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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!   

Latest News
November 28, 2022

SHGA Elections are open until December 3. Voting is by electronic, as explained by email sent to all members on November 18.

The elected USHPA board members are Nick Greece, Charles Allen, Stephan Mentler, and Tiki Mashy. They will join Julia Knowles, Steve Pearson, Melissa Milled, Pamela Kinnaird, and two others to be appointed in January, 2023.

December 6, 2022 9:37am
Report of a 66% good day. 3 PG's launched about 3pm and got to 4,330ft. It could have been higher if it wasn't so cold. TODAY......flyable and soarable again. The altitude is higher but it's colder. Cloudbase just under 5K by 1pm and dropping through the afternoon. Base looks to stay above launch with a 50$ chc of rain by late afternoon. SW winds aloft between 4 and 6kts by 1pm. Max altitude 5,000ft.

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December 3, 2022
Holiday Party
All SHGA members, their families and friends are welcome to join the celebration at Rob and Janyce's house on Saturday, December 3. It will begin somewhere around 4 PM, so that people can fly first, weather permitting. Their house is at 13546 Mindora Avenue, off of Lazard St. and about two blocks from the LZ. The event will be potluck, and Steve Murillo has set up a Google sheet to reduce the amount of luck involved here. You can edit that sheet to let people know what you'll be bringing.

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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