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Sylmar is the world capital of hang gliding and pilots have been flying hang gliders in these mountains since 1969. The first U.S. National Hang Gliding Championships were held here in 1973.

The Flight Park is located just outside of Los Angeles and we enjoy around 300 days of flying a year. Please check out the rules and site information before flying here. The Sylmar Hang Gliding Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization. Dues and other payments can be sent via PayPal.

Pilots and non-pilots are welcome to enjoy our flight park year 'round! Fly high, fly far, fly safe!

Chloe Burgis learning to fly, with Baby Lamb as copilot, 6/21/2020   

Angeles National Forest OPEN!
October 9, 2020
The Angeles National Forest reopened on Friday morning, October 9 according to Twitter, but it looks official. There is still a TFR in effect over the Bobcat fire area, so don't fly east of Mount Lowe. For those with their feet on the ground, roads and trails remain closed in the Bobcat fire and Lake fire areas.

Oct 19th, 2020

SHGA After Dark
The movie on Saturday evening, October 24, will be 1941,a 1979 American period war action comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and featuring an ensemble cast including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Toshiro Mifune, and Robert Stack. Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor. .

Seeking nominations for 2021 Board of Directors
SHGA is seeking nominations for next year's Board of Directors. Any members may nominate themselves or someone else for any position, though you should probably talk to them about it first. One place to start would be as a director-at-large, but go ahead and step up for others as well. The only prerequisite is a desire to pitch in and make this the best club it can be. Send nominations ASAP to gregangsten@gmail.com as the election will be next month.

The Forest is OPEN once again so fly at will.

October 20, 2020 9:31 am
Report of blowing in during part of the afternoon. No flights on Monday. TODAY...... even lower. No rasp today so more of a guess than usual. Even though the forecasts have more NE and velocity, I think it will be about the same as Monday. Fog forecast to burn off by 10am. Max altitude to 3,700.

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Towers Launch Clearing Party
Thanks to many volunteers, the towers launch is once again a good place to fly from. 10 pilots worked in hot weather on a steep slope to clear the brush. The work was tough enough that some chose not to fly after the launch was cleared. 5 pilots did manage to launch is windy conditions.

Landing out
Landing away from a familiar LZ is one of the most challenging things we do as hang glider pilots. Practice is hugely valuable, and if the ability to land out is important to your flying style, then it's worth intentionally doing so on occasion.

Walking the most likely bail-out LZs is another great way to reduce risk. Here in Sylmar, our bail-out LZs change continually as the forces of wilderness and urbanization battle against each other along the foot of the mountains. While there are descriptions here, it is worth visiting them in person every now and again.

There are lots of reasons not to fly with wheels. First, they cause drag. When flying in a competition against other pilots on equally fast gliders and of similar skill, then leave the wheels at home. Likewise, skip the Go-Pro camera, and make sure there aren't any wrinkles in your racing harness.

Wheels are also expensive; they cost as much as a downtube or two. For those who have never bent a downtube or scratched up a carbon fiber basetube, wheels are superfluous.

Wheels can also be problematic on a few launches; for example, they're discouraged at Yosemite. Then again, on rare occasion, one will observe a nearly-blown launch saved by wheels.

Aside from those special situations (competition flying, abject poverty, or Yosemite), consider flying with wheels. They really do reduce injuries, damage to gliders, and long-term cost.

Airspeed is What You Need
How much airspeed do you need for the roll control you want when flying close to fixed objects? How much do you need for the insulation against stalling that you want then?

Launching a glider is essentially a process of increasing airspeed. Consider that it's not a number of steps, or how fast, and read the Airspeed is What You Need post in the Safety Forum. Some conditions, some locations, need more.


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