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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.   



Headlines
Sept 17, 2017

The Dahlsten Cup was a great party, with a large turn-out, visiting pilots from Crestline and the Bay area, good food, and lots of flying.
Open Class winners
1. Will Ramsey
2. Zac Majors
3. Jim Thompson
Greg Angsten got dunked a few times, and Zac won the auction of a Falcon1-170 and storage tube. Thanks, all!

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




September 22, 2017 8:52am
Report of no flights on Thursday. TODAY.......no inversion at all. No clouds forecast for this afternoon either. Expecting launchable conditions at the right time and increasingly SW through the afternoon. Light NW winds aloft above 5,400ft. SSW below that between 4 to 8kts. Max altitude 7,700ft. I will be away this weekend until Monday morning.

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September 23, 2017
Party for WingNutz!

Larry's wife, Kim Winick, invites everyone to a celebration for Larry Chamblee's
Birthday
, next Saturday at 5PM. Our well-preserved (and loved) elder statesman is turning 75!

No gifts, please, but Larry reputedly loves greeting cards. Pizza, salad and dessert will be served in the LZ.



September 30, 2017
Cub Scouts Movie Night
A local Cub Scout troop (grades 1-5) will be holding their fund-raiser, a movie night featuring the latest version of The Jungle Book on Saturday night, the 30th of Sept., in the LZ. Mostly Scout families are expected but the event is open to all pilots and friends. A nominal donation ($2-3) is requested and popcorn/candy will be available for sale.

September 17, 2017
Dahlsten Round Up and Meet Results
The weather gods smiled on the Dahlsten again this year with mild temperatures, manageable winds and enough altitude to make the Kagel range from Lance's to West Towers a safe course. Many of our regular pilots and friends showed up for our end-of-summer party, made even more special thanks to the participation of comrades from Crestline and the Bay area.

And deepest appreciation to Richard Shaw and all who helped with the completion of the bathrooms, both of which were in operation for the event.

Our gratitude to all who helped with the set up and breakdown and a huge shout out to Jeff Chipman for doing his usual superb job of scoring the competitions. Thanks, also, to all the volunteers who helped judge the spot landing and Golden Dart awards and special thanks to Greg Angsten for braving the dunk tank for far more than his share of the festivities.

The results:

Golden Dart Award (for most entertaining landing)

Dave van Noppen

Spot Landing
1st Place Erika Klein
2nd Place Arthur Simoneau
3rd Place Kevin Kader

Sport Class Race to Goal
1st Place Marshall Robin
2nd Place Dave Aldrich
3rd Place Mike Ivey

Open Class race to Goal
1st Place Will Ramsey
2nd Place Zach Majors
3rd Place Jim Thompson


Happy Fall and watch here for the next birthdays celebration some time in October.


Upcoming events
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 Windsports Big Sur trip.

Please be advised, all spaces for the Big Sur trip have been filled. Pilots showing up without a reservation cannot expect to be accommodated.






Wheels
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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