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Welcome
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   



Nominations for the Board of Directors needed
November 10th, 2019

Welcome New Members Taso Zolas and Daniel Quick!

It's time to submit nominations for the SHGA BOD for 2020. You can nominate anyone you believe would be good for a position and that includes yourself! You can contact gregangsten@gmail.com or any current board member with your submission.
With the sad loss of our long-serving treasurer Katherine, we especially need a member with bookkeeping skills to step up for this position. Please give it serious consideration. Here is a list of who is running so far:

President - Rob Burgis
Vice President - Marshall Robin
Secretary - Larry Chamblee
Treasurer - Rob Burgis
Safety Director - Mike Ivey
Activities Director -
Directors at Large - Frederick Wagner, Janyce Collins Burgis, Greg Ansten, Juan Arambula

Ballets will be mailed out soon and must be counted by December 7th. Any ballets arriving after Dec 7 will be discarded.

World Team Plaque
Janyce is attempting to collect data on World Team pilots who were members of SHGA at the time. (We are making a commemorative plaque.) If you have competed as a World Team pilot, please contact Janyce or Rob!

Storage box prices lowered! The top row of storage box "A" has been lowered from $180 to $150 (12 inch "half" tubes). The top of storage box B has been lowered from $220 to $200 (14" tubes).

Save the Date: SHGA Holiday Party will be Dec 7!




November 11, 2019 8:55am
Report of a scratchy Sunday with a high of 4,087ft. TODAY......blowing down. NE between 14 and 18kts at launch level all day.

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November 3rd, 2019

Christmas Party this year is December 7th and will be held in a large circus tent on OUR SITE. There will be some catered snacks but this will be a POT LUCK. So bring your best dish, bring something bought, or donate a few bucks at the event and eat everyone else's chow. This is how we used to do it and hope this makes it easier for people to attend. There will be no "suggested donation" this year and no need knowing how many will show up.





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.

Shoes
One’s shoes are hidden away inside a pod harness when flying and so it seems like they couldn’t possibly affect safety, but that’s the catch, literally. Some boots have hooks for the laces, and they’re 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 one’s feet are stuck inside the harness can make for an exciting landing. It is good practice to unzip and get one’s 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.

Pedaling
In the air, a pilot may free his legs from his harness and act like he’s 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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