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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.

This Saturday's Movie
August 3rd, 2020

This Saturday's movie (Aug 8th) will be Dark Side of the Rainbow Ė also known as Dark Side of Oz or The Wizard of Floyd Ė refers to the pairing of the 1973 Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon with the visual portion of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. This produces moments where the film and the album appear to correspond with each other. The title of the music video mashup-like experience comes from a combination of the album title, the album cover, and the film's song "Over the Rainbow." Band members and others involved in the making of the album state that any relationship between the two works of art is merely a coincidence.

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. Questions about the new system? Ask Jay Devorak

August 8, 2020 9:00am
Report of sporadically good day on Friday with a high of 5,060ft. TODAY.....not as good. Less haze but it's lower with a well defined top. SW winds aloft between 4 and 6kts by 2pm. Max altitude of 4,700ft.

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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.

Flying the Air or the Location?
When you're on approach to the Sylmar LZ, do you study the wind conditions? When you're circling in the staging area?

While you're on your downwind and base legs, are you adjusting your geometry to arrive at the entry point of your optimal final leg, flying your chosen speed?

It's natural for the human brain to organize around the visual information -- fly down that path, over to there, and then to there. However, we fly in the invisible medium that's in motion, and getting yourself to the top of the ideal final leg for the day requires an approach customized for the conditions you actually encounter.

Oneís shoes are hidden away inside a pod harness when flying and so it seems like they couldnít possibly affect safety, but thatís the catch, literally. Some boots have hooks for the laces, and theyíre liable to snag on other lines inside the harness. Shoe laces can get caught in the harness zipper, making it hard to zip, or worse, unzip. A last-minute discovery that oneís feet are stuck inside the harness can make for an exciting landing. It is good practice to unzip and get oneís feet out early enough to solve a problem if needed. Failing that, one can land on wheels if equipped with them, or with good flare timing, land no-footed on the tail of the harness and flop down safely.

In the air, a pilot may free his legs from his harness and act like heís pedaling a bicycle. This is an emergency signal to other pilots to land immediately, and can be used when ham radio communication is not available. Competition pilots will use this to signal when a task is cancelled due to threatening weather. It is also appropriate if pilots need to clear the air for a helicopter rescue, or if a nearby forest fire results in aerial firefighting activity.


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