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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.

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


June 24, 2015

Rim of the Valley special resources study: The National Park Service is studying a proposed expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include land around the San Gabriel Mountains. Two of the alternatives include the SHGA flight park and much of our usual flying territory within their boundaries. There is the possibility that new NPS regulations could affect our flying, so the BoD has been researching the issue and will submit a public comment before the June 30 deadline. We are working with USHPA to get support from our national organization as well. Lots more information is available here.

August 3, 2015 8:15am
No reports for Sunday. TODAY......repeat. Solid inversion with SW winds aloft all they way up. Max altitude of 4,500ft. Cutter or call (626) 260-1615

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July 11, 2015
Lecture by Mike Meier and Movie
After flying on Saturday, about 7:30, Mike Meier will speak about "Hang Glider Airworthiness Safety and the Provisions Hang Glider Manufacturers Make in the Gliders They Build". Mike is the president of the Hang Glider Manufacturer's Association (HGMA), and of Wills Wing Hang Gliders.

At about 8:30, there will be a movie in the LZ! It will be "Birth of a Legend" from 1995, starring Richard Dean Anderson and John DeLancie, and runs about an hour.

For more information, see the pilot forum.

Landing Out with Power Lines in the Mix!
The pilot launched Chiefs with the intent of landing at Andy Beem's ranch. Unfortunately, the pilot failed to identify the proper LZ and opted to head for the bail out rather take a chance of landing on someone else's property.

The pilot arrived over the bail out LZ with plenty of altitude. There was a decent west wind, with a slight north component. The pilot was able to identify potential hazards, including trees at the downwind end of the LZ, and power lines which he decided to use as his down wind guide. The pilot had experience landing in this fashion, as there is a similar approach when landing out at the dam in Sylmar.

Confidence was high, since the pilot arrived with plenty of altitude and time to set up his approach. As he circled up wind of the numbers, the pilot failed to notice that the north component had drifted him past the power lines while circling. Now he was getting low, on the wrong side of the lines, and guess what, he hit sink. The vario was clearly unhappy with his choices thus far, and complained loudly.

The power lines were coming up quickly now, forcing the pilot to cut to base early, way before the numbers. Lifting his legs as he passed over the lines, just for good luck, the pilot breathed a sigh of relief.

The rest of the approach was uneventful and because of the wind, the pilot took a no step landing on the asphalt. A good landing?

Lesson he learned: When landing in unfamiliar territory, expect and plan for the worst. The pilot allowed himself to be lulled into complacency, given his skill level and the altitude at which he arrived over the huge LZ. Because of this false sense of security, he failed to use his top game and didn't notice the visual cues indicating he was heading into a position of "in extremis".

Keep your head on a swivel and never, ever allow yourself to drift beyond power lines. Keep them under your feet, or stay on the LZ side of them for safety's sake.


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