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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!

Chloe Burgis learning to fly, with Baby Lamb as copilot, 6/21/2020   



Angeles National Forest CLOSED
Sept. 15 to Oct. 1, 2020
The closure of the Angeles National Forest has been extended a third time, now until October 1. The closure order is available here. This order prohibits our use, and Kagel is closed to hang gliding.


This Saturday's Movie
Sept 24, 2020


This Saturday's movie (Sept 26th) will be Big Wednesday, a 1978 American coming of age film directed by John Milius. Written by Milius and Dennis Aaberg, it is loosely based on their own experiences at Malibu. The picture stars Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, and Gary Busey as California surfers facing life and the Vietnam War against the backdrop of their love of surfing.[2]

The FIRE DANGER for our mountain range has been raised from VERY HIGH to CRITICAL. The Angeles National Forest is currently CLOSED. Please do not attempt to go up the mountain until further notice.

The "B" storage box doors have been replaced by Will Ramsey and John Partovi. These doors were in really bad shape. Thank you, Will and John, for stepping up to perform this much needed replacement!

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. Questions about the new system? Ask Jay Devorak




September 28, 2020 10:28 am
Report of smokey, light winds and no flights on Sunday. 4 pilots went to Ave S and got over 8k. TODAY.....blowing down. Camp 9 currently over 30kts, NNE. Rasp forecasting launch level winds to be NE at 20kts by 2pm. Angeles Forest/Kagel will be closed til October 1st. Altitude potential to 5,200ft.

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7/31/2020
Towers Launch Clearing Party
Thanks to many volunteers, the towers launch is once again a good place to fly from. 10 pilots worked in hot weather on a steep slope to clear the brush. The work was tough enough that some chose not to fly after the launch was cleared. 5 pilots did manage to launch is windy conditions.





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.

Preflight upgrades
Moving up to a new high-performance glider? It's time to upgrade the preflight as well!

Most of us develop our preflight routine based on a single-surface glider such as a Falcon. When moving up in performance, one may be adding a nose cone, or a VG string, or sprog zippers, or a "dingle-dangle" hang point. I think pilots are particularly likely to overlook those items in their preflights, because they weren't part of the initial routine that they learned.

Avoiding a mid-air collision
It takes two pilots to have a mid-air collision, and one alert pilot can virtually always avoid disaster even when the error primarily lies with the other.

We're taught to clear our turns. What if the other pilot doesn't? Keep an eye out for nearby gliders, and have an escape plan if they do something unexpected.

What if the other pilot enters your thermal improperly? He'll sidle in from the outside, so if you're watching to the outside of your turn as well as the inside, you can dive away.

How about that pilot directly above in the same thermal, who hangs out in your blind spot and fails to yield to your right of way? Often, the shadows on the ground will reveal the situation.



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