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Flying Site Information

The RGSA insures and maintains these sites :

Franklin Mountains State Park - Agave Hill Launch 31.913033, -106.506967 , El Paso, TX;
                                          - Main LZ 31.910659, -106.519001, El Paso, TX;
                                          - Nelson's Launch 31.872852, -106.498522, El Paso, TX;
                                          - Alt Nelson's LZ 31.876043,-106.518821, El Paso, TX

Dry Canyon - HG Launch 32.927171, -105.885846 Alamogordo NM
                 - PG Launch 32.925986, -105.883702 Alamogordo NM
                 - LZ 32.928433, -105.945367, Alamogordo NM

If you plan to fly DRY CANYON, please give Alamogordo's Recreation Center Manager, Heather Clark, a quick call and let her know your plans (she will ensure the LZ is free, irrigation turned off, etc.): (575) 439-4142.  You can leave a message or an email hclark@ci.alamogordo.nm.us.  The Medevac helicopter at Gerald Champion Hospital in Alamogordo should be notified whenever launch operations are about to commence, to reduce the risk of midair collisions over the landing zone in Alamogordo. Their phone number is (575) 635-3494.

For additional information on the above sites, go to the respective hyperlinks above.

Contacts for helpful site information

(please text the pilots below, if possible)

Robin Hastings (575) 541-5744  HG
Bill Cummings (575) 541-0803  HG
Mike Ellsworth (575) 937-4840  HG
Steve Crye (915) 412-5769 PG
Lee Boone (915) 256-1772  PG & HG
Had Robinson (915) 726-2698  PG
Wyatt Lines  (520) 289-7512

Site Rules

All pilots must abide by our site rules.  You will not be permitted to fly at our insured sites unless you agree to our site rules.  These rules apply to all visitors.  Flying in the Franklin Mountains State Park has additional rules which are enforced by Park Police.

Remember that a hang check is required before launch at all RGSA sites, and a buddy check of your glider and harness is also strongly recommended.  For Dry Canyon and La Luz, follow these two safety rules:

If White Sands starts dusting up, it’s too turbulent to be safe. Don’t launch, or if you’re in the air, land as soon as you can get to the LZ. It is no fun being a leaf in the wind… If you find yourself near the launch, looking up at it, start for the landing zone! You are getting low a long way back from a landable area.