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Flying Site Information

The RGSA insures and maintains a number of sites in its region.  They are:

Franklin Mountains State Park - Agave Hill Launch 31.913033, -106.506967 , El Paso, TX;
                                          - Main LZ 31.910659, -106.519001, El Paso, TX;
                                          - Lee's Lookout Launch 31.877933, -106.500250, El Paso, TX;
                                          - Nelson's Launch 31.872852, -106.498522, El Paso, TX;
                                          - North Mount Franklin Launch 31.902917, -106.493700, 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 plant to fly DRY CANYON, please give Alamogordo's Rec Family Manager, Regina Michaud, a quick call and let her know your plans (she will ensure the LZ is free, irrigation turned off, etc.): (575) 439-4265.  You can leave a message or an email michaud@ci.alamogordo.nm.us

For additional information on the above sites and other sites in the region, go to the flying sites info page from Southwest Airsports.  (To post the information here would be a duplication of effort and programming.)

Contacts for helpful site information

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

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.