Spot Landing Contest

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We got blown out by very windy west wind on June 12th, but tomorrow (Thursday, August 7th) looks good for another chance to show what you got!  Come on out and bring the family and friends.  We will be staring around 5pm.  Same rules and prizes apply as shown previously below for this spot landing contest.   We’ll have transportation running to the top for HG’s and PG’s.  Sunset viewing and some beverages to follow the contest.

Hope to see you all out there!




We will be having another spot landing contest at Eling’s flight park (training hill) starting at 4:30pm on this Thursday, June 12th.

Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy so bring your family and friends. Plan is to have a little happy hour sunset watching following the contest. Come on out and try your spot landing skills. We will have some greats prizes to give away (see below) for those that come the closet to the target. Markers will be provided.

Some simple rules:

  • Hang Gliders and Paragliders will each be a separate contest.
  • We will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for both.
  • Safety first, this is a skills contest so don’t do something crazy to try to win, we don’t want any injuries just good times!
  • The point of landing will be considered to be the first point of contact with the ground if the pilot is approaching the target.  If the pilot is leaving the target, the landing point will be the place where the pilot stops his forward progress.
  • You must land on your feet, on your bum or rolling it in does not count.
  • Max of 3 spot landing attempts per person (you only need 1 to compete)
  • In the case of a tie for first, a coin will be flipped and the loser will move to the next place. I.e., Tie for 1st, coin flipped, loser gets 2nd place and current second place moves to 3rd. Same rule applies for ties for 2nd and 3rd.
  • No drinking and flying

We will start at 4:30pm and end around 7pm (if students are still flying, please give them priority and stay out of their way).  If you can’t get it to the hill right at 4:30pm then come when you can, you will still be able to enter and try your skills.  You just may not get all 3 flights.

Prizes as follows:
HG prizes

  • 1st – $50 REI gift certificate + club t-shirt
  • 2nd – $35 Trader Joe’s gift certificate + club t-shirt
  • 3rd – Bottle of wine + club t-shirt

PG prizes

  • 1st – $50 REI gift certificate + club t-shirt
  • 2nd – $35 Trader Joe’s gift certificate + club t-shirt
  • 3rd – Bottle of wine + club t-shirt

Hope to see all of you out there this Thursday!



Here’s a few pictures from the spot landing contest in September 2013.


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Sylmar Spring Air 2014


Saturday May 17th, 2014 Sylmar, CA.

This is a one day, fun competition to celebrate the return of spring (but in California, some would argue we are in a perpetual spring enviroment). No cost for the pilots. There is no rain date set. All pilots must have a current USHPA rating card on their person and must either be a SHGA club member in good standing (meaning your dues are paid and up to date), or have paid the SHGA day use fee.

Competition / Events Schedule

9:30 AM – 11 AM . Pilot Check-in / GPS registration/prep
10:45 AM . . Pilot’s Meeting for all competitors
12:00 PM . . Launch window opens for All Classes
1:00 PM . . Start window opens for Sport Class
1:30 PM . . Start window opens for Open Class
4:00 PM . . BBQ Starts!
5:30 PM . . Awards

Transportation to launch is the responsibility of the pilot. Kagel can accomodate about 20 – 30 pilots, another launch at towers can accomodate about 10 – 15 pilots, but is an H4 site only (no PG).

If you are a visiting pilot then it will be best to arrive early and get a site briefing if you have not been here before. There is a good overview on the SHGA web site. Rules and guidlines and Site Dangers and Paragliding info are posted.

Open Class – open to all hang glider pilots that hold a H3 or above. Rigid wing pilots will be handicapped.
Sport Class – open to all pilots flying a king posted glider or paraglider. Pilots must be a H3 or above.
Fun Class – open to all pilots flying single surface gliders and paragliders. H3 pilots or above, H2 pilots can fly but MUST HAVE an instructor sign off or prior permission to fly in the comp.

Required Equipment – Helmet, functioning radio, GPS, parachute, cell phone. If your GPS has a special adapter to connect to a computer, then you would be well advised to bring it with you. The score keeper will be equipped to handle USB connected devices and serial devices through a USB to serial adpater.

There is wifi connectivity at the LZ with OK bandwidth. You’ll need to see the scorekeeper to get the access code. If you are not a member of SHGA, you will need to prove that you have paid the day use fee to get the code.

Open Class – Usually will fly a triangle or lap race consisting of an entry start at the far end of the course and navigate the task hitting all turnpoints in the order specified. Turnpoint radius will be assigned the day of the task and will either be 400m or 200m depending on task and course length. The task comittee can chose a regatta start (where all pilots start at the same time) or can elect to use start intervals (normally intervals are used). Intervals will normally be 10 to 20 minutes apart with 2 or 3 intervals depending on the time between intervals, unless there is low participation , then we’ll have one start time (regatta). Fastest elapsed time wins. You must complete the course to receive arrival points otherwise only distance points will be awarded.

Sport Class – Task will normally be run like the open class with the course being shorter. The start cylinder will usually be at the opposite end of the open class task. Open to most P3 and H3 pilots that choose to fly king posted gliders

Fun Class – Task normally consists of accumulation of turnpoints. All turnpoints are worth the same. Turnpoints may only be scored once. Getting the most turnpoints in the shortest time wins. Best suited for PG and HG that have limited experience navigating a course via their instrument.

Donate Used -OLD WINGS & OLD Reserves – KEEN Footware & Cloudbase Foundation team up

Attention Pilots..We need your help! 
Donate your Used Wings and Old Reserves to Help Communities where we Fly!!!!!
KEEN Footwear and the Cloudbase Foundation are teaming up to Repurpose with a Purpose. We are looking for used wing donations that will be sewn to make bags. These bags will be sold at KEEN Festivals nationwide with all monies collected going directly to the Cloudbase Foundation’s projects. So whatever the bag sells for, Cloudbase will be given!
The primary objectives of the Cloudbase Foundation are to improve the health, education and general living conditions in communities where hang gliding and paragliding activities take place.
We know it is often hard to part with old wings as they cost a lot to purchase and we generally think there will be some way to use them again. This opportunity is a win-win as you will get a write-off that will help you clear up storage space as well.
If you donate you will be taking part in a program that:
1. Helps Communities in Need
2. Keeps a Huge Amount of Nylon out of Landfills and Your Garage
3. Raises Awareness for Hang Gliding and Paragliding, and the Great Projects the Cloudbase Foundation is Actively Encouraging
4. Provides a Charitable Donation Receipt to the Donor for a Wing that is Collecting Dust
5. KEEN Will Cover the Cost of Shipping (packaging excluded) the Wing Via Fedex

Here is how you send it:
Contact Ryan Sofich at He will send you back the address where to ship and the Fedex account to use. When you are filling in the shipping information at Fedex please include CBFequipment@gmail.comso that a tax receipt can be sent. Please also email with a list of what you sent, what the value would be if sold on open market, and your address to send the tax receipt.
We are not using the risers or the lines so if you would like to keep either, please do. If you have a newer wing that would be a great beginner glider and still has life in it please email first.
If you need further assistance email Nick Greece at
KEEN Project Center
att: Cloudbase Foundation
3449 N. Anchor St. Suite 400
Portland, OR 97217
You should ship “THIRD PARTY BILLING” using the below address as the bill to address associated with the account:
515 NW 13th AVE

The Boy Who Flies screening

This Thursday, Dec 5th at our monthly club meeting.   Come join us.  Godfrey himself as well as the director will be present at the screening.   Get there early to get your food, beverages and seating.


Windy Sunday at Wilcox

WarBirds over Wilcox

WarBirds over Wilcox

Winds 22 to 25 this weekend at Wilcox. Several folks went for it and skied out but tandems stayed put. Check out the warbirds in the air as they made one of a few passes that day warming up for Veteran’s day.