SEASON REPORT 2016/17

The season started exactly on the 1st of November and very quickly all gliders were parked under the shade nets.  By mid-November the first thousands were flown.  The first two weeks of November was also good, with reliable thermals and a high cloud base.  From 15 November however the conditions improved rapidly.  

The best day by far was 30 November 2016.   From Pokweni 11 flights bigger than 1 000 km of which 2 more than 1 300 km were flown  (the total number of 1 000 km flights for Namibia on that day alone, was 43!).  This was a first. The interesting thing was that it was a day with pure cloud thermal conditions, without any convergence.  The escarpment was only weakly developed, and late.  The whole gliding area in Namibia was covered in cumulus with no over development and reliable, round thermals.

After a small break in the weather the rest of December was excellent.  In the East it got a little more moist but still flyable.  At around New Year the escarpment started doing it's magic.  Unfortunately the moisture also got more and some flights had to be re-planned mid-flight in order to make it back to Pokweni.  January was a bit more rainy than normal, but big flights were still being made.  After a very long dry spell the Kalahari changed into a green landscape full of flowers within only a couple of days.  Reminding one of springtime in Europe.

Good gliding was possible until the very last days with very satisfied guests. Several record flights were also made with Johan Luycxks managing 7 records with 3 flights.  An outstanding achievement.


ONE FANTASTIC DAY 30 NOVEMBER 2016

The last day of November was one of the best days in the history of soaring in Namibia.  Homogeneous cumulus development covered the entire gliding area, with extremely good climb rates and cloud base more than 5 000 m.  The escarpment developed late and not very strong with no over development.  This resulted in 43 flights with more than 1 000 km's flown on the OLC.  From Pokweni 11 thousands.  Walter Binder flew the biggest flight with much more than 1 300 km.  What a day!

THE FIRST 1 000 KM FOR THE SEASON 15/11/2016

This was the first "hammertag".  At 12h00 everybody was airborne.  First direction North-east, SWA Knee, then on to Mata-Mata in the South-east.  From there in front of the convergence line direction North-west (Gamsberg).  A few places the clouds kind of disappeared, but otherwise everything went well.  Thus came the first 1 000 km flight from the season from Pokweni.  

The Airfield

The airfield constitutes an almost 2.7km long and 60m wide main runway (direction: 35/17) and a clay pan almost 1 000m long and 500-600m wide (direction: 23/05). In an extended direction of the main runway (35) is an emergency runway of another 1400 x 50m. This enables an emergency landing straight ahead in case of engine failure.

Pokweni lies at 1250m above sea level with co-ordinates S:23 39' 00”  E:17 43' 48". Take-off normally takes place from runway 35. With strong wind from direction 05/23, it is possible for single seaters to take off from the pan.

Landing takes place on any runway, but is mostly done on 05 with roll-out towards the shadenets.

Also, when the pan is full of water after a thunderstorm, flying on Pokweni is no problem. Take-off and landing then takes place on the main runway 35/17. The gliders are towed to the main runway via a short by-pass.

Shade nets for protection against the Namibian sun

For more than 10 years already Pokweni has had shadenets available for
aircraft to park under.  This also makes it more convenient for flight
preparation. The shaded area blocks out about 60% of solar radiation.
The planes and pilots alike are protected against the merciless Namibian
sun.

Airspace map and airspace 2015/16

Notam as per DCA

FYWH FIR A0384/15

1510280500 1601311800

THE AIRSPACE BTN GND AND FL195 WILL BE DOWNGRADED TO CLASS G TO ACCOMMODATE GLIDING ACT AS DEFINED BY THE FOLLOWING COORDINATES: FROM 220000S0200000E A STRAIGHT LINE TO A POINT 222026S0185815E THENCE A STRAIGHT LINE TO A POINT 224900S0182900E THENCE A LONG THE 60DME ARC WHV TO A POINT AT 225422S0162943E THENCE A STRAIGHT LINE TO A POINT 225849S160524E THENCE ALONG THE 80DME ARC WBV TO A POINT AT 241639S0150000E THENCE A STRAIGHTLINE TO A POINT 270000S0150000E THENCE A STRAIGHT LINE TO A POINT 270000S0200000E THENCE BACK TO STARTING POINT AT 220000S0200000E TRAFFIC THROUGH THAT AREA TO TRANSMIT TIBA ON FREQ 123.4MHZ IN ADDITION TO 123. 8MHZ. F)GND G)FL195