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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 to .

Pilots and non-pilots are welcome to enjoy our flight park year 'round! Fly high, fly far, fly safe!

It's gotta fit! Dahlsten Cup, 2017.   



TFR at Mount Wilson
October 18, 2017
There eis a TFR with a four mile radius around Mount Wilson, following the forest fire there on Tuesday, October 17. For more information, see the FAA's TFR map.


Nominations Are Open!
October 20, 2017
Please submit your nominees for any position on the 2018 Board of Directors by email or in person to any current board member. All nominees will be confirmed as candidates and election materials distributed after the November board meeting.

Towers Launch remains closed following the Sand Fire, and the Forest Service will keep it that way until at least April 28, 2018.




October 19, 2017 8:28am
Report of bumpy air and tougher to find the thermals on Wednesday. Highest was 5,496ft. TODAY.......prefrontal. A weak front is passing through and soarcasts indicate WNW after 11am. Light in velocity between 8 and 10kts. Launchable cycles look less likely today. I will be away until Tuesday morning next week.

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November 11, 2017
August, September, October, November, December Birthdays
The Birthdays party is now scheduled for Saturday, November 11th, weather permitting. Food and fun with your friends are planned.

December 9, 2017
Holiday Party
All SHGA members, their families and friends are welcome to join the celebration at The 19th Hole at El Cariso Golf Course on December 9th from 5PM until 11PM.

The buffet menu includes:
• Beef tri-tip with horse radish sauce
• Chicken with wine sauce
• Vegetarian pasta
• Roasted rosemary potatoes (vegan)
• Steamed vegetables (vegan)
• Desserts
• Complimentary lemonade and coffee

Alcoholic and soft drink beverages will be available for purchase at the restaurant bar.

The restaurant requires a head count this year so please reserve your seat(s) by email to this link with the number in your party by November 15th. Seating will be limited to the number of advanced reservations received!

Those wishing to make a donation to defray costs ($20/person, suggested) may do so using the PayPal link with a “Holiday Party” comment but must reserve using email.
Note: if the email link fails, send a message to Jim Thompson from the Members section.






Airspeed is What You Need
How much airspeed do you need for the roll control you want when flying close to fixed objects? How much do you need for the insulation against stalling that you want then?

Launching a glider is essentially a process of increasing airspeed. Consider that it's not a number of steps, or how fast, and read the Airspeed is What You Need post in the Safety Forum. Some conditions, some locations, need more.



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