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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!

Joe and Shilo preparing for competition, 4/28/18   



Towers Launch
May 18, 2018


The towers launch is open again! But it requires some major bush whacking before the launch is usable. NOTE - within the set up area is now a commemorative plaque dedicated to the 12 firefighters who lost their lives in the "Loop Fire" on that hillside in 1966. Please take care not to damage it, or any other Forest Service property.

Thank you to new member James Pruett for replacing the defective dollar bill reader in our soda machine!

Accidental chute deployment caused pilot to go down in steep terrain on the east side of trash. An LA County helicopter was called to recued the uninjured pilot. The glider and all of the equipment has been recovered from the crash site




May 23, 2018 8:38am
Report of a soarable day to 4,500ft on Tuesday. TODAY.......getting better. Van Nuys TAF is forecasting broken clouds at 4K by 1pm. Other factors are also indicating it could clear better. No drizzle this am either. The fog has gone deep inland and the inversion is stronger but it's also higher. S winds aloft between 6 and 8kts. Max altitude 4,700ft.

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July 4, 2018
Winds of a Hurricane
Greg Angsten is sponsoring a four night trip to Hurricane, Utah, a site in the southern part of the state with a soarable ridge and great cross-country potential. For details click here and/or contact Greg.





Shoes
One’s shoes are hidden away inside a pod harness when flying and so it seems like they couldn’t possibly affect safety, but that’s the catch, literally. Some boots have hooks for the laces, and they’re liable to snag on other lines inside the harness. Shoe laces can get caught in the harness zipper, making it hard to zip, or worse, unzip. A last-minute discovery that one’s feet are stuck inside the harness can make for an exciting landing. It is good practice to unzip and get one’s feet out early enough to solve a problem if needed. Failing that, one can land on wheels if equipped with them, or with good flare timing, land no-footed on the tail of the harness and flop down safely.

Pedaling
In the air, a pilot may free his legs from his harness and act like he’s pedaling a bicycle. This is an emergency signal to other pilots to land immediately, and can be used when ham radio communication is not available. Competition pilots will use this to signal when a task is cancelled due to threatening weather. It is also appropriate if pilots need to clear the air for a helicopter rescue, or if a nearby forest fire results in aerial firefighting activity.

Cloud suck
Here are three signs of potential trouble:
• Widespread cloud cover overhead
• Large areas of strong, smooth lift
• Dark clouds with flat bottoms in the area
Any one of these calls for an active awareness of the conditions and how they are changing over time. Any two calls for immediate evasive action, such as getting away from the lift, or maintaining at least a 1:1 glide UP to clear blue sky past the edge of a cloud. All three are a dire emergency, and one must use any means possible to escape, ignoring niceties like restricted airspace and safe landing areas.



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