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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   

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".

Monthly BOD Meeting
July 14th, 2018

Board of Directors meeting this Saturday at 10 am. All members are welcome to attend.

July 19, 2018 8:04am
No reports for Tuesday. TODAY.......drier. Mid and High level clouds. Max altitude 4,600ft.

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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.

October 5,2018
Big Sur Trip

Windsports is hosting a camping and flying trip to beautiful Big Sur, planned for Friday, October 5th through Sunday, Oct. 7th. Participation is by reservation only; 40 spots are available, inclusive of pilots and their guests. Early arrival camping may be possible from the 2nd-5th. Pilots must hold an H3 and above, H2 rating and clearance from Windsports with supervision/a lesson from instructors will also work.

• Cost: 15.00 dollars per night per person
• We will be carpooling from the Sylmar landing zone up to   Big Sur - a link for those who have signed up will be   coming to sign up for a vehicle.
• A simple lunch in the LZ will be provided Saturday and   Sunday.
• This is a camping trip, so please bring a tent and supplies.
• A LIMITED number of spots are available for RVs or trailers,   please let us know if you wish to bring one.
• Meals other than lunch on Saturday and Sunday will not be   provided, please bring food and supplies.
• All vehicles will need to park in overflow parking ($10 a   day) which is limited, so we will be trying to bring as few   vehicles as possible and still get everyone up!
• Rides up to launch will be $20 per rider (which will go to   the owner of the vehicle/driver).

To reserve a spot register here (each person attending must register individually). Please register to bring your car here.

If you are a Hang 2 and wish to go on this trip, please email Windsports (fly@Windsports.com) for details and permission.

Contact Windsports by email (Windsportsmedia@gmail.com) with Big Sur in the subject line with any questions .

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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