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Welcome
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!

Chloe Burgis learning to fly, with Baby Lamb as copilot, 6/21/2020   



New Club Members
May 11, 2022

Welcome to new members, Max Mansouri and Jennifer Mader! We're happy to have you in the club!





May 25, 2022 9:40 am
No reports for Wednesday. TODAY......windier. Looks like a low day if it's soarable at all. The haze is just as thick but well defined now. Another even stronger onshore late in the afternoon. Winds aloft are SE between 10 and 14kts by 2pm. Max altitude of 4,000ft.

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May 7, 2022
Spring Air Festival
The Spring Air Competition was a great time! Lots of pilots and spectators turned out and some great food was served up by Wolf and Steve Murillo.

Results as follows:

Open Class Results:

First - Ken Andrews
Second - Vrezh Tumanyan
Third - Jay Devorak

Sport Class:

First - Rick Warner
Second - Greg Angsten
Third - Mike Ivey

Spot Landing:

First - Josh Laufer (on a tandem)
Second - Andy Beem (on a tandem)
Third - Greg Angsten

Air Hog Award: - Chad Margolin (stayed up the longest time). Staying up well over 3 hours!

Special thanks to Steve Murillo for organizing this event!





Pedaling
In the air, a pilot may free his legs from his harness and act like he’s pedaling a bicycle. This is an emergency signal to other pilots to land immediately, and can be used when ham radio communication is not available. Competition pilots will use this to signal when a task is cancelled due to threatening weather. It is also appropriate if pilots need to clear the air for a helicopter rescue, or if a nearby forest fire results in aerial firefighting activity.

Cloud suck
Here are three signs of potential trouble:
• Widespread cloud cover overhead
• Large areas of strong, smooth lift
• Dark clouds with flat bottoms in the area
Any one of these calls for an active awareness of the conditions and how they are changing over time. Any two calls for immediate evasive action, such as getting away from the lift, or maintaining at least a 1:1 glide UP to clear blue sky past the edge of a cloud. All three are a dire emergency, and one must use any means possible to escape, ignoring niceties like restricted airspace and safe landing areas.

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.



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