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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 to .

Pilots and non-pilots are welcome to enjoy our flight park year 'round! Fly high, fly far, fly safe!

Busy landing zone during Spring Air   

Sand Fire closes Kagel
July 24, 2016, 9 AM
The Sand Fire burned to the top of Kagel and Towers Saturday afternoon. Conditions are changing rapidly, but it appears that Little T Road is closed, there is no access to the Kagel launch, and aerial firefighting activities continue in the immediate area. There is a TFR listed again over the Kagel area, in effect for the foreseeable future.

July 13, 2016

Fire Season has arrived and it's vital that all of us use extreme caution upon entering the Angeles National Forest, and at our launch and landing sites. An important part of our Arson/Crime-Watch program is for us to monitor pilots and spectators to ensure there is no smoking within the forest, and to be aware that car and truck catalytic converters and hot exhaust pipes and manifolds can quickly start brush fires when in close proximity to dry vegetation. Broken glass and bottles are known to have caused major fires as well.

Please promptly report any suspicious incidents or activities to your club officers or to 911

July 25, 2016 8:54am
Report that only four helicopters flew on Sunday. :-) TODAY......humidity is up. A pretty static weather pattern has settled in. Winds aloft are SSE between 6 to 10kts. Partly cloudy sky forecast by NWS with scattered at 12K from the Van Nuys TAF. Clouds are forecast due to the increased moisture moving in at the 12 to 15K level. The monsoon approaches. I have no info on the fire this morning. If Kagel is open, expect a max altitude of 4,900ft. Cutter or call (626) 260-1615.

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August 13,2016
August Birthdays
Join us all on Saturday the 13th to celebrate our friends born in August. The barbecue will be grilling and SHGA After Dark has plans for a screening, with popcorn, as usual. Tentatively, Eye In The Sky is on the schedule. Don't forget your blankets!

September 23, 2016
Windsports Big Sur Trip
The Big Sur trip, sponsored by Windsports, is planned for September 23-25. See Events for details.

October 1 ,2016
Dahlsten Cup Fly-In
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Dalhsten Cup Event is now, tentatively, scheduled for Saturday the 1st of October. More to follow.

Decmber 10,2016
Holiday Party
We want everyone to have a chance to plan and attend so, a little advance notice:
This year's holiday event will be held on Saturday Evening, December 10th.
Please mark your calendar!

But are you really? Some pilots are so intent on launching that they fail to give their wire crew time to get out of the way, and run them over. Not only is this bad manners; it also leads to dangerous launches if a side wire or wingtip isn’t really clear.

One solution is good communication. Before launching, the pilot and wire crew should agree on a protocol. Typically, the pilot will call “clear!”, wait for the wire crew to reply that they are clear, and then launch. Another solution is to look. When the pilot believes he is clear, he can look both left and right, to be sure that both wings are in fact clear. Personally, I believe in doing both. If the launch conditions are so challenging that one cannot spare that much time and attention, then one probably shouldn’t be launching in the first place.


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