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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!

Prayers and thoughts for Ron Keinan   

Towers Launch
Nov 13th, 2016

Thanks to all who worked on digging out the trench that supplies water to the bathroom. That dirt was as hard as the asphalt itself and the work was tough! But before long there were MANY people swinging picks, digging with shovels and sweeping dirt from the asphalt. It looked like a chain gang out there for a while. We had to stop before completion to allow people to fly before they dropped from overexertion. But the good news is there isn't much left to dig. Thanks again!

The new bathrooms have arrived! But there is still much to do before they are functional. We still need: hook ups for water, sewer and electrical, installation of fixtures, tile on floors and walls, and a few other things. But the end is now in sight.

Towers Launch remains closed and the Forest Service wants to keep it closed until next spring at the earliest.

USHPA elections are open until December 15. All current USHPA members should have received voting instructions in the mail, including a unique voter key. There are three Regional Directors from our area. Alan Crouse and Ken Andrews remain in office for a second year; the two candidates for the open position are Dan DeWeese and Chris Grantham.

December 10, 2016 8:51am
No reports for Friday. TODAY......blowing down again. A light WNW by midday. Since we are prefrontal, perhaps there will be some launch windows but it may get blown out by afternoon. I think the rain forecast is unlikely.. Max altitude 4,400ft.

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December 10, 2016
The SHGA Holiday Party Is ON!

This year's holiday event will be held on Saturday Evening, December 10th, from 5PM until Midnight, at the 19th Hole Restaurant on the grounds of the El Cariso Golf Course..

• Everyone is welcome to attend! Find a map from the LZ or the 118 Freeway here.

• Reservations for dinner are now closed but a few spots have been held so, if you would like to have dinner, you may make your suggested $20/person donation at the door. The buffet style offerings include vegetable lasagna, beef brisket, pulled pork and side dishes.

• A full bar is available to purchase alcoholic beverages.

• Weather permitting, a putting contest will be held on one of the practice greens.

19th Hole restaurant policy does not allow outside food or beverages of any kind.

Landing conflicts
Here are few suggestions to avoid landing conflicts.

• It is good practice to stay north of the Gavina Street bridge until ready to land. After crossing the bridge, one should commit to landing promptly. This is very visible to other pilots, and promotes good communication.

• Look carefully for other low pilots, keep track of them, and do your part to space out vertically to establish an unambiguous landing order.

• Paragliders: Downwind-base-final approaches are essential in Sylmar. Paragliders tend to circle down at the end of the runway, but that blocks hang gliders from making their landings.

• Be prepared to use alternative landing options if necessary. If another glider is in the way, one can land short, or long, or side by side, or down in the wash.


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