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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   

Angeles National Forest OPEN
October 27th

Launch Weather Station
February 10th, 2021

We have a new weather station on launch. Use the link located on this page, left column, just above the LZ web cam picture.

Jim Mercadante passed away from complications of COVID on January 10.  He was a long-time SHGA member, though family obligations pulled him away from flying over the past few years.  He would always cheerfully contribute to any project, whether it was building a barbecue (remember our old cinderblock one?) or repairing the road to launch, or driving for a pilot eager to fly.  Jim worked at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, but his top priority was always his nephew Vinny and the rest of his family. We miss him, but know he’s flying with the angels.

A new, 36X camera has replaced the old (20X) camera that was pointed at launch. The old camera is now pointed at the LZ permanently and this is the still shot shown on the front page of our website. However, if you click on this picture, you will also see a live shot of the launch. This live picture can be made to fill the entire screen by clicking on the small square in the lower right corner.

March 4, 2021 8:50 am
Report of a small amount of rain midday. No flights on Wednesday. TODAY......looks good. SE winds aloft between 4 and 6kts by 1pm. Max altitude 5,300ft.

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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.

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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