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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   

Kagel CLOSED by TFR after 3 PM Saturday
November 17, 2018
President Trump will be in town on Saturday, in response to the recent forest fires. Hence, the airspace over Kagel will be closed from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Saturday, November 17. During the closure, the committed pilot may continue to fly by remaining east of Trash, and landing in the Big T Wash. There are no restrictions on Sunday. Please see the TFR for details.

Gate to Launch and New Tie Downs
November 14, 2018

Gate to launch has been repaired. It was very hard to open or close into the post but no more scraping metal now. Also new glider tie downs and carpets were added to launch, as well as several tattered ropes replaced. There are now 18 tie down spots with secured carpets on launch. All work done courtesy of 2 very bored hang glider pilots during the Santa Ana winds.

Congratulations to Kiana Kang and Nathan Kallahan for recently obtaining their Hang 3 ratings. Also congrats to Mike Ivey for bagging his Hang 4 rating! Please congratulate these 3 piliot for their hard work in advancing their respective skill levels when you see them!

Nominations are closed for 2019 Board of Directors positions. Ballots will be mailed on or about November 5th and must be received by December 7th. Results are announced at the Holiday Party.

November 17, 2018 8:21 am
Report of very weak conditions early on but got better and better on Friday. The last pilot got 5,022ft. TODAY..... flyable again. Broken clouds at 20K. Winds aloft are SSE between 4 and 6kts. TFR in effect. See above. Max altitude 4,600ft.

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December 8, 2018
Annual Holiday Party

All SHGA members, their families and friends are encouraged to join the celebration at

The 19th Hole at El Cariso Golf Course
December 8th from 5PM until 11PM.

Invitations via Punchbowl have been sent to all current members with a valid email address.* Please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible as a head count for dinner is required. Appetizer served beginning at 5PM with dinner buffet served from 6PM until 8PM. If not planning to attend for dinner, no reservation is necessary.

Alcoholic and soft drink beverages will be available for purchase at the restaurant bar.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to defray costs ($25/person, suggested) may do so using the PayPal link with a “Holiday Party” comment. If you are experiencing issues with the SHGA Paypal link and wish to make a donation, please feel free to bring your donation to the party where the collection box will be made available.

*If membership is not current or an email address is not part of the SHGA profile or you were inadvertently omitted, R.S.V.P may be sent via private message through the Forum to 'Jim'.

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.

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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