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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!

April 16, 2018

The emergency LZ near Hungary Joes place, north of the Glen Haven Cemetery, is no longer available. Several chain-link fences were built across this field in early April. If you land in another field near here, please let Ken Andrews know; any reports about alternatives would be helpful.

Brush clearance needs to be complete by April 30. If you're in the area and have a little energy, bring a pair of gloves and your favorite weed-whacking tools, and lend a hand. Thanks.

April 18, 2018 6:43am
Report of blowing down all day. No flights on Tuesday. TODAY.....flyable. SSW winds aloft between 10 and 14kts. Broken clouds at 20K. Max altitude 4,500ft.

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April 21, 2018
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training
Ma & Paw Kennel - Canine Training Services is providing a class in the wash next to our landing zone.

Visit www.MAnPAW.com for details and to sign up your favorite buddy for this great safety program. Refreshments will be provided by SHGA.

April 28, 2018
Spring Air Festival
After a winter of too few flying days, we will shake the cobwebs off our wings with our traditional gathering of friends to celebrate the turn of weather.

Saturday begins early to set up and plan for the competitions - Spot Landing, Sport and Open Class races - to be followed by a barbecue and the awards.

Join us for a great day of flying and food.

The Schedule:
8AM Set up
9 AM - Competition Task Committee Meets

09:30 Tasks posted, instrument registration and set up
10:00 Pilot meeting for all competitors
10:30 11:30 Leave for launch
TBA 1PM-2:30PM Competition Window Opens
4:00 Spot Landing Contest and Golden Dart Window Closes*, Barbecue begins
5:30 Awards Ceremony
6:00 Clean Up
At Dusk - Bring out your chairs and blankets: SHGA After Dark Returns, presenting Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle

Volunteers to judge landings, help set up and break down are greatly appreciated.

* Because judges gotta eat, too.

Avoiding a mid-air collision
It takes two pilots to have a mid-air collision, and one alert pilot can virtually always avoid disaster even when the error primarily lies with the other.

We're taught to clear our turns. What if the other pilot doesn't? Keep an eye out for nearby gliders, and have an escape plan if they do something unexpected.

What if the other pilot enters your thermal improperly? He'll sidle in from the outside, so if you're watching to the outside of your turn as well as the inside, you can dive away.

How about that pilot directly above in the same thermal, who hangs out in your blind spot and fails to yield to your right of way? Often, the shadows on the ground will reveal the situation.

Landing out
Landing away from a familiar LZ is one of the most challenging things we do as hang glider pilots. Practice is hugely valuable, and if the ability to land out is important to your flying style, then it's worth intentionally doing so on occasion.

Walking the most likely bail-out LZs is another great way to reduce risk. Here in Sylmar, our bail-out LZs change continually as the forces of wilderness and urbanization battle against each other along the foot of the mountains. While there are descriptions here, it is worth visiting them in person every now and again.

There are lots of reasons not to fly with wheels. First, they cause drag. When flying in a competition against other pilots on equally fast gliders and of similar skill, then leave the wheels at home. Likewise, skip the Go-Pro camera, and make sure there aren't any wrinkles in your racing harness.

Wheels are also expensive; they cost as much as a downtube or two. For those who have never bent a downtube or scratched up a carbon fiber basetube, wheels are superfluous.

Wheels can also be problematic on a few launches; for example, they're discouraged at Yosemite. Then again, on rare occasion, one will observe a nearly-blown launch saved by wheels.

Aside from those special situations (competition flying, abject poverty, or Yosemite), consider flying with wheels. They really do reduce injuries, damage to gliders, and long-term cost.


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