Dear Wings of Rogallo members,
We have some exciting news to share. The Windy Hill Skyriders (www.windyhillskyriders.com) will be handing off management of the Windy Hill flying site to the Wings of Rogallo (WOR) later this year!
The Windy Hill Skyriders executive board will join WOR as the Windy Hill Site Committee, and will continue to manage the site in that capacity.
Why is this happening?
Insurance costs are rising and the administrative burden of running a club has increased in recent years. WOR is well-positioned to handle the administrative aspects of managing Windy Hill into the future, and has a fully-featured website that is capable of handling permits, sign-in logs, and memberships (thank you Bob!). Furthermore, most Windy Hill Skyriders members are already members of WOR, which makes the transition fairly easy. By consolidating clubs, we are aiming to reduce administrative overhead and pass along cost savings to members.
When is this happening?
The specific timeline is still being determined, but the expected transition date is this Summer. Details will be communicated closer to the date.
Who can fly at Windy Hill?
The Windy Hill Skyriders website has detailed site procedures and a site guide that will soon be migrated onto WOR’s website. Please read through all of the information there if you are interested in flying at Windy Hill, as the procedures and guidance will largely remain unchanged once WOR takes over the site.
Please note that Windy Hill is a challenging, sensitive, and somewhat fickle site, and requires excellent piloting skills and sound judgment to be flown safely.
You must be a USHPA member, a WOR member, and possess a P4 / H4 (or foreign equivalent), with a Restricted Landing Field (RLF) special skill recommended for HGs.
You must possess a permit from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD). Details are below.
You must get a site introduction from an experienced pilot before flying there.
How do I get a MROSD permit and why do I need one?
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) has its own permit system, and unlike most other flying sites, requires that each pilot be issued their own individual special use permit. Park officers do check permits on occasion to ensure that pilots are flying there legally.
A Windy Hill Site Committee member can obtain a permit from the park on your behalf. There is no cost to obtain a permit, however this process is somewhat administratively burdensome to manage with the park office and can have a long turn-around time, so please only request a permit if you meet the requirements to fly at Windy Hill and have interest in flying there.
The process for requesting a permit will be formalized and communicated closer to the transition date.
What will it cost to fly there?
We don’t expect that WOR membership fees will need to be raised. Access to Windy Hill will be included in the annual WOR membership fee.
If you have any questions, please reach out to any of the club officers.
The Wings of Rogallo executive board