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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!

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

Corona Virus
SHGA recommends and requests that everyone in the LZ wear a face mask when in groups or within six feet of anyone else. PLEASE!! Donít infect friends or other pilots with the Coronavirus. Wear a mask to protect others from YOUR germs. Masks are not to protect the wearer from others. Be considerate. Donít be a jerk. Besides, itís the law in L.A. County.

Gate to Launch
July 14th, 2020

The lock on the gate to launch has been found open on two occasions lately. We use that road by permission of the Forest Service on the condition that we keep it LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. Please do not put our access to launch at risk! Be sure to turn at least 2 numbers and pull on the lock to be sure that it is in fact LOCKED after closing the gate. There are no exceptions to this rule.

All trucks with 4-wheel drive capability should use it while on the road to launch. Using 4-wheel drive helps keep the dirt road in good condition, especially in the steep sections toward the end.

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. Details will follow as they get worked out.

July 15, 2020 8:27am
No reports for Tuesday. TODAY.....repeat. Fog at Kagel but it's already burning off. Lots of haze with defined layers. SSE winds aloft between 6 and 8kts by 2pm. Max altitude 4,400ft

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Towers Launch Clearing Party
Join us for a clearing of the brush on Towers Launch on Friday, July 31st at 10am. We plan to get the place flyable and then fly off when complete. Spaghetti dinner for all participants. Rob's truck will be going up with 4 or 5 people already committed. Contact Rob Burgis if you would like to join the party.

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.

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.


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