Welcome to South Africa’s premier paragliding site.

Situated in the North West Province, the Cableway is a world class tourist destination offering 360° views of the magnificent Magaliesburg Mountain range which is now fully recognised as a world biosphere site. The Magaliesberg region is virtually without equal in the world. The region is characterised by unique geology, topography, habitats and heritage. Despite being hundreds of kilometers inland, straddling two landlocked provinces – Gauteng and North West – the rocks of the Magaliesberg bear the ripples of tides which lapped the shore more than 2 000 million years ago.

PARAGLIDING

This is an advanced site with very specific Airspace restrictions. It requires a Sport License or equivalent IPPI 5. Please take the time to read the rules as well as where to land when flying from our site.

HANG GLIDING

This is an advanced site for Hang Gliding, offering a cliff launch on the South side of the mountain and a very flay launch on the North side, with limited landing on both sides. A C License is requred

TANDEMS

Any Pilot found to be charging passengers for a flight will be heavily fined and will have their membership and access denied for 3 months. This rule includes launching from the North side or any of the Eastern, South Eastern launches.

Experience & Equipment

This is an advanced site and requires a SAHPA Sport License (IPPI 5). We strongly recommend that low airtime pilots avoid flying this site until enough experience has been gained elsewhere.

Reserve Parachute and Alti-Vario with downloadable track log is mandatory!

CANOPY CONTROL


The launch sides, both North and South require very good canopy control. South Side ramp launch in particular, is only large enough for one wing to be launched. As a common courtesy to fellow pilots please observe a 5 min launch window and step aside to allow more experienced pilots an opportunity to launch if you are not comfortable with conditions. Never be pressured into launching, rather step aside and wait for conditions that suit your personal flying safety margin.
North side launch is a shallow rocky slope which is very close to the glide angle of a wing. Pilots can expect a fair distance of ground skimming before been fully clear of the mountain.
The launch sides, both North and South require very good canopy control. South Side ramp launch in particular, is only large enough for one wing to be launched. As a common courtesy to fellow pilots please observe a 5 min launch window and step aside to allow more experienced pilots an opportunity to launch if you are not comfortable with conditions. Never be pressured into launching, rather step aside and wait for conditions that suit your personal flying safety margin.
North side launch is a shallow rocky slope which is very close to the glide angle of a wing. Pilots can expect a fair distance of ground skimming before been fully clear of the mountain.

LOW AIRTIME PILOTS

The committee will – upon request and evaluation only – mentor pilots who do not yet have a Sport License.
Pilots with between 100 – 120 flights may apply in writing to the committee for approval to be mentored. Approval is not guaranteed and remains at the discretion of the committee. Once approved the mentored pilot would need to complete the Theory Sport License test as well as register with an Instructor to have the Sport License Check List completed. Both need to be achieved within SIX months of mentorship approval. Pilots under mentorship need to take extra care during change of season, the area is renowned for rough thermals and big dusties.The committee will – upon request and evaluation only – mentor pilots who do not yet have a Sport License.
Pilots with between 100 – 120 flights may apply in writing to the committee for approval to be mentored. Approval is not guaranteed and remains at the discretion of the committee. Once approved the mentored pilot would need to complete the Theory Sport License test as well as register with an Instructor to have the Sport License Check List completed. Both need to be achieved within SIX months of mentorship approval. Pilots under mentorship need to take extra care during change of season, the area is renowned for rough thermals and big dusties.

Site Access & DAC Fees

Dam Access Clearance (DAC) is required.

We make use of the DAC fee to pay our landing rental on the north side, it takes all of us to keep this site open. Donations are welcome too every cent goes into keeping this site open.

THIS FEE COVERS OUR LAND RENTALS AND DOES NOT GO TO THE CABLEWAY

Either 12 months or daily fee. The DAC fee is a separate purchase and does not form part of any Cableway transaction.

A 12 month DAC fee will run concurrently with a Cableway Season Card.
DAC fees are payable into the FlyHarties Capitec Account. Proof of payment needs to be shown at the Cableway when applying for a Season Card.

Daily DAC fee MUST be paid in CASH at the Cableway Ticket office, or EFT when purchasing a one way ticket. The Daily DAC only needs to be paid once per day, multiple one way tickets may be purchased for the same pilot on the same day. Please ensure you have cash for the payment as credit card facilities are not available for the DAC fee. Alternatively an electronic payment directly into the Capitec Account is also acceptable, the word EFT needs to be included next to your name when your ticket is purchased. Cashier needs to be shown the POP to process the Daily Ticket.

FEES & BANKING DETAILS

Payment of the  
DAC fees keeps this site open!

12 MONTHS:
DAC R350 + Cableway Season Card R980 = R1 330.00
Payable in full at the Cableway Ticket Office.

DAILY TICKET:
DAC R50 + One Way Ticket R130 = R180.00
Payable in full at the Cableway Ticket Office.

Payment of DAC Fees Only:
FlyHarties
CAPITEC – BRITS MALL
ACC Number: 1430393724

WHAT WE OFFER

Flying Site Rules

This flying site is governed by rules and requirements that need to be strictly adhered to.

Paragliding

The minimum requirement is a Sport License (IPPI 5). It is strongly advised that new or visiting pilots seek advice from local senior pilots as both north and south side launch are technical and require a proper briefing. North side launch is a shallow rocky slope which is very close to the glide angle of a wing. Pilots can expect a fair distance of ground skimming before been fully clear of the mountain. Do not sit too soon as last minute running or rock hopping could make the difference between flying or crashing. Take note of the scattered trees and shrubs. South-Side is from a ramp that is directly in front of a beautifully manicured lawn. Exceptionally good glider handling is required as the area is small and often littered with tables, umbrellas and guests.
For foreign visiting pilots please ensure that your Temporary Foreign Membership has been obtained from our organisation – SAHPA. www.sahpa.co.za

Hang Gliding

The minimum requirement to fly from Harties is a C License. It is strongly advised that new or visiting pilots seek advice from local senior pilots as both north and south side launch are technical and require a proper briefing. The cableway operator will load Hang Gliders once in the morning and once in the evening on the service car. Access needs to be cleared with the Cableway the day before, contact: Iain Gunn (General manager) at the Cableway. The service car normally goes up at about 7h30 and down at 17h00.
North side launch is a shallow rocky slope which is very close to the glide angle of a wing. Pilots can expect a fair distance of ground skimming before been fully clear of the mountain. Take note of the scattered trees and shrubs. South-Side is from a ramp that is directly in front of a beautifully manicured lawn.
For foreign visiting pilots please ensure that your Temporary Foreign Membership has been obtained from our organisation – SAHPA. www.sahpa.co.za.

No Commercial Tandems

Any Pilot found to be charging passengers for a flight will be heavily fined and will have their membership and access denied for 3 months. This rule includes launching from the North side or any of the Eastern, South Eastern launches. This is a club rule and not a site ownership rule.

The Cableway may from time to time request tandem flights for its guests / or for private functions. Pilots with TFI ratings will be notified of the event and granted permission to fly for remuneration for that event only. Only FlyHarties Registered TFI pilots are permitted to fly for Commercial purposes for Cableway Events.

Private Non-Paying Tandem flights are permitted. The Cableway and FlyHarties Club and its associates accept no responsibility for pilots or their passengers. Tandem Paragliders may only launch from North Side or South Side Ramp and not off of the Eastern launch areas. This is for passenger safety.

The FlyHarties Team have a zero-tolerance for tandem pilots who place their passengers at risk and warn pilots that they will be severely dealt with if any passenger sustains an injury due to negligence. Conditions are not always suitable for tandem flying, take conditions into careful consideration and make the correct call for the day. Always put safety first!

Site Grading

PG: SPORT (Plus 10 guided flights)
HG: C License
GPS:
25°42’39” (25.7111)S; 27°53’6? (27.885)E
Elevation : 1592 m
ALTITUDE:
350m high (1600m ASL). Airspace ceiling is 700m ATO (2300m ASL), and rises to 1700m ATO (3300m ASL) 7km to the west. Be aware of Airspace.
DESCRIPTION:
Slight grassed rocky mountain offering enjoyable flying with great cross-country potential. Often valley release conditions prevail late afternoon offering spectacular views from high above the mountain.
WIND: NW – NE, S – SE
LAUNCH:
Purchase your cableway ticket online www.hartiescableway.co.za . Take the cablecar to the top and follow the walkway up to the top, South-Side Launch is off the ramp in front of the beautiful green lawn. The north side is accessed via a gate between the Pizza Restaurant and the Kiddies Zone. Ask at the Pizza place for the gate to be unlocked.
LANDING:
Southside – School Rugby fields to the West of the Cableway.
Northside – Landing on private property, below and NW of launch, in a horse paddock. To exit a small walkway has been left open behind the rock wall at the main gate. The landing area is flanked by a crocodile farm and predator game farm to the west and a private game farm to the East – access is tightly controlled with electric fencing. Do not land in these areas.

BASIC LICENSE PILOTS

Request to Fly

The FlyHarties Committee RESERVES THE RIGHT to approve or deny applications.

The Pilot will receive WRITTEN CONFIRMATION OF APPROVAL TO BE MENTORED

BEFORE permission to fly is approved the pilot MUST send an email to Admin@FlyHarties.co.za with:

Logbook

Pilots to supply a copy of their logbooks

Airspace Questions

The Local Airspace question from the sport licence answered

Airspace Description

A one-page description, in the pilots’ own words, what the local airspace restrictions are around the Cableway

BASIC LICENSED PILOTS

Minimum Requirements

Flying at the Cableway REQUIRES A SPORT LICENCE due to Airspace and Cableway Liability Insurance.
It is YOUR responsibility to be working towards the correct licence grade.
If the pilot does not comply with the rules, or is issued with 3 Bans within a 12 month period, the pilot will be denied access for 24 months

Experience

Basic Licence plus 80 MOUNTAIN flights

Sign-offs

You will be required to have a further 10 signs offs per side by a senior pilot before been permitted to launching alone

Sports License

You will have to complete and pass the Sport Licence within 6 months.

Instruments

It is MANDATORY to fly with an instrument that logs the flight. If the track log is called for, it has to be submitted, if not an immediate ban of 3 months will be enforced.

Airspace Restrictions

The information on this page is for information purposes only. The onus is on the pilot to always adhere to the most recent airspace limitations, as published periodically by ATNS.

It is MANDATORY to fly with an instrument that logs the flight. If the track log is called for, it has to be submitted, if not an immediate ban of 3 months will be enforced.
If the pilot does not comply, or is issued with 3 Bans within a 12 month period, the pilot will be denied access for 24 months

Instrument Settings

The airspace under the FAOR TMA starts at 7600 ft ALT and ends at FL110. Flight instruments need to be set to the QNH of FAOR prior to takeoff. Alternatively, the QNH on a flight instrument is to be set to reflect a pressure height of 1583m ASL if standing on the launch mat on the North side, or 1606m ASL if standing on South side launch.

The FAOR TMA starts at FL110 and ends at FL195. When flying under the TMA, QNE is used as instrument pressure setting (1013mB). Most flight instruments will have this as a fixed value called “ALT1” or “FL” but the onus is on the pilot to understand these concepts and set his/her instrument accordingly.

No exceptions will be made in airspace violation incidents with an incorrecly set up instrument.

Airspace File

The official airspace file can be downloaded here. This file includes the Orient Gliding Window.

It is strongly recommended to keep an additional 150ft (50m) separation to the relevant airspace due to possible local pressure differences.

Alternative Settings

Enter the following waypoint into your GPS ORT 26º08.35’S 27º14.76’E. At takeoff press GOTO OR, if distance is <65km your altitude must be <2300m, if distance >65km & <115km your altitude <3300m. This is for the NW quadrant (typical xc route).

40km out on the south side of the ridge a special concession area allows you <4400m.

PLEASE, DO NOT BREAK AIRSPACE.

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Alternatively, call or WhatsApp us on:
C: 083 450 8849
C: 082 749 3518