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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   

Santa Cruz Flats
September 22, 2018

Santa Cruz Flats results are in. The winners are the usual suspects: Robin Hamilton, Oliver Chitty, Jonny Durand, Zac Majors, and Dustin Martin claimed the first five places. Phill Bloom finished 7th, with an excellent first day, and real dedication on the last day with a second tow after the lead gaggle was already on course. Greg Kendall finished 15th, with a good first day and consistency throughout. Jeff Chipman finished 22nd, and Kevin Kernohan 29th. Congratulations, all! Scores and tracklogs are here.

Flight schools for sale. Per the Oz Report, Rob and Dianne McKenzie are selling their house and flight school in San Bernardino between now and January 1. If aerotowing is more your thing, Quest Air is also for sale in Florida, though its operations will continue as normal until further notice.

September 24, 2018 9:00am
Report of 4,650ft. on Sunday. TODAY.......more lower. Less wind though. SSW winds aloft between 2 and 4kts. Max altitude of 4,000ft.

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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 good condition goes to the highest bidder. Bidding will start at $500. A test flight review by Rob Burgis 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 .

Harness preflight
We're all well aware of the need to preflight our gliders, but it's easy to forget that our lives depend on our harnesses as well. Before every flight, it is worth looking over the harness.
• Are the lines straight and untwisted?
• Are the parachute pins fully inserted? They can snag or work loose over time.
• Is there significant wear on any of the lines that go through the carabiner (harness main, parachute bridle, heads-up or knee-hanger lines)?
• Are the buckles and zippers in good condition? It can be exciting if a zipper jams as one's preparing to land.

Wire crews
One of the responsibilities of a pilot is to manage his (or her) wire crew. This includes giving clear instructions about what the pilot will ask for, and what the crew members are expected to do. The pilot must also be prepared, no matter what the wire crew actually does. Sometimes a crew member will fail to clear the wing completely, or give instructions rather than taking them, or conversely, save a pilot from his own mistakes.

It should also go without saying that we are grateful for our wire crews, and one should always be courteous and appreciative of these volunteers.

Preflight upgrades
Moving up to a new high-performance glider? It's time to upgrade the preflight as well!

Most of us develop our preflight routine based on a single-surface glider such as a Falcon. When moving up in performance, one may be adding a nose cone, or a VG string, or sprog zippers, or a "dingle-dangle" hang point. I think pilots are particularly likely to overlook those items in their preflights, because they weren't part of the initial routine that they learned.


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