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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!

Gidget and Olive ready to go hang gliding!   

LZ BBQs, etc.
Nov. 20, 2023
Everyone has been enjoying the post-flying BBQs that Wolf has been doing and everyone wants them to continue. However, the donation jar has been getting emptier every week for awhile now and unless that changes, these happy little affairs are going to end. If you have food after flying, don't be a cheapskate, drop at least 5 bucks into that jar!

Farewell party for Josh Laufer and Alicia

Josh and Alicia will be leaving LA for Oklahoma City and all members are invited to a farewell party in the pavilion December 16th. from ~2 to 5PM. Pizza and drinks will be provided so be there to wish them well.

December 5, 2023 8:56am
Report of no flights on Monday. Early afternoon the wind was light down on top and light up in the LZ. TODAY.....looks good. Very clear with offshore flow. Winds are forecast to switch S by afternoon. Both TAF's are non committal but the soarcasts are go. There's a monster ground inversion which probably too low to interfere. Winds aloft are SE between 4 and 8kts by 1pm. Max altitude 6,500ft.

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November 7, 2023
Jim Heaton

Jim Heaton has passed away this morning at 10:05 AM EST. Cludy Glom will be organizing a memorial service, to be held at the LZ in the near future.

December 9, 2023
Holiday Party

The holiday party will be on December 9th, from after flying until 10 PM, at Rob & Janyce's house. Phill and the Blanks MAY make a surprise appearance. Pot Luck as always.

Urban Flying Site
Are you on radio?

We are a flying site on the edge of a major urban area. We've powered air traffic including 3 airports nearby and a victor airway directly overhead.

Additionally, we have a complex visual backdrop, looking for air traffic while on approach to our LZ.

Please monitor and use the standard club radio frequency to announce the presence of powered aircraft, and to announce when you cross the Gavina Street bridge on approach.

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.


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