Last Updated on December 23, 2020

  • Before flying, pilots must sign-in using the electronic sign-in form. As backup, pilots may use the paper log located in the lockbox at the foot of the Anniversary Trail, beside the trail sign at the upper parking lot. Ask a club officer for the combination.
  • Windy Hill Open Space Preserve hours are from sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. The lower parking lot is gated, and locks when the preserve closes.
  • Flying is prohibited on Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
  • When driving up to launch, Route 84 must be taken, rather than Old La Honda Road, in order to minimize residential traffic.  Old La Honda Road is a one-lane road for part of the way, and often has heavy bike traffic, particularly on weekends.
  • Pilots must fly with a reserve parachute.
  • Pilots must wear a helmet when flying.
  • Pilots must adhere to all Federal Air Regulations (FARs).
  • There can be no more than 10 gliders present in the preserve at any time, and no more than 5 at launch (HG + PG).
  • Tandem flights are discouraged and are prohibited without explicit permission from a Windy Hill Skyriders officer, due to the long glide to the landing zone, and restricted landing field.
  • The use of mini wings and speed wings is discouraged due to their poor gliding performance and the long glide to the landing zone.
  • As of mid-2016, the MROSD has installed 2 gates through the launch area, to mitigate erosion on a bootleg trail. Pilots are allowed to temporarily take down the gates (clipped on with a carabiner) while launching. After the last pilot has launched, the gate must be put back up. Pilots must return to launch after flying to replace the gate.  Better yet, if any hikers, observers, or RC pilots are present, kindly ask them to replace the gate on your behalf after launching, to save yourself a trip back up to launch.
  • There is a 4000ft ceiling above Windy Hill from SFO’s Class B airspace. The airspace limit rises to 6000ft immediately south of Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. Ensure you look at a VFR map before flying, to familiarize yourself with the airspace.​​
  • After launching, and once some altitude has been gained from ridge lift near launch, fly away from the launch area. Gliders can be distracting to traffic along Skyline Blvd.
  • Do not fly low over the Sequoias seniors’ residence (immediately South of the LZ), Portola Road, or over any of the houses on the East side of the road.