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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!

Backside after Sand Fire - Greg Kendall   

Aug 12, 2016

Club meeting for August will be held at 10 am Saturday morning 8/13/16. All members are welcome to attend.

The Sand Fire has burned right up to the back side of our launch but did NOT burn our launch or the front side of our mountain.

Unfortunately it did burn 5 houses belonging to Forest Service employees in Bear Divide. The club is donating $1000 to help them. So if you were thinking about making a tax deductible donation to our club, now would be a good time to do it.

August 31, 2016 9:16am
Report of no flights on Tuesday. TODAY.......much weaker ceiling. Winds aloft are S, 6 to 8kts. Blip altitude down to 6K with the rasp at 4 to 5K. Slightly cooler with a max altitude of 5,000ft. Cutter or call (626) 260-1615.

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September 10, 2016
September Birthdays
We will celebrate the September member birthdays on Saturday the 10th after flying. Menu to be determined but SHGA After Dark has scheduled Hail Caesar! for the movie to follow eats. Don't forget your blankets!

September 23, 2016
Windsports Big Sur Trip
The Big Sur trip, sponsored by Windsports, is planned for September 23-25. See Events for details.

October 1 ,2016
Dahlsten Cup Fly-In
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Dalhsten Cup Event is now, tentatively, scheduled for Saturday the 1st of October. More to follow.

Decmber 10,2016
Holiday Party
We want everyone to have a chance to plan and attend so, a little advance notice:
This year's holiday event will be held on Saturday Evening, December 10th.
Please mark your calendar!

But are you really? Some pilots are so intent on launching that they fail to give their wire crew time to get out of the way, and run them over. Not only is this bad manners; it also leads to dangerous launches if a side wire or wingtip isn’t really clear.

One solution is good communication. Before launching, the pilot and wire crew should agree on a protocol. Typically, the pilot will call “clear!”, wait for the wire crew to reply that they are clear, and then launch. Another solution is to look. When the pilot believes he is clear, he can look both left and right, to be sure that both wings are in fact clear. Personally, I believe in doing both. If the launch conditions are so challenging that one cannot spare that much time and attention, then one probably shouldn’t be launching in the first place.


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