There are all sorts of permits and permissions you'll need to fly the Icarus Trophy. Luckily, we give you a hand with these. But we advise need you to have sent us details early so get in touch to ensure there is enough time.
SAHPA Temporary visitors permit
Every pilot who flies in South Africa must hold a license issued by the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (SAHPA)
The good news is that visiting overseas pilots can fairly easily obtain a two month temporary permit.
The process was pretty straight forward and has recently been streamlined with Icarus Trophy pilots in mind. You basically download and submit this form to us, alongside summary evidence of your training, any certification and experience, together with an admin fee of ZAR200 (about USD$17 but this may change).
For those of you with a licence in your own country we can take that as evidence of your airworthiness. For those of you without a licence give us a call as we have other way to demonstrate your skill.
You’ll then be issued with a two month Temporary Visitors Licence. We are submitting all this at the end of June.
Remember you also need a restricted radio license to fly in South Africa. This is a bit more involve, but you can read about the special arrangements available to overseas Icarus pilots here.
South African Restricted Radio Licence
It's also a requirement when flying paramotors in South Africa to have an air band radio and a restricted radio license to operate it.
Prior to the Icarus Trophy Recce, our two test pilots did the course and tests. The whole thing took a little over two hours.
To get the licence you need to attend a two hour course which consists of going over 24 pages of fairly standard but relevant stuff. It does include some very specific South African PPG airspace and frequency peculiarities. Then you complete a short true/false questionnaire, followed by a multi-choice and short answer test. Nothing too taxing.
Finally there is a practical skills test. Again this is not particularly taxing - things like spelling your name out loud in the phonetic alphabet and making some really simple radio calls.
For Icarus Trophy pilots without a radio licence we have arranged to do this at the start line for a small fee. Don't forget this is then a global certificate. Pretty handy.