WARNING: The descriptions of typical flying conditions listed in this site guide reflect the experience of the authors of the guide. The conditions that you encounter at the site may differ, sometimes substantially, from those encountered by the authors. The descriptions of their experiences may not be relevant to the likely experience of any other pilot, particularly one who is relatively inexperienced or new to the site. A decision to launch is always that of the individual pilot. When deciding whether or not to fly, a pilot may wish to take into account the descriptions in this site guide but must also consider numerous other factors including the pilot's training and experience, familiarity with the site, equipment, physical and mental condition and the specific conditions in existence at the time of the decision. Always fly within the USHPA recommended operating limitations for your rating as specified in the USHPA Pilot Proficiency System. Pilots of relatively little experience or who are new to the site are urged to consult with other local pilots at the site in order to obtain their assessment of the conditions. Always get a site briefing from a local pilot. Do not fly sites alone or without a local pilot present. If locals are not flying, there is likely a reason.
SDHGPA Site Guide
The SDHGPA insures, maintains, and regulates several flying sites in the San Diego area. Many Sites are considered sensitive and flying at our sites requires adhering to specific procedures.
This information and the applicable, current site protocols change VERY OFTEN and you must contact a local, active pilot for a briefing on the current protocols. The best way for even local pilots to be and stay informed about our sites is to come to the SDHGPA site meetings, contact the Site Rep/ pilot in command, or contact your board members. Every effort will be made to keep the site information and protocols up to date in this guide however it should not be relied upon as a single source of information. Always get a site briefing from a local pilot. Do not fly sites alone or without a local pilot present. If locals are not flying, there is likely a reason.
The rating listed for a given launch or landing zone does not mean that if you have that rating you will necessarily be able to safely launch or safely land. The rating means you must have knowledge at that level to decide whether it is safe for you to launch or land in the existing conditions.
Always Fly within the recommended operating limitations for your rating; pay attention to changing conditions and weather forecasts. Flying into mid day and peak heating conditions should be reserved for Advanced pilots. Reference USHPA recommended operating limitations for your rating in the USHPA USHPA Pilot Proficiency System.
Cross-country flights from all of our sites fly over private property and/ or State Park land. You should familiarize yourself with the locations of legal landing zones and strict no landing areas before venturing XC.
Some sites have an LZ designated "Emergency". This really means emergency, as in something breaks or goes terribly wrong. Only a couple of landings per year (that's total landings, not per pilot) at those sites might classify as emergency and would be tolerated. Lack of lift is not an emergency, rather that is pilot error. You must fly in such a way that you are always very sure that you can make it to a legal LZ.
Power assisted flight is non recommended or prohibited at most of our foot launch soaring sites due to conditions and/ or use agreements.
The information, rules, and guidelines contained in the links below take precedence over conflicting information that may be found on the web for the following sites:
Infrequently Flown and not maintained or recommended:
Closed Private Sites - do Not Fly these sites that require specific “by invitation only” permission:
Other Nearby Sites (sometimes flown by members but not maintained by SDHGPA or another local chapter that maintains Site Guides):
* Only Local or Visiting Schools and Instructors that have Registered with SDHGPA and been Verified by SDHGPA as meeting each SDHGPA Additional Insured Site Requirements may conduct "For-hire (commercial) activity" at SDHGPA Primary Insured Sites. (Definition of a Site includes all associated Launches and and Landing Zones / LZs listed in each Site Guide and SDHGPA Additional Insured list.) (By definition, Tandem Flight is for instruction and commercial if student is enrolled in a certification program or other for consideration compensation)
Flight School and Instructor requirement Verification is required for Each of the following sites individually:
Each School and Instructor must clearly display the SDHGPA Verified School Vehicle Pass in all vehicles at all SDHGPA Insured Sites.
To be listed as a School or Instructor and more information: See Schools & Instruction Policies -Protocal
**The Torrey Pines Glider Port is operated as a commercial for profit concession on City Park Lands and is not under the guidance or provisions of SDHGPA.
Pilots in Command:
If you need/ or have site information,
please contact the following people:
Palomar Bob Barry (760) 207-6721
Big Black Bill Helliwell (760) 500-1265
Horse Canyon Bill Helliwell (760) 500-1265
Laguna Bill Helliwell (760) 500-1265
Anza-Borrego SP Bill Helliwell (760) 500-1265
Little Black Dave Metzgar (858) 336-5391
Blossom Valley Wild Bill Davis (619) 206-0054
Otay Bill Helliwell (760) 500-1265
Tecate Peak Dave Metzgar (858) 336-5391
XC Competition Bill Helliwell (760) 500-1265
Torrey Pines Robin Marion (858) 452-9858