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Welcome
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   



Dahlsten Cup Competition is Sept 28th
September 22th, 2019

Welcome New Members Kyle Schumacher, Michal Gola and Simon Cacy! Photos coming soon!

Storage box prices lowered! The top row of storage box "A" has been lowered from $180 to $150 (12 inch "half" tubes). The top of storage box B has been lowered from $220 to $200 (14" tubes).

The Dahlsten Cup Competition is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th. Volunteers will be needed. Anyone who can show up early and help with set up would be much appreciated!

The concrete project is done and the "bathroom garden" has been started. Watch it take shape over the next week or so.

Dates are official! The annual Big Sur camping and hang gliding trip is happening the weekend of September 20th - 22nd. In order to fly pilots must hold a H3 or higher, or H2s with special clearance and supervision from Windsports. The campsite is available starting the 17th for those who wish to go early. This is a family friendly trip, but spots are limited, so sign up quick! We will be camping at Plaskett Creek right across from the landing zone and the ocean. Sign up for a spot at the campsite and if you are going to be bringing a vehicle.

Save the Date: SHGA Holiday Party will be Dec 7!




September 22, 2019 8:31am
Report of a convergence day with a high of 7,168ft on Saturday. Another pilot claiming 7,800ft but unverified. TODAY....still looks good. The NE is gone so no convergence. Winds aloft are SE between 10 and 12kts. There's a band of high clouds overhead now and a forecast of scattered at 25K by 3pm. Good chc it will be blue later. The same 200fpm line is a bit weaker but right along the ridgeline by 3pm. Max altitude 6,000ft.

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September 16, 2019
Christmas Party

Christmas Party this year is December 7th and will be held in a large circus tent on OUR SITE. There will be some catered snacks but this will be a POT LUCK. So bring your best dish, bring something bought, or donate a few bucks at the event and eat everyone else's chow. This is how we used to do it and hope this makes it easier for people to attend. There will be no "suggested donation" this year and no need knowing how many will show up.





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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