Fort Flagler State Park
April 2015 Update, submitted by Safety Director:

  1. Launching pilots have the right of way, and may stay close to bluff during the first pass. After clearing launch and becoming established in the lift, normal ridge rules will then apply.
  2. Pilots in flight must give way to launching pilots.
  3. Non-flying pilots are responsible for clearing launch/landing areas. Spectators should be kept 50 feet away.

Guidelines are posted at the kiosk at each launch site. Please remember that flying at Fort Flagler is a privilege–and it is provisional. Any misuse of the privilege could lose the site for everyone.

Some, but not all, specific rules are:

  • Do not disturb park facilities, features, or historical resources.
  • Be courteous to visitors and their activities. We want to be invited back.
  • Launch and land only in posted areas (see maps on kiosks.) NO landing at the camp ground,
  • Sorry, but there is specifically no hang gliding, no motorized flying, and no RC gliders or powered RC planes.
  • Finally, please follow park rules and keep your pets on a leash. Dogs and paragliders often do not mix. Dogs can easily damage wings, and either pilot or animal can easily be hurt.

DANGER: All of Fort Flagler’s flying sites require the skill to cliff launche and, as well, a USHPA cliff launch sign off. These cliffs might look small and benign, but they are not. A fall of 100 feet or so to the beaches below could significantly change your life.

ALL PILOTS must be current USHPA members and must have Ciff Launch (CL), Restricted Landing Field (RLF), and Flat Slope Launch (FSL) special skill identifiers. All pilots must be a P3, or a P2 accompanied by a USHPA instructor or USHPA observer.