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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!

Gidget and Olive ready to go hang gliding!   

Latest News
November 28, 2022

SHGA Elections are open until December 3. Voting is by electronic, as explained by email sent to all members on November 18.

The elected USHPA board members are Nick Greece, Charles Allen, Stephan Mentler, and Tiki Mashy. They will join Julia Knowles, Steve Pearson, Melissa Milled, Pamela Kinnaird, and two others to be appointed in January, 2023.

November 30, 2022 9:23am
Report of flyable conditions until 6pm but no one flew on Tuesday. TODAY......marginal. An interesting combination of weather features will keep the clouds around all day. Both TAF's forecasting overcast at 3,500ft by noon. The blipspot is indicating cloudbase dropping through the day. By 11am, over 4K, by 1pm it's down to 3,800ft and by 4pm at 2,600ft. SE winds aloft between 8 and 12kts by 1pm. The potential altitude is down to 4,500ft. Max altitude 3,800ft.

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December 3, 2022
Holiday Party
All SHGA members, their families and friends are welcome to join the celebration at Rob and Janyce's house on Saturday, December 3. It will begin somewhere around 4 PM, so that people can fly first, weather permitting. Their house is at 13546 Mindora Avenue, off of Lazard St. and about two blocks from the LZ. The event will be potluck, and Steve Murillo has set up a Google sheet to reduce the amount of luck involved here. You can edit that sheet to let people know what you'll be bringing.

Cloud suck
Here are three signs of potential trouble:
• Widespread cloud cover overhead
• Large areas of strong, smooth lift
• Dark clouds with flat bottoms in the area
Any one of these calls for an active awareness of the conditions and how they are changing over time. Any two calls for immediate evasive action, such as getting away from the lift, or maintaining at least a 1:1 glide UP to clear blue sky past the edge of a cloud. All three are a dire emergency, and one must use any means possible to escape, ignoring niceties like restricted airspace and safe landing areas.

Urban Flying Site
Are you on radio?

We are a flying site on the edge of a major urban area. We've powered air traffic including 3 airports nearby and a victor airway directly overhead.

Additionally, we have a complex visual backdrop, looking for air traffic while on approach to our LZ.

Please monitor and use the standard club radio frequency to announce the presence of powered aircraft, and to announce when you cross the Gavina Street bridge on approach.

Alternate Landing Zones
A great deal of freedom comes from cutting the imaginary tether to the primary LZ and being willing to land out. Along with that freedom comes the responsibility to know the alternate LZs well enough to be safe. In the blue menu bar, the Site Dangers link includes short descriptions, GPS coordinates, and links to maps for eleven choices. Then again, reading about an alternate LZ is no substitute for walking it in person, so these should be considered ideas to encourage exploration. If you’ve landed at all eleven of them, let me know!


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