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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!

It's gotta fit! Dahlsten Cup, 2017.   

TFR at Mount Wilson
October 18, 2017
There eis a TFR with a four mile radius around Mount Wilson, following the forest fire there on Tuesday, October 17. For more information, see the FAA's TFR map.

Nominations Are Open!
October 20, 2017
Please submit your nominees for any position on the 2018 Board of Directors by email or in person to any current board member. All nominees will be confirmed as candidates and election materials distributed after the November board meeting.

Towers Launch remains closed following the Sand Fire, and the Forest Service will keep it that way until at least April 28, 2018.

October 19, 2017 8:28am
Report of bumpy air and tougher to find the thermals on Wednesday. Highest was 5,496ft. TODAY.......prefrontal. A weak front is passing through and soarcasts indicate WNW after 11am. Light in velocity between 8 and 10kts. Launchable cycles look less likely today. I will be away until Tuesday morning next week.

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October 14, 2017
POSTPONED! August, September, October, November, December Birthdays
Saturday prediction is for strong winds from the NE so we'll watch the weather and announce a new date soon.
Thank you for your patience.

December 9, 2017
Holiday Party
All SHGA members, their families and friends are welcome to join the celebration at The 19th Hole at El Cariso Golf Course on December 9th from 5PM until 11PM.

The buffet menu includes:
• Beef tri-tip with horse radish sauce
• Chicken with wine sauce
• Vegetarian pasta
• Roasted rosemary potatoes (vegan)
• Steamed vegetables (vegan)
• Desserts
• Complimentary lemonade and coffee

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

The restaurant requires a head count this year so please reserve your seat(s) by email to this link with the number in your party by November 15th.
Those wishing to make a donation to defray costs ($20/person, suggested) may do so using the PayPal link with a “Holiday Party” comment but must reserve using email.
Note: if the email link fails, send a message to Jim Thompson from the Members section.

Landing out
Landing away from a familiar LZ is one of the most challenging things we do as hang glider pilots. Practice is hugely valuable, and if the ability to land out is important to your flying style, then it's worth intentionally doing so on occasion.

Walking the most likely bail-out LZs is another great way to reduce risk. Here in Sylmar, our bail-out LZs change continually as the forces of wilderness and urbanization battle against each other along the foot of the mountains. While there are descriptions here, it is worth visiting them in person every now and again.


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