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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 to .

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

Dahlsten Cup winners Ron Keinan (center), Greg Kendall (left), and Jim Thompson (right). Photo by Christa Percival   

November 19, 2015

Rome Dodson passed away from illness on Wednesday, November 18. He has been a cornerstone of SHGA since before there was an SHGA, and he was always ready with a helping hand, and a wacky idea, for everyone. If he wasn't flying or driving, he was coercing people to work on the road to launch, or coordinating our aerial arson crime-watch program, or trucking in wood chips, or scattering poppy seeds, or just being an all-around good guy.

The Towers launch is open again to hang 4s, but please look here first.

Joe Greblo has been working with the LA County Fire Department, Air Operations Division, to explain our flight habits and what we do to share the airspace with Camp 9. To see how we're portrayed, and for a bunch of great flying photos, see the presentation here. Of course we must now be diligent in living up to our promises.

November 25, 2015 9:09am
Report of breezy with no flights on Tuesday. TODAY........cold and windy. Postfrontal with west to northwest winds on the blown out side. Altitude in the 7K range. I will be away til Sat morning. Reports: Email Cutter or call (626) 260-1615

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December 5, 2015
Holiday Party

Mark your calendars! This year's holiday party will be at Pinz Bowling Center from 7-10 PM on December 5. It's a rare opportunity to compete against your flying buddies, with no need for a parachute, and even the helmet is optional.

We need a head count, so PLEASE RSVP yea or nay to Greg Angsten or Lynn McLaughlin ASAP! (You can submit your response by simply replying to the E-blast.)

Landing: What Matters Most?
Answer: how you hit the ground.
OK, so what's second most important?

The final leg of the approach sets up how you'll hit the ground. Consider that everything leading up to the final -- including LZ inspection, runway selection, staging, downwind leg, base leg -- can be custom designed to set up an ideal final for an ideal touch-down in the conditions. Are you noticing the crab angle of your glider on downwind and base legs? Are you adjusting the length of your base leg while on downwind for sink/lift/wind encountered, to still arrive at the top of an ideal final leg? Each leg of an approach increases in importance, because the options naturally reduce.

Everything in service to an ideal Final, which is in service to an ideal touch-down.


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