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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   

Thanks, and Election Results
December 17th, 2018

Thank you Susan Hannon for putting in many hours pulling weeds out of our runway and lawn area. It was much needed and is much appreciated!

The 2019 SHGA Board of Directors election results are in:
President: Rob Burgis
Vice President: Marshall Robin
Secretary: Larry Chamblee
Treasurer: Katherine Yardley
Safety: Mike Ivey
Activities: Kevin Kernohan
Directors at Large: Greg Angsten, Janyce Collins, Frederick Wagner
Congratulations and thanks to all!

The 2019 USHPA elections are also complete. Larry Chamblee will join the board, bringing SHGA representation to three. Ken Andrews serves as secretary, and Erika Klein is employed as the USHPA Communications Manager.

December 17, 2018 6:54 am
Report of most pilots sledding on Sunday. A couple soaring flights with the highest being 3,600ft. TODAY.....better. Prefrontal with S winds aloft between 4 and 8kts. Cloudbase starts out at 3,600ft and drops below launch sometime after 2pm. Max altitude 4,000ft.

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December 8, 2018
Annual Holiday Party

Thanks to all who were able to attend the holiday party and, to those who were unable to join us, know that you were missed. Photos, good and bad, are available here.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and anticipating a great New Year of flying with friends!

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!

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.


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