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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.

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


June 24, 2015

Rim of the Valley special resources study: The National Park Service is studying a proposed expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include land around the San Gabriel Mountains. Two of the alternatives include the SHGA flight park and much of our usual flying territory within their boundaries. There is the possibility that new NPS regulations could affect our flying, so the BoD has been researching the issue and will submit a public comment before the June 30 deadline. We are working with USHPA to get support from our national organization as well. Lots more information is available here.

July 4, 2015 8:03am
Report of a nice low day for some on Friday. 4,358ft with a 3rd hand report of 4,691 late in the day. TODAY......blip dips below 4,300ft. Onshore surface grads are much weaker so less in the gusty wind dept. Looks to be blue with a max altitude of 4,300ft. Cutter or call (626) 260-1615

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July 11, 2015
Lecture by Mike Meier and Movie
After flying on Saturday, about 7:30, Mike Meier will speak about "Hang Glider Airworthiness Safety and the Provisions Hang Glider Manufacturers Make in the Gliders They Build". Mike is the president of the Hang Glider Manufacturer's Association (HGMA), and of Wills Wing Hang Gliders.

At about 8:30, there will be a movie in the LZ! It will be "Birth of a Legend" from 1995, starring Richard Dean Anderson and John DeLancie, and runs about an hour.

For more information, see the pilot forum.

Thermalling with style
Summertime at Kagel can mean that there are more pilots turning close together in the same thermals. We all know the basic rules: when joining another glider in a thermal, match its turn direction; and the lower glider has the right of way. Refinements to those may be less obvious.

Fly to be seen. Turning circles directly above another glider, the same direction of course, is within the rules, but is irksome to the lower pilot. If he's alert, he knows you're there, but he can't see you. It's better to stay 180 degrees opposite, so he can see you and not have to wonder where you are.

Be predictable. Reversing turn direction more often than necessary, or wandering in and out of a thermal just confuses everybody. Everyone climbs slower if they're trying to guess what the other pilots are going to do.

Plan a thermal ahead. While on glide, the best pilots already know where their next thermal is likely to be, who is in that thermal already (or will be by the time they arrive), and which direction those gliders are turning. This way, they can plan their arrival to mesh smoothly with the other pilots.


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