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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!

Chloe Burgis learning to fly, with Baby Lamb as copilot, 6/21/2020   



Corona Virus
7/12/2020
SHGA recommends and requests that everyone in the LZ wear a face mask when in groups or within six feet of anyone else. PLEASE!! Donít infect friends or other pilots with the Coronavirus. Wear a mask to protect others from YOUR germs. Masks are not to protect the wearer from others. Be considerate. Donít be a jerk. Besides, itís the law in L.A. County.


This Saturday's Movie
August 10th, 2020


This Saturday's movie (Aug 15th) will be Young Frankenstein, a 1974 American comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein, and Peter Boyle as the monster. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn, and Gene Hackman. The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks.[4]

The FIRE DANGER for our mountain range has been raised from VERY HIGH to CRITICAL. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on our range. Also please remember that fires have been started by overheated catalytic converters. Please to not travel through or park in dry brush.

The "B" storage box doors have been replaced by Will Ramsey and John Partovi. These doors were in really bad shape. Thank you, Will and John, for stepping up to perform this much needed replacement!

SHGA's membership billing will be changing to assure that we are non-commercial in the eyes of our insurance provider. The day-use fee has been replaced with a monthly membership at the same price. Glider storage assessments will be combined with membership dues and billed at the same time. Questions about the new system? Ask Jay Devorak




August 14, 2020 8:34am
Report of a good day on Thursday. First launch was at 5pm and getting to a high of 4,635ft. Pilot claims the lift went higher. TODAY.....smoke. There are also some scattered high clouds at 20K. The smoke/haze is really thick this morning with a well defined top currently at about 4,300ft. SW winds aloft between 2 and 6kts by 2pm. A bit hotter but less altitude indicates consolidation. Max altitude of 5,200ft.

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7/31/2020
Towers Launch Clearing Party
Thanks to many volunteers, the towers launch is once again a good place to fly from. 10 pilots worked in hot weather on a steep slope to clear the brush. The work was tough enough that some chose not to fly after the launch was cleared. 5 pilots did manage to launch is windy conditions.





Flying the Air or the Location?
When you're on approach to the Sylmar LZ, do you study the wind conditions? When you're circling in the staging area?

While you're on your downwind and base legs, are you adjusting your geometry to arrive at the entry point of your optimal final leg, flying your chosen speed?

It's natural for the human brain to organize around the visual information -- fly down that path, over to there, and then to there. However, we fly in the invisible medium that's in motion, and getting yourself to the top of the ideal final leg for the day requires an approach customized for the conditions you actually encounter.

Shoes
Oneís shoes are hidden away inside a pod harness when flying and so it seems like they couldnít possibly affect safety, but thatís the catch, literally. Some boots have hooks for the laces, and theyíre 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 oneís feet are stuck inside the harness can make for an exciting landing. It is good practice to unzip and get oneís 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.

Pedaling
In the air, a pilot may free his legs from his harness and act like heís 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.



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