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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!

Kagel launch, Andrea Margolin, 2011   

March 19th, 2019

First Solo Today! Congratulations to Jay Dimter!!

Welcome Scott Schoenfeld! (See Member Photos)

The road to launch has taken a beating with the latest round of rains. Please consider TAKING A FEW SANDBAGS up with you and filling some of the deeper ruts. Ask Jay for the sandbags and double them as they are old and tear easily. You can fill them with sand from the wash or with dirt/sand near the area you intend to place them.

Our tractor will be utilized to repair the road but we want to hold off until the rain season is mostly over so we don't have to do it twice.

Funding for the Big Sur Road Restoration Project has ground to a halt, just a couple thousand dollars short of the goal. If you’ve ever flown Big Sur or wish to, and you haven’t made a small donation already, we hope that you will. It would be nice to meet the goal and celebrate with a fly-in up there this summer.

You can donate at the GoFundMe site here.

March 23, 2019 8:00 am
Report of one paraglider flight in smooth air on Friday. Up to 4,700ft but pulled out to stay out of the clouds at 5,200ft. TODAY....flyable. Forecast is for mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy. WSW winds aloft between 8 and 10kts becoming SW and picking up velocity a bit. Max altitude 4,500ft.

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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.

Wire crews
One of the responsibilities of a pilot is to manage his (or her) wire crew. This includes giving clear instructions about what the pilot will ask for, and what the crew members are expected to do. The pilot must also be prepared, no matter what the wire crew actually does. Sometimes a crew member will fail to clear the wing completely, or give instructions rather than taking them, or conversely, save a pilot from his own mistakes.

It should also go without saying that we are grateful for our wire crews, and one should always be courteous and appreciative of these volunteers.

Preflight upgrades
Moving up to a new high-performance glider? It's time to upgrade the preflight as well!

Most of us develop our preflight routine based on a single-surface glider such as a Falcon. When moving up in performance, one may be adding a nose cone, or a VG string, or sprog zippers, or a "dingle-dangle" hang point. I think pilots are particularly likely to overlook those items in their preflights, because they weren't part of the initial routine that they learned.


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