Fly in to De Hoop

Download De Hoop Airstrip Operational Procedures Guideline here

This page outlines the operational procedures and conditions of use of the De Hoop Airstrip, situated within the De Hoop Nature Conservation Area and the Overberg CTR. Further information can be obtained from:

  • De Hoop Collection Manager: Hendrik | Tel Work: +27 285421253 |manager@dehoopcollection.co.za

Introduction

The purpose of this document is to outline the operational procedures of De Hoop Airstrip, as agreed upon between the SAAF, Cape Nature Conservation and De Hoop Management. It is specifically aimed at minimising noise and visual impact on the existing operations in the area by minimising flights and routing aircraft via a specified corridor. This will hopefully lessen the expected impact that flights to De Hoop Airstrip will have on sensitive areas such as the De Hoop Wetlands and Visitor facilities. The following procedures and conditions of use will therefore strictly be enforced.

Flight Routes

Regardless of this procedure and its routing – it is a precondition that SACAA flight rules and regulations always be adhered to by operators and pilots. The attached map outlines the suggested flight routes to and from De Hoop Airstrip along a defined corridor indicated by GPS Points.The coordinates for the GPS waypoints are as follows

  • HOOP1 – S34˚25’55” / E019˚13’53”
  • HOOP2 – S34˚32’11” / E019˚21’45”
  • HOOP3 – S34˚46’04” / E019˚39’17”
  • HOOP4 – S34˚49’36” / E020˚02’11”
  • HOOP5 – S34˚44’14” / E020˚09’25”
  • HOOP6 – S34˚30’29” / E020˚27’52”
  • DE HOOP AIRSTRIP – S34˚27’09” / E020˚24’55”
  • HOOP7 – S34˚24’14” / E020˚21’50”

There are 2 options when routing to De Hoop; Option 1 is the coastal route and Option 2 is the inland route.

Option 1:

  • Approach De Hoop Airstrip via GPS waypoint HOOP1
  • Proceed to waypoint 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 for landing on runway 30

Option 2:

  • Approach De Hoop Airstrip via GPS waypoint HOOP7
  • Proceed to De Hoop Airstrip for landing runway 30

Approach and landing requirements:

  • Inbound aircraft must maintain a minimum height of 1500 ft AGL until HOOP6 is reached
  • Aircraft on approach should always land on runway 30, unless strong winds prevent such a landing.
  • Aircraft can only land on runway 12 if safety in a concern due to strong tail winds – in this event a left hand approach for 12
  • In such cases aircraft are to approach the airfield via the above routing and keep the final approach turn as tight as possible so as not to over fly the sensitive wetland area and or the guest facilities
  • Under no circumstances are aircraft to circle the airfield prior to landing – it is proposed to do a visual inspection from the opposite direction to land and then commence a tight circle to land – safety always comes first
  • Pilots are to exercise extreme caution when approaching the De Hoop Airstrip due to bird and wildlife activity in the area
  • Pilots are to exercise extreme caution when landing on the De Hoop Airstrip due to the runway angle, which runs from North to South.

Departure / Take-off procedure

  • Flights departing the De Hoop Airstrip must follow the above procedure in reverse i.e. Take-Off using runway 12, climb and continue to waypoint 6,5,4,3,2 and 1 or alternatively route to waypoint 7 and then direct to destination.
  • Departing aircraft should always use runway 12 for departure.
  • Departing aircraft may only use runway 30 for departure if strong tailwinds prevent using runway 12 for departure due to safety concerns.
  • Aircraft using runway 30 for departure must turn as soon as possible after take-off so as to avoid flying over the sensitive wetland area
  • Under no circumstances are pilots allowed to intentionally over fly the sensitive wetland area
  • Outbound aircraft must climb to 1500ft AGL as soon as possible

Monitoring, approval and Air Traffic Control

  • Overberg Airforce Base and Cape Town Approach will monitor flights into and out of De Hoop airstrip and report any deviations to De Hoop Management and Madikwe Charters
  • Pilots need to submit proper flight plans and acquire a squawk code before entering military airspace
  • De Hoop management will handle all approvals regarding the use of the De Hoop airstrip and Indemnity forms are to be submitted for landing permission – manager@dehoopcollection.co.za

Limitations

  • The minimum number of aircraft should be used to transport passengers per day, subject to safety concerns.
  • Flights are limited to an average of 3 and a maximum of 6 per day.
  • Only approved charter companies may use the De Hoop airstrip for commercial reasons
  • Approved charter companies must properly inform their pilots about the above mentioned procedures.
  • Any person or charter company who does not comply with these procedures may be refused future approval to use De Hoop airstrip

Suggested Aircraft types

  • Cessna 208, 208B, 206, 210
  • Cessna 310
  • Cessna 402, 414, 421
  • Beechcraft King Air
  • Pilatus PC-12
  • Beechcraft Baron
  • Piper Chieftan and Seneca
  • Gippsland Airvan

And the like as above

Permission will only be granted to other aircraft not listed above if

  • (a) the aircraft has the same or a lesser noise rating than a Beechcraft King Air 200
  • (b) The aircraft does not require more than 900m levelled gravel/grass/sand airstrip
  • (c) Prior approval is obtained from De Hoop management.

De Hoop Airstrip details

  • GPS Co-ordinates; S24˚27’09” / E020˚24’55”
  • Elevation; 200ft
  • Runway; 12 / 30
  • Length; 900m
  • Type; Grass
  • Frequencies in use: Overberg Approach 119.8 and VFR 124.8 outside the Overberg area and to monitor