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Welcome
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!

Ceanothus, California poppies, and Dave Froschauer   



Kagel gate combo changed
June 18, 2017
The padlock on the Forest Service gate to launch has been changed, and with the change of lock comes a change in the combination. Log in to the members area for the new combination.


Monthly Meeting
May 29th, 2017

Monthy Board of Directors meeting will be held on June 10th at 10:00 am. All members are welcome to attend.

The first bathroom is now fully operational with the installation of the urinal last Sunday. Richard will be looking for help to complete the second bathroom. If you have some time to spare, ask him what you can do to assist

Towers Launch remains closed and the Forest Service wants to keep it closed until further notice.




June 21, 2017 9:03am
Report of no flights on Tuesday. TODAY.......repeat again. S winds aloft between 4 and 6kts. Max altitude 4.200ft.

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June 24, 2017
Helper Needed
Richard Shaw is planning to work on the bathroom this coming weekend and would like an assistant. Anyone willing to spend Saturday, possibly Sunday (can be two different helpers) setting tile is asked to contact Richard at his mobile number, available in the Member Directory.



July 1, 2017
Rob's Annual Bash
Save the date! Rob is bringing back his annual party, sans pool, after flying on the first Saturday of July. There will be music, food and drink but bringing your own is welcome, too. His home is within walking distance of the LZ; plan to park there and stroll over to his place as there is no parking in his cul-de-sac.
Directions to 13546 Mindora Avenue here.


July 15, 2017
April, May, June and July Birthdays
Please note the change in date to avoid a conflict with Crestline's Anniversary Fly-in, July 8th. Hopefully, everyone can attend both events now.

Sorry to make the spring babies wait so long but having a mid-summer celebration seems a no-brainer for weather and the chance for a great party. Not yet confirmed (checking with the producer about the date change) we may see the return of SHGA After Dark. Updates here, as they we get them.

Attention! Please watch the Events section for scheduled bathroom work days.

July 23, 2017
HAM Radio Technician Class

Those who wish to use a two-meter radio for communication while flying should obtain their FCC license. There will be a one-day class held by a private instructor for a $75 fee. This class is held quarterly, the next scheduled for Sunday July 23, and information to reserve is here. There are 26 spaces available as of this posting. (This is not an SHGA sponsored event but having your license using a radio is recommended)





Avoiding a mid-air collision
It takes two pilots to have a mid-air collision, and one alert pilot can virtually always avoid disaster even when the error primarily lies with the other.

We're taught to clear our turns. What if the other pilot doesn't? Keep an eye out for nearby gliders, and have an escape plan if they do something unexpected.

What if the other pilot enters your thermal improperly? He'll sidle in from the outside, so if you're watching to the outside of your turn as well as the inside, you can dive away.

How about that pilot directly above in the same thermal, who hangs out in your blind spot and fails to yield to your right of way? Often, the shadows on the ground will reveal the situation.



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