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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!

Joe and Shilo preparing for competition, 4/28/18   

New Dockweiler Beach Flight Record
Aug 20th, 2018

Dockweiler Beach- Bob Kuczewski's record of 103 flights in one day was broken by Josh Laufer last Saturday. Josh made 200 flights in 9 hours and 11 minutes, averaging one flight every 2 minutes and 45 seconds!

On that same day, Andy Beem managed 125 flights in 5 hours and 31 minutes. Congratulations Josh and Andy, and good luck to Bob K. on his next attempt to break this new record!

August 20, 2018 8:00am
Report of a weaker day with a high of 3,947ft on Sunday. TODAY.......fog all the way to the mountains. The fog is not deep and burn off is already happening. Still hazy but with a fuzzier top at the same altitude as yesterday. SW winds aloft between 6 and 10kts. Max altitude 4,300ft.

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September 29, 2018
Dahlsten Cup Party

Time again to bid 'farewell' to the summer flying season. This year's Dahlsten Cup Event is scheduled for Saturday, the 29th of September. Activities will include:

  Off to the races! Task trophies will   be awarded for:
    •Open Class (topless)
    •Sport class (king-posted)

  You have to come down sometime so...
    •Spot landing contest(everyone!)

    •NEW THIS YEAR! A duration contest for H2-signoff pilots flying a Falcon or equivalent aspect ratio, single surface gliders. Scoring is on the honor system for those without a recording instrument; check your watch when you launch and land.

Taco catering will be here!
A Saturn 167 in very good condition goes to the highest bidder. Bidding will start at $600. Information on this model may be viewed here.

8:00 AM Set Up
9:30-10:30 Task Committee Meets/Pilot check-in/GPS registration
10:30 Pilot meeting for all competitors
11:00-12:00 Get up the hill!
12:00PM Launch window for H2 duration pilots opens.
TBA Launch windows for Sport and Open Class (typically, 1:00 – 2:30)
4:00 Spot landing competition window closes
4:00 Food Service begins!
5:00 Duration comp window closes
5:15 New Pilot introductions.
5:30 Awards Presentation

Please! Your help is needed.
• Any number of volunteers to help with setup.
• Non-flying volunteers to manage the following:
   - One-two people to measure and record distances for the spot landing contest.
   - One-Two people to monitor parking at the entrance and direct traffic, as necessary.
   - One person to maintain and restock bathroom necessities.
• Any number of volunteers to help breakdown.

Please notify the Activities Directors to take on one of these jobs or to offer assistance with other items that are sure to come up.

October 5,2018
Big Sur Trip

Windsports is hosting a camping and flying trip to beautiful Big Sur, planned for Friday, October 5th through Sunday, Oct. 7th. Participation is by reservation only; 40 spots are available, inclusive of pilots and their guests. Early arrival camping may be possible from the 2nd-5th. Pilots must hold an H3 and above, H2 rating and clearance from Windsports with supervision/a lesson from instructors will also work.

• Cost: 15.00 dollars per night per person
• We will be carpooling from the Sylmar landing zone up to   Big Sur - a link for those who have signed up will be   coming to sign up for a vehicle.
• A simple lunch in the LZ will be provided Saturday and   Sunday.
• This is a camping trip, so please bring a tent and supplies.
• A LIMITED number of spots are available for RVs or trailers,   please let us know if you wish to bring one.
• Meals other than lunch on Saturday and Sunday will not be   provided, please bring food and supplies.
• All vehicles will need to park in overflow parking ($10 a   day) which is limited, so we will be trying to bring as few   vehicles as possible and still get everyone up!
• Rides up to launch will be $20 per rider (which will go to   the owner of the vehicle/driver).

To reserve a spot register here (each person attending must register individually). Please register to bring your car here.

If you are a Hang 2 and wish to go on this trip, please email Windsports (fly@Windsports.com) for details and permission.

Contact Windsports by email (Windsportsmedia@gmail.com) with Big Sur in the subject line with any questions .

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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