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Gariep Dam Airfield
Colesberg 9922
Free State
South Africa

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xEtra ID: ZA0000249567

Who's Who's

Gunter von Versbach or Astrid Roberg 
Owners

Category:  Gliding
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Gariep Dam Aviation - Profile

General Information

Gariep Dam Aviation is the company that owns and operates the Gariep Dam airfield and flying facilities on site. Upgrading of all facilities is underway and, as of November you will find excellent facilities at lower prices. The website is under construction - please look in frequently as new information will be published regularly.

Additional Information

For decades Gareip Airfield has been a mecca for long distance soaring flights holding an international gliding event each summer. The Karoo is one of the world's best areas in summer for long distance gliding. Various world records and regular 1000km flights originate from Gariep, with closed circuit courses of around 1400km and average speeds over 160kph. These conditions draw top pilots from all over the world. Many make use of the facility to ship their personal aircraft to the site. However, other countries were beginning to entice foreign pilots to other destinations with better facilities. There was a danger that the regular camp at Gariep would fizzle out. So, Peter How, who had by now, taken the running of the annual gliding camp, began a project to bring new life to the Gariep Dam airfield, boost tourism to the area and to make the airfield the premier southern hemisphere destination for glider pilots. Shade parking for visiting aircraft was erected, a large additional hangar was built, the existing buildings were improved and many indigenous shade trees were planted. Acquisition of tow planes, motor gliders and sailplanes for use by foreign pilots had already begun, and a flying club was founded. These improvements are designed to make Gariep Dam the premier southern hemisphere destination for glider pilots from Europe and the USA during our summer period. At the same time, the airfield will become an attractive destination for power pilots and their families wanting to get away from the major centres, but not have to worry about landing on a unimproved dirt strip on arrival.

Gariep Dam Aviation - Facilities

Overview

Gariep Dam Aviation is the company that owns and operates the Gariep Dam airfield and flying facilities on site. Upgrading of all facilities is underway and, as of November you will find excellent facilities at lower prices. The website is under construction - please look in frequently as new information will be published regularly.

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Gariep Dam Aviation - Who's Who's

Owners: Gunter von Versbach or Astrid Roberg