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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!

Joe and Shilo preparing for competition, 4/28/18   

Coyote Attack
December 7, 2018
This afternoon, a coyote attacked and injured a small dog in the landing zone. The dog was accompanied by other pets and the coyote was chased away by members. Most troubling was that the coyote quickly returned while the members tried to coax the injured pet from under a car. These animals appear to have become more aggressive. Keeping pets close is recommended. The injured pet was treated and expected to recover. This is the second known coyote attack on a small dog.

Towers Launch is Open
November 28, 2018

Towers Launch is open and our lock combination is the same as the Kagel launch. Thanks to Joe Greblo, Ken Andrews and Robb Derringer for doing some initial brush clearing and then being the first to launch. However more brush clearing is needed to make this launch safe for high performance gliders.

Fire danger is extreme. When on launch, please park to keep catalytic converters away from dry brush

December 9, 2018 8:41 am
Report of big and slow but weak thermals with light winds. Highest on Saturday was 5,163ft. TODAY.....more wind. Still NE out back. Winds aloft are SE, between 6 and 8kts before 1pm. After 1pm, NE on launch with increasing velocity. Better to the east with a max altitude of 4,500.

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December 8, 2018
Annual Holiday Party

All SHGA members, their families and friends are encouraged to join the celebration at

The 19th Hole at El Cariso Golf Course
December 8th from 5PM until 11PM.

Invitations via Punchbowl have been sent to all current members with a valid email address.* Please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible as a head count for dinner is required. Appetizer served beginning at 5PM with dinner buffet served from 6PM until 8PM. If not planning to attend for dinner, no reservation is necessary.

Alcoholic and soft drink beverages will be available for purchase at the restaurant bar.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to defray costs ($25/person, suggested) may do so using the PayPal link with a “Holiday Party” comment. If you are experiencing issues with the SHGA Paypal link and wish to make a donation, please feel free to bring your donation to the party where the collection box will be made available.

*If membership is not current or an email address is not part of the SHGA profile or you were inadvertently omitted, R.S.V.P may be sent via private message through the Forum to 'Jim'.

Urban Flying Site
Are you on radio?

We are a flying site on the edge of a major urban area. We've powered air traffic including 3 airports nearby and a victor airway directly overhead.

Additionally, we have a complex visual backdrop, looking for air traffic while on approach to our LZ.

Please monitor and use the standard club radio frequency to announce the presence of powered aircraft, and to announce when you cross the Gavina Street bridge on approach.

Alternate Landing Zones
A great deal of freedom comes from cutting the imaginary tether to the primary LZ and being willing to land out. Along with that freedom comes the responsibility to know the alternate LZs well enough to be safe. In the blue menu bar, the Site Dangers link includes short descriptions, GPS coordinates, and links to maps for eleven choices. Then again, reading about an alternate LZ is no substitute for walking it in person, so these should be considered ideas to encourage exploration. If you’ve landed at all eleven of them, let me know!

Harness preflight
We're all well aware of the need to preflight our gliders, but it's easy to forget that our lives depend on our harnesses as well. Before every flight, it is worth looking over the harness.
• Are the lines straight and untwisted?
• Are the parachute pins fully inserted? They can snag or work loose over time.
• Is there significant wear on any of the lines that go through the carabiner (harness main, parachute bridle, heads-up or knee-hanger lines)?
• Are the buckles and zippers in good condition? It can be exciting if a zipper jams as one's preparing to land.


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