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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   

November 16th, 2019

Welcome New Members Taso Zolas and Daniel Quick!

The election ballets have been mailed. Please have them mailed or dropped in our LZ deposit post by Dec 6th.

World Team Plaque
Janyce is attempting to collect data on World Team pilots who were members of SHGA at the time. (We are making a commemorative plaque.) If you have competed as a World Team pilot, please contact Janyce or Rob!

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).

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

November 22, 2019 8:33am
Report of strong climbs above 3K with occasional rowdiness. Highest on Thursday was 4,927ft. The pilot pulled out to avoid cloud proximity boundaries. TODAY......flyable again. NE out back with Kagel in the SE. Looks like it will be more of a launch window day. The rasp indicates starting to blow down by 2pm at launch level. Less clouds but still possible with a base at 6,700ft. SE winds aloft beteen 0 and 4kts. Max altitude 7,100ft.

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November 3rd, 2019

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.

One’s shoes are hidden away inside a pod harness when flying and so it seems like they couldn’t possibly affect safety, but that’s the catch, literally. Some boots have hooks for the laces, and they’re liable to snag on other lines inside the harness. Shoe laces can get caught in the harness zipper, making it hard to zip, or worse, unzip. A last-minute discovery that one’s feet are stuck inside the harness can make for an exciting landing. It is good practice to unzip and get one’s feet out early enough to solve a problem if needed. Failing that, one can land on wheels if equipped with them, or with good flare timing, land no-footed on the tail of the harness and flop down safely.

In the air, a pilot may free his legs from his harness and act like he’s pedaling a bicycle. This is an emergency signal to other pilots to land immediately, and can be used when ham radio communication is not available. Competition pilots will use this to signal when a task is cancelled due to threatening weather. It is also appropriate if pilots need to clear the air for a helicopter rescue, or if a nearby forest fire results in aerial firefighting activity.

Cloud suck
Here are three signs of potential trouble:
• Widespread cloud cover overhead
• Large areas of strong, smooth lift
• Dark clouds with flat bottoms in the area
Any one of these calls for an active awareness of the conditions and how they are changing over time. Any two calls for immediate evasive action, such as getting away from the lift, or maintaining at least a 1:1 glide UP to clear blue sky past the edge of a cloud. All three are a dire emergency, and one must use any means possible to escape, ignoring niceties like restricted airspace and safe landing areas.


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