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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   

Monthly Board of Director's Meeting
June 7, 2019

June BOD meeting Saturday 6/8 at 10 am. All members are welcome to join.

There is now a permanently mounted telescope and drinking fountain in the LZ. Please see forum (general) for pictures and more detail.

A bit late but here are the Spring Air Competition results:

Open Class
1st place - Jeff Chipman
2nd place - Rob Burgis
3rd place - Andy Pryciak

Sport Class
1st place - Greg Angsten
2nd place - Jeff Odle
3rd place - Sue Sen

Spot Landing
1st place - Janyce Collins
2nd place - Bruce Barmakian
3rd place - David Van Noppen

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June 15, 2019 7:38 am
Report of another hazy day. Friday's high was 4,130ft. TODAY.......that darn inversion. Higher and stronger inversion looks to really interfere with the altitude. The fog is a bit higher and deeper inland this morning. Van Nuys TAF still forecasting a similar burnoff to yesterday. Better chc the fog doesn't burn at all. SW winds aloft between 4 and 6kts. No high clouds in the forecast. Max altitude 3,800ft.

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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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