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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   

Construction Zone
July 19th, 2019

Our club is in the process of adding additional concrete on the grass side of the A and B storage boxes, and to the grass side of the bathrooms as well. The grass has been removed and the surface is rocky and uneven. Please use care when walking through the construction area!

Dates are official! The annual Big Sur camping and hang gliding trip is happening the weekend of September 20th - 22nd. In order to fly pilots must hold a H3 or higher, or H2s with special clearance and supervision from Windsports. The campsite is available starting the 17th for those who wish to go early. This is a family friendly trip, but spots are limited, so sign up quick! We will be camping at Plaskett Creek right across from the landing zone and the ocean. Sign up for a spot at the campsite and if you are going to be bringing a vehicle.

July 23, 2019 8:00am
Report of no flights on Monday. TODAY.....mish mash. There is virga falling in spots across the region. I had rain hitting the ground at 7am. While the rain stopped, the overcast will likely remain. Slight chc of thunderstorms this afternoon. The humidity does take a dip early afternoon and the potential altitude will get your attention. Also despite a strong inversion, I don't see any haze lines. S winds aloft between 8 and 10kts. Max altitude 7,500ft.

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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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