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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!

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



Road to Launch Gate Combination Changed
June 10th, 2018
Combo has been changed as of 6/6/18. Please refer to the members only section for new combination, listed under "Kagel Launch".


Launch First Aid Kit
June 14th, 2018

First aid kit has been attached below the north end of the wooden bench on launch. I it purposely not in plain view so check it out and remember that it is there. Thanks to Mike Ivey for getting this done!




June 18, 2018 9:30am
Report of launch winds dropping off to a more nornal 15kts by 2pm. The sun came out about 4pm allowing a high of 4,300ft on Sunday. TODAY.......NW out back and coming over the mtns east of Kagel. An odd pattern. Rasp indicating NW switching to SSW by 3pm. The inversion is weaker. Given the NW, I would guess a better burnoff today. SSW winds aloft between 6 and 8kts and a max altitude of 4,900ft.

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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.




July 21, 2018
Rob's Annual Bash
Save the date! Rob's annual party is on, after flying on the third Saturday of July. There will be music by Phill and the Blanks, food and drink and bringing your own is welcome, too. His home is within walking distance of the LZ; plan to park there and stroll over to his place as there is no parking in his cul-de-sac.
Directions to 13546 Mindora Avenue here.






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!

Harness preflight
We're all well aware of the need to preflight our gliders, but it's easy to forget that our lives depend on our harnesses as well. Before every flight, it is worth looking over the harness.
• Are the lines straight and untwisted?
• Are the parachute pins fully inserted? They can snag or work loose over time.
• Is there significant wear on any of the lines that go through the carabiner (harness main, parachute bridle, heads-up or knee-hanger lines)?
• Are the buckles and zippers in good condition? It can be exciting if a zipper jams as one's preparing to land.

Wire crews
One of the responsibilities of a pilot is to manage his (or her) wire crew. This includes giving clear instructions about what the pilot will ask for, and what the crew members are expected to do. The pilot must also be prepared, no matter what the wire crew actually does. Sometimes a crew member will fail to clear the wing completely, or give instructions rather than taking them, or conversely, save a pilot from his own mistakes.

It should also go without saying that we are grateful for our wire crews, and one should always be courteous and appreciative of these volunteers.



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