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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!

Kagel launch, Andrea Margolin, 2011   

Welcome to 4 New Members!
August 7, 2019

Welcome Evan Brooks, Marc Plate, Juan Guzman, and Kristen Zuraski! Photos will be coming soon!

Our club is in the process of adding additional concrete on the grass side of the A and B storage boxes, and to the grass side of the bathrooms as well. The grass has been removed and the surface is rocky and uneven. Please use care when walking through the construction area!

Dates are official! The annual Big Sur camping and hang gliding trip is happening the weekend of September 20th - 22nd. In order to fly pilots must hold a H3 or higher, or H2s with special clearance and supervision from Windsports. The campsite is available starting the 17th for those who wish to go early. This is a family friendly trip, but spots are limited, so sign up quick! We will be camping at Plaskett Creek right across from the landing zone and the ocean. Sign up for a spot at the campsite and if you are going to be bringing a vehicle.

August 16, 2019 8:27am
Report of a nice day on Thursday. Launching at 4pm, a couple pilots broke through 5K. TODAY.....not as nice. More humidty, a stronger inversion, with a double and lots of haze. SSW winds aloft between 6 and 8kts. Max altitude 4,500ft.

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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.

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.

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.


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