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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   

TFR from Towers launch west
October 16th, 2019
The TFR has been reduced, allowing flights from launch to the LZ and all points east. The western most border is just west of Scooters. The 1500 and 2200 are still within the TFR so let's make LOWER Scooters the furthest west point flyable right now.

Nominations for the Board of Directors needed
October 14th, 2019

It's time to submit nominations for the SHGA BOD for 2020. You can nominate anyone you believe would be good for a position and that includes yourself! You can contact gregangsten@gmail.com or any current board member with your submission.
With the sad loss of our long-serving treasurer Katherine, we especially need a member with bookkeeping skills to step up for this position. Please give it serious consideration.

World Team Plaque
Janyce is attempting to collect data on World Team pilots who were members of SHGA at the time. (We are making a commemorative plaque.) If you have competed as a World Team pilot, please contact Janyce or Rob!

Welcome New Members Kyle Schumacher, Michal Gola and Simon Cacy! Photos coming soon!

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).

Save the Date: SHGA Holiday Party will be Dec 7!

October 20, 2019 8:55am
Report of launch blowing down all day again. No flights on Saturday. TODAY....repeat again. NE winds between 24 and 28kts. Velocity drops a little after 5pm.

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October 26th, 2019
Katherine Yardley Memorial

A memorial for Katherine Yardley will be held in our landing zone on Saturday, October 26th, at noon. If the weather permits, there will be a missing pilot formation fly-over at the end of the ceremony. This will be a pot luck event so bring what you like to eat and drink.

Christmas Party this year is December 7th and will be held in a large circus tent on OUR SITE. There will be some catered snacks but this will be a POT LUCK. So bring your best dish, bring something bought, or donate a few bucks at the event and eat everyone else's chow. This is how we used to do it and hope this makes it easier for people to attend. There will be no "suggested donation" this year and no need knowing how many will show up.

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.

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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