Part of our service to you is the organisation of transport to- and from launch at either of our sites. For groups, this usually means arranging a competent driver. Regular visitors often remain in contact with drivers previously used and pre-arrange the service. In these cases, we have no control of the quality of service received - a hired driver is legally required to hold a professional driver's permit (PDP); and few local drivers are in possession of this permit. Drivers whom we provide officially, will always have a PDP.
RETRIEVAL AND TRANSPORT
In any event, this aspect of retrieve is always mentioned at our daily pilots' briefings, which all new pilots are encouraged to attend.In the event of a pilot's genuinely being 'stranded' after a flight, a call to one of the emergency numbers on the card is all that's required. As many visitors have discovered, we will collect anyone who cannot get back, whatever the circumstances of the stranding. For all retrieves, pre-planning is always advised; and we will help where we can. Yes
Our retrieve rates and terms of service are displayed on the Weather Information board, but we will never refuse help to persons on financial grounds. Safety is paramount...
ADVANCE YOUR SKILLS WITH US
The training includes meteorology from the micro- to the macro level; and developing personal, accurate weather forecasting.
TRAVEL WITH US
Our guides monitor the weather in all places of interest to a particular group or individual; and make the decision on the proposed itinerary based on the expected (local) weather.