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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!

Kagel launch, Andrea Margolin, 2011   

Corona Virus
March 22nd, 2020
Although our club remains open for flying, we encourage everyone to comply with "social distancing" guidelines. Avoid riding together in trucks where possible. Consider hiking up the mountain so that trucks carry as few people as possible. Also consider wearing masks (or scarves) when in a truck going up the mountain. And wash your hands a LOT while in the LZ.

Gate Lock Combination Changed
May 9th, 2020

The combination for the lock on the gate to launch has been changed. It is also a new lock that is easier to use. The new combination can be found on the Members Only section of our website.

SHGA's membership billing will be changing to assure that we are non-commercial in the eyes of our insurance provider. The day-use fee has been replaced with a monthly membership at the same price. Glider storage assessments will be combined with membership dues and billed at the same time. Details will follow as they get worked out.

June 1, 2020 8:46am
Report of a pleasant day on Sunday. Highest was 4,700ft. TODAY....Looks normal. The blipspot indicates an unexplainably high altitude of 7,700ft. NWS is forecasting a mostly cloudy day. The air is relatively clear but otherwise there's nothing to explain the high altitude. SW winds aloft between 6 and 10kts. Max altitude 5,000ft.

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Take a hike!
To practice "social distancing" in these coronavirus times, consider hiking up and flying down. A trail map is available here. Remember to stay at least a wingspan apart, and fly safe. This is an even worse time than usual to need a hospital bed.

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.

Urban Flying Site
Are you on radio?

We are a flying site on the edge of a major urban area. We've powered air traffic including 3 airports nearby and a victor airway directly overhead.

Additionally, we have a complex visual backdrop, looking for air traffic while on approach to our LZ.

Please monitor and use the standard club radio frequency to announce the presence of powered aircraft, and to announce when you cross the Gavina Street bridge on approach.

Alternate Landing Zones
A great deal of freedom comes from cutting the imaginary tether to the primary LZ and being willing to land out. Along with that freedom comes the responsibility to know the alternate LZs well enough to be safe. In the blue menu bar, the Site Dangers link includes short descriptions, GPS coordinates, and links to maps for eleven choices. Then again, reading about an alternate LZ is no substitute for walking it in person, so these should be considered ideas to encourage exploration. If you’ve landed at all eleven of them, let me know!


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