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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   



Corona Virus
March 22nd, 2020
Although our club remains open for flying, we encourage everyone to comply with "social distancing" guidelines. Avoid riding together in trucks where possible. Consider hiking up the mountain so that trucks carry as few people as possible. Also consider wearing masks (or scarves) when in a truck going up the mountain. And wash your hands a LOT while in the LZ.


Gate Lock Combination Changed
May 9th, 2020

The combination for the lock on the gate to launch has been changed. It is also a new lock that is easier to use. The new combination can be found on the Members Only section of our website.

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. Details will follow as they get worked out.




May 23, 2020 8:39am
Report of a punchy day with a high of 5,300ft on Saturday. TODAY....repeat. The day looks the same but a stronger inversion and warmer temps make conditions look more fishbowly. The best part of the day looks like 3pm with more up air. Winds aloft will still be NE between 4 and 6kts by 3pm. Blowing in at launch level. Max altitude 4,500ft.

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Take a hike!
To practice "social distancing" in these coronavirus times, consider hiking up and flying down. A trail map is available here. Remember to stay at least a wingspan apart, and fly safe. This is an even worse time than usual to need a hospital bed.





Pedaling
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.

Urban Flying Site
Are you on radio?

We are a flying site on the edge of a major urban area. We've powered air traffic including 3 airports nearby and a victor airway directly overhead.

Additionally, we have a complex visual backdrop, looking for air traffic while on approach to our LZ.

Please monitor and use the standard club radio frequency to announce the presence of powered aircraft, and to announce when you cross the Gavina Street bridge on approach.



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