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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 to .

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

Busy landing zone during Spring Air   

April 13, 2016

LZ WiFi use is now available for all members and visitors at no additional cost. SSID and password can be found in the members menu (third listed item). Costs for this service will be assumed by the club but your tax deductible donations to SHGA are always welcome.

Special thanks to Jeff Chipman for making this service availalble for our use! And speaking of Chippy, members can look forward to the "whack cam" being stalled within the next few weeks. This is another LZ enhancement made possible by his dedication to improving our flight park.

2015 was the last year that members who paid an initiation fee were allowed to deduct $20 per year to recover their $100 fee. All members must now pay the full $75 annual fee.

If you are not getting the weekly E-blast and want to, please send an email to Greg Angsten. His email address is in the Members section.

May 5, 2016 8:59am
No reports for Wednesday. TODAY.......rain, wind or both. It's blowing the right way and the altitude of cloud base will be above launch. There is however a 50% chc of showers this afternoon with likely blown out conditions as the upper low approaches. Chc of thunderstorms as well. Max altitude 5,200ft. Cutter or call (626) 260-1615.

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May 7, 2016
Spring Air Festival
The weather is warming and the Santa Anas are slowing for the season (knock on wood)! If you haven't already been out, the Spring Air is a great day to dust off your summer gear and come celebrate flying with your friends!

  Off to the races! Task trophies will be awarded for:
    •Open Class (topless)
    •Sport class (king-posted)

  You have to come down sometime so...
    •Spot landing contest(everyone!)

    •Impress everyone with your favorite treat!
    •Prizes awarded to the top three tastiest contenders!

  •Barbecue fare!

9:00 AM Set Up
9:30-10:30 Pilot check-in and GPS registration
10:30 Pilot meeting for all competitors
11:00-12 Up we go!
TBA Launch windows for both classes (typically, 1PM – 2:30)
4:00 BBQ starts!
5:00 Desserts available for judging (and eating!)
5:30 Awards for Comp and Desserts begin

Thanks! Kat, Nancy and Cathy

The saddle launch
Recently, the saddle launch, traditionally favored by paragliders, has been growing in popularity among hang glider pilots. This is particularly true on windy days when it feels more sheltered than the standard launch. This is deceiving, for that same air is waiting to grab the unsuspecting pilot just a few feet in front of the saddle, and there’s little clearance under the wingtips if something does go wrong. Statistically, there have been at least as many blown launches from the saddle as from the top, even though it is used far less. Most commonly, the pilot will have one wing lifted during the launch run, the other wing will drag through the brush, and the glider will be turned back into the hill. My belief is that if one cannot confidently launch from the top, then one definitely should not consider launching from the saddle.


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