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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!

New Utility Sink
February 17, 2018

Many thanks to Richard Shaw who completed the installation of the new sink between the bathrooms and the storage. It looks fantastic! Don't be alarmed that the hot water doesn't work; it is connected but shut off to conserve for hand washing in the bathrooms. It can be turned on for use during events or as needed.

Daly Property Trespass Borders
February 12, 2018

No trespassing has been requested by the Daly family, who owns a large section of property above and to the east of the Santiago Estates, and borders the bottom of trash mountain. Please do not hike in this area. It appears that our hike to launch is well outside of this property and the "bench loop" return path runs along the western border, which appears to be Lime Kiln Canyon. If you need to enter this property for any reason the owners want to be contacted. See Joe Greblo for that phone number if that need arises.

February 19, 2018 8:58am
Reports of a windy day on Sunday. Most pilots didn't set up but one launched and got to a high of 5,026ft. TODAY.....blowing down. On the hard side. NW with 26 to 30kts on launch.

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March 10, 2018
The weather has been uncooperative but, hopefully, we will get started with this year's birthday celebrations starting next month. We'll fire up the grill and heat up some chili on March 10th to honor our pilots born January, February and March.

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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