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Our Flying Community
These folks include SHGA members, past members, drivers, and other members of the Sylmar silent soaring community. If you would like to join this illustrious list, please send a photo, short biography, and your username on the pilot forum (if you have one) to Jim Thompson. If there are errors, or if you would like to modify your appearance here, contact Jim for that as well. Photos in JPEG format are preferred, at least 200 pixels high, without helmet, goggles, or sunglasses if possible.





Z - The 5 Esses (5S) Club
One for remembrance... Actually, it would be great, if someone could take an updated photo of current members of the Sylmar Senior Senile Soaring Society.
Forum name: none


Fabien Agenes
Primo paraglider and hang glider, Fabien enjoys dodging mountain lions and rattlesnakes on the hike to his launch between Dumb and Dumber on the steeps of Locals.
Forum name: none


Chris Ahles
X
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Kenneth Andrews (Ken)
Ken spends every waking minute either flying or working on spacecraft communications research at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. He has been hang gliding since 2000, served as SHGA president in 2005 and 2006, and is the current webmaster.
Forum name: Ken Andrews


Greg Angsten
"I love you guys."
Forum name: gregangsten


Fred Ballard (Fat Fred)
As an instructor, "Fat Fred" has introduced countless hang gliding "wannabes" to life over Kagel. And his nick name has nothing to do with his weight. Just ask him, he'll tell you. Fred is often seen with his trusty driver (and beloved wife) Nancy, scampering up the road to turn around three or four tandem lessons every weekend day.
Forum name: Fat Fred


Donald Banas
Don "Crazy Legs" Banas began flying in late 2004 after meeting Fred Ballard. Fred "ignited" a long dormant longing in Don to try something new... Hang gliding. Don, who believes in "striking while the poker is hot," decided not to wait until his next life to feed the fire. He is readily recognized by his penchant for wearing shorts when everyone else is putting on their fleece underwear.
Forum name: Don


Andrew Beem
"The Flying Goatherd..."
Forum name: beemer


Danny Bickel
X
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Jeff Bjorck (Dr. Jeff)
When Dr. Jeff’s not working as a psychologist or recording piano CDs or raising awareness about global safe water needs, he loves flying at Kagel. His “pepto pink” XS-3 is mocked by many a friendly pilot, but he gets high anyway. With his first solo in 1994, he may hold the record “most time spent not flying” but he keeps paying his club dues!
Forum name: DrJeff


Phill Bloom (Brittlebone)
Our good friend and "most likely to be in the air" on any given day, Phill "Miss Congeniality" Bloom is always ready with kind words of encouragement for his fellow pilots. Kidding aside, he's a winning racer with a bigger heart than he lets on. Anyone could do worse for a mentor and few have his competition experience. Bring home the glory, Phill. Oh, by the way, Kathie is calling on the LZ phone... outta here!
Forum name: filthy


Eric Brown
pending bio
Forum name: ericbrown


Ian Brubaker
X
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Rob Burgis (Bud Rob)
Rob began his flying career on a Rogallo "standard" around 1974, after taking 2 lessons on a yucca covered hill in Acton. After a 9 year hiatus to raise twin boys, Rob returned to flight at Sylmar in 1990, this time on a borrowed glider; his wife has probably never, really forgiven Danny Black for that. Rob's philosophy regarding whacks: "I don't want to see friends or gliders hurt… but, if they're gonna smack-in anyway, I may as well enjoy the show!" Prior to Rob's comeback, he wrecked every glider he ever owned.
Forum name: BudRob


Jeffrey Carlisle (White Wheels)
"Inspector Gadget"
Forum name: jeffrey Carlisle


Tom Casper
He's back!
Forum name: Tom C


Lawrence Chamblee (Flamejob)
When Larry isn't busy being retired, he spends his time running the SHGA. Currently secretary, there may not be an office he hasn't held on the board. One of the few ATOS pilots in the area, "Wingnutz" Chamblee also enjoys long bike rides, hiking with his wife and making improvements to his flight harness.
Forum name: WingNutz


Jeff Chipman (Chip)
Does this guy love flying or what? "Chip" brings the whole clan to the LZ whenever possible. Which is actually a boon to the all denizens of Kagel, since his lovely wife often brings food, while the Chipman boys keep the zone cleared of snakes and other "nasties."
Forum name: Chip


Douglas Clark (Lawndart)
Doug first augured in to Dockweiler Beach in 1977. Some things never change. Making his first solo flight in 1978, "Lawn Dart" has continued to entertain his friends nearly non-stop. Supposedly he got his name from the type of glider he used to fly but we know better. His long, long, long term goal: “…to live as long as Rome.” At the rate he’s going, he may not make it.
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Janyce Collins
X
Forum name: jcflies


Kraig Coomber
Cool! A world class competitor and a nice guy, too. All Moyes equipment owners know that "paging Dr. Coomber" is synonymous with getting expertise from the best.
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David Cutter (Yellow Jacket)
A man of many talents, Dave “Sunshine” Cutter juggled his teaching career with hang gliding contests and just having fun flying in the competitive air above Kagel Mountain. Since retiring from LAUSD, Dave busies himself with piano teaching (a fine performer, too), weather forecasts for club members and baking fine pastries with his wife.
Forum name: dcutter


Peter Del Vecchio
The Red Baron flies again...
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Jim Delear
"Big Days Only..."
Forum name: jdelear


Robb Derringer
"Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem."
Forum name: r8pistol


Tony DeSantis
X
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Jay Devorak
"Yah, Mon, I be de keeper o' da keys..."
Forum name: jdevorak


Jonathan Dietch (NMERider)
Jonathan in a moment of peace and reflection.
Forum name: NME


Noel Dilks
"Pizza Delivery Lady"
Forum name: hcmom


Alvin Fernandez
"You can't touch this..."
Forum name: none


Joe Fresquez, Jr
"The Original" (Well, almost...)
Forum name: FrescaJoe


Joey Fresquez, lll
"too much fun Fresquez..."
Forum name: Joey


Jeremy Friesner
X
Forum name: none


David Froschauer
"Stainless Dave"
Forum name: none


Olin Georgescu
X
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Ron Gray (Ronney)
Ron and his better half.
Forum name: RonG


Joe Greblo
This man has flown every form of unpowered aircraft ever designed. When Joe isn't foiling the latest diabolical threat to our flying existence, he's working hard to keep us existing as individuals. Kind of like herding unruly cats, huh, Joe?
Forum name: greblo


Kristen Greblo (Kris)
"Tank Girl"... Or possibly the Lupine Lady.
Forum name: none


Frank Havermeyer
X
Forum name: Frank


Walter Heatlie (Terry)
Terry? Is this you?
Forum name: TerryH


Robert Heaton (Supine Jim)
"Supine Jim" may be the last of his kind. Few of us remember the days when hang gliding was done in a swing seat but Jim keeps the tradition alive. Ask him about his Seagull V sometime and take a trip in the "way-back" machine to the days when the 1500 was the hub of flying in Southern California.
Forum name: supinejim


Rick Holman
X
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Michael Ivey
"Disappearing Mike"
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Kevin Kader
"Too Cool Kader..."
Forum name: kzadar


Kiana Kang
Dances with eels...
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Ron Keinan (Ronaldo)
"Matzoh Bro 1"
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Greg Kendall
"Big Tujunga"... (like "Big Kahuna")
Forum name: Greg Kendall




Alex Khanoukhov
"Sasha" pending bio
Forum name: purpleglide


Erika Klein
Self-exiled to Washington D.C but back, for now...
Forum name: none


Mike Knapp (Big Mike)
Discount everything his friends say about him and... well, just don't listen to them. "Dr. Psych" loves flying. He loves it even more when he's doing the opposite of what Phill Bloom tells him to do. Everyone is eventually lured to his beautiful home, and often into his beautiful pool. Fortunately, his beautiful wife keeps dry spares in many sizes. Caution: at Mike's, underwear may be hazardous to your pride... and sensitive body parts.
Forum name: Michael Knapp


Erik Larabie
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Aaron Levinson
X
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Ken Manatt
"Asymmetry Man"
Forum name: none


Chad Margolin
"Desert Racer"
Forum name: chadness


Doug Martens
"Pax"
Forum name: dhmartens


Lynn McLaughlin (LynnieMac)
The activities director for many years, Lynn can fly, too but always makes putting on a great show her priority.
Forum name: Lynn McLaughlin


Loren Meck
"Mr. Un-pretentious", Loren didn't apply for his Hang 4 until 2007. That's quite an accomplishment, given that he started flying at Elsinore in 1974 and has multiple cross-country flights from Sylmar. His stated goal: "to fly as long as Rome."
Forum name: Loren


Mario Miralles
Mario has a new-to-him U2 145 imported from Canada.
Forum name: mario


Michel Moacanin
"Guacamole Man"
Forum name: Mike M


Robert Moran (Sponge Bob)
"Sponge Bob", our professional diving buddy, started out flying sometime, somewhere... apparently, he doesn't even know. His first solo took place in Santa Barbara; that much he remembers. Providing sushi-quality sea urchin innards (uni) to Japan allows him to pursue his two passions: "Life and Flying."
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Steve Murillo
"Sensei"
Forum name: Steve90266


Adam Newman
"I only have to fly faster than Richard..."
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Benjamin Oberman
"Bear Divide Benjy" (given by Rob Burgis early in my flying) runs the Film Festival Flix Mountain & Adventure Film Festival. In addition to hang-gliding (and work and family), Benjy is an avid rock and ice climber, whitewater kayaker, and skier.
Forum name: none


Sergey Pavlov
"Wrought Ironman"
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Brandon Peterson
A nice new photo for Brandon. Next? A nice new glider.
Forum name: brandonpeterson


Jrans Petrosian
"Autobots: Transform!"
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Andy Pryciak
"Waiting to fly..."
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William Ramsey (Will)
"Slugman"
Forum name: hgflyboy


Kia Ravanfar
"PG Speed Racer"
Forum name: none


Nancy Robertson
New Activities Director
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Marshall Robin
"Green Ghost"
Forum name: mrobin604


Francisco Sevillano (Cisco)
X
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Tom Shaffer
"Teacher Tom"
Forum name: TomS


James Shaw (Jim)
"Metallurgist" Jim, our gazebo-top, aluminum recycler, launched his flying career in 2001-2002 and rapidly moved up to the "topless" crowd. Always competitive, Jim is quick to jump on to trips to distant sites with XC potential.
Forum name: jimshaw


Richard Shaw
"Damn that Newman..."
Forum name: RichardShaw


Kat Shaw
New Activities Director
Forum name: KatShaw


Julieann Sikora
"Plane Whisperer"
Forum name: Julieann


Malury Silberman
"Lavaman"
Forum name: Malury


Arthur Simoneau
"Pale Rider"
Forum name: none


Glenn Smith (Smitty)
Metal Mania
Forum name: Glenn


George Stebbins
George is a Master-rated pilot who has been flying since the early 1980s. George was SHGA's president in 2003 and 2004. He and his wife, J, are observers, and their daughter Jillian has already appeared in Hang Gliding Magazine. Jillian and her younger brother, Jefferson, would probably be pilots already, if only Moyes made a Litespeed 0.5.
Forum name: stebbins


Joseph Szalai (Hungary Joe)
"Hungary" Joe hails from... where else? Hungary! A champion sailplane pilot, master tug operator, skilled tandem instructor and ultimate hillside scratcher.
Forum name: Cindy


Jim Thompson
Jim thanks everyone for letting him hang out with such a special bunch of people. Jim flew from 1974-78 and returned in 2002.
Forum name: Jim


Cathy Thompson
Jim's favorite driver... And new Activities Director
Forum name: Cathy T


David Van Noppen
"Glass Poet"
Forum name: vannoppen


Erik Viking
Kurt Erik Johns
Forum name: none


Jaromir Wagner (Mad Max)
"Scrambled eggs" aka "Mad Max"
Forum name: max


Frederick Wagner
Freddy began his flying career on Thanksgiving weekend, 2004, after reading about and watching hang gliders since fourth grade. His solo in March, 2005 was actually his second. His first glider flight: an umbrella launched from a tree. His R/C helicopter hobby whet his appetite for air until he discovered Windsports. Freddy's quote: "My Mosquito harness feels like a little-bigger version of my R/C heli -- but this one I can fly in."
Forum name: Frederick


Lisa Wendt
Easily winning the club's lightweight award, Lisa has been seen soaring 8-10 knot winds—sans glider—since 1997. When not flying, Lisa immerses herself in her advertising, communications and design business. Even a pilot's gotta eat, right?
Forum name: lswendt


Bob Wyler (Surfer Bob)
Bob is threatening to make an appearance... when he takes time away from his new passion: GOLF.
Forum name: Surfer Bob


Katherine Yardley
A woman so full of life she's difficult to display in 2D, Katherine is a long-time, accomplished pilot-fixture at the Kagel LZ. Serving as treasurer, she holds the keys to our financial kingdom these last few years.
Forum name: kyardley


Daniel Zehr
X
Forum name: none


Cyndia Zumpft-Klein
"Momfly"
Forum name: Cyndia




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