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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.

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

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Cindy Benti's topless car has a kingpost! Large photo.   

October 20, 2014

Nominations: It's time to think about nominations for next year's board of directors. You may nominate yourself or another member who you think should be on the board of directors. Nominations may be emailed to the board at or to any board member, or submitted on paper using the nomination form. Descriptions of the offices are available here, and the current board members would be happy to answer any questions. Nominees will be contacted to insure that they are willing and able, and election ballots will be mailed out to members in November.

October 20, 2014 8:37am
Reports of a typical day on Sunday. Highest was 4,400ft with a 3rd hand report of 4,500ft. TODAY....somewhat prefrontal. Cold front expected to pass through the region. Mid level clouds (broken at 15K) after the low clouds burn off. SW winds look light on the computer but would expect them to increase in velocity. Altitudes look lower and the inversion has become much stronger. Max altitude 4,000ft. Cutter or call (626) 260-1615

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October 20, 2014
SHGA Holiday Party

November 29, 6-10PM
Check it out here.

We must get a head count, so RSVP ASAP to Greg Angsten or Lynn McLaughlin and tell us how many will attend.

Keep Your Head on a Swivel!
As all of us know, flying the Kagel Ridge can be very challenging when multiple pilots are in the air. Your head MUST be out of the cockpit at all times. Clear turns always, and be aware of your fellow pilots in terms of location, direction, intention, and skill level.

Never demand airspace from another pilot simply because you believe you have "right of way". The other pilot may not be aware of your presence, or simply may not agree with your ideas on "rules of the road". Never hesitate to abandon your line if you feel it is unsafe, or about to become so.

Bottom line, keep your head on a swivel when you are up in the air, whether you are flying the Kagel ridge or the big skies of the Owens Valley. You never know when someone or something might be headed your way!


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