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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.

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

Kagel launch, Andrea Margolin, 2011   




January 8th, 2020

The Board of Directors meet in the pavilion on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 09:00 in the winter months and 10 AM the rest of the year. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Storage box prices lowered! The top row of storage box "A" has been lowered from $180 to $150 (12 inch "half" tubes). The top of storage box B has been lowered from $220 to $200 (14" tubes).

The SHGA e-blast is an announcement of news, forum postings and if necessary, important notifications. It is sent out most weeks to the membership on Thursday or Friday. If you have not been receiving these emails and want to receive them (or vice versa) please notify gregangsten@gmail.com




January 17, 2020 7:25am
Report of no flights on Thursday. Clouds didn't drop down to launch altitude until about 4:30. Launch winds were approaching 20kts. TODAY....possible launch window. The region is postfrontal but forecast to go NE by afternoon. Blip confirms but velocities are really light. With enough heating there could be a launch window. Winds aloft are NE, 4 to 6kts by 1pm. Scattered clouds at 20K. Max altitude 4,700ft.

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Landing out
Landing away from a familiar LZ is one of the most challenging things we do as hang glider pilots. Practice is hugely valuable, and if the ability to land out is important to your flying style, then it's worth intentionally doing so on occasion.

Walking the most likely bail-out LZs is another great way to reduce risk. Here in Sylmar, our bail-out LZs change continually as the forces of wilderness and urbanization battle against each other along the foot of the mountains. While there are descriptions here, it is worth visiting them in person every now and again.

Wheels
There are lots of reasons not to fly with wheels. First, they cause drag. When flying in a competition against other pilots on equally fast gliders and of similar skill, then leave the wheels at home. Likewise, skip the Go-Pro camera, and make sure there aren't any wrinkles in your racing harness.

Wheels are also expensive; they cost as much as a downtube or two. For those who have never bent a downtube or scratched up a carbon fiber basetube, wheels are superfluous.

Wheels can also be problematic on a few launches; for example, they're discouraged at Yosemite. Then again, on rare occasion, one will observe a nearly-blown launch saved by wheels.

Aside from those special situations (competition flying, abject poverty, or Yosemite), consider flying with wheels. They really do reduce injuries, damage to gliders, and long-term cost.

Airspeed is What You Need
How much airspeed do you need for the roll control you want when flying close to fixed objects? How much do you need for the insulation against stalling that you want then?

Launching a glider is essentially a process of increasing airspeed. Consider that it's not a number of steps, or how fast, and read the Airspeed is What You Need post in the Safety Forum. Some conditions, some locations, need more.



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