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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!

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

The Forest is open again!
Sept 23, 2021
After being closed since the beginning of September, the Angeles National Forest is open again. Fire danger is still extreme, so please be careful not to park near dry brush where a catalytic converter could start a fire.

Santa Cruz Flats
September 23, 2021

Several SHGA pilots are competing this week in the Santa Cruz Flats race, and they are doing very well. Phill Bloom, Greg Kendall, Jeff Chipman, and Kevin Kernohan are in the Open Class, and Sue Sen and Greg Angsten are in the Sport Class. See the results, and watch them fly in real-time at Airtribune.

September 1, 2021 9:40 am
Report of two pilots getting their last flights before the Angeles Forest closure. Launch conditions were light when they took off about 12:30. Both had sled rides. TODAY.....looks clearer. A very strong onshore with the fog pushing in deeper, thicker and higher. Forecast to burnoff by noon, the latest. Soaring conditions should be better. SSE winds aloft between 8 and 10kts by 2pm Max altitude 4,000ft. See you back here hopefully on September 17th.

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Oct 9th, 2021
Dahlsten Cup 2021
Dahlsten Cup Competition has been postponed one week to October 9th.

Sept 23rd - 27th, 2021
Big Sur
There are still a few spots available for the Big Sur trip that Windsports is running of Sept 23rd - 27th. Call Windsports for details.

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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