Any Hang Glider or Paraglider Pilot flying any Santa Barbara site MUST fly with a 2 meter radio, reserve parachute, and a helmet. We fly near Santa Barbara Airport Airspace and we need to call TRACON to open the beach and mountain windows. Failure to contact the tower can result in the loss of our ability to fly our local sites. The site where a visiting pilot is most likely to get in trouble is at More Mesa. Please read the Site Guidelines page.

Pilots visiting the Santa Barbara sites will need to:

  • Contact and arrange to meet with a local guide for site introductions
  • Join the SBSA by clicking here.
  • Read and understand the local Site Guidelines
  • Helpful local mountain flying youtube videos by local flying guru Aaron LaPlante – Cracka Sauce

Contact and arrange to meet with a local guide

The Santa Barbara flying sites are sensitive to local politics. Our club has worked hard with local government agencies and the community to preserve our flying sites. Santa Barbara is a special place to fly, and we need to represent the flying community in a positive light. Our local sites can be challenging to fly for out of town pilots, and as any pilot of any skill level should obtain a site introduction at any new site, visiting pilots to Santa Barbara should do the same. The only situation where a local pilot does not need to contact a local guide is if that pilot will only be flying at the training hill. The training hill can only be flown when an instructor is present.

Please contact one of our local guides:

Fly Away Hanggliding – Willy Dydo (802) 558-6350
SBSA Liaison – John Greynald (805) 682-3483

Eagle Paragliding – Rob Sporrer (805) 968-0980
Fly Above All Paragliding – Chris Grantham (805) 965-3733


Our annual club membership fee is $30. You can pay this fee by clicking the paypal link below:

Club fees go towards site insurance, public relations, website expenses, and site procurement, preservation and maintenance. If you are unsure if you have paid cub membership dues for the current year, you can look at the current membership list.


The local rules and regulations for the Santa Barbara flying area is available in the membership packet above. Specific site rules are available on the Site Guidelines Page.