Hello SBSA current member pilots,

    In order to help support better communications while trying to get a group to go flying we are using the Telegram chat application.  The Telegram chat is a phone app that will allow notifications when posts are made to the group.  Pilots can use the group chat to coordinate flying activities.  The chat can also use it for occasional notifications that need to be relayed to pilots about information for flying our local sites. Please remember and keep in mind when posting the guidelines below.

If you are a visiting pilot, please sign up for the SBSA membership  and read the visiting pilot page before joining the SBSA group chat.

Guidelines for SBSA Chat

Similar to text, each post may notify hundreds of users.  Please post with that in mind, be thoughtful around the content and the time of day that you are posting. SBSA is PST time zone.

What the chat is intended for:

  • This main use of the SBSA chat is intended for current SBSA members organizing free flight and logistics around getting to launch or getting rides after flying.
  • Posting information/pictures around your recent flights in the SB area and conditions is encouraged.
  • Organizing club trips for flying at other locations
  • Announcing club meetings and gatherings
  • Announcing changes to guidelines or rules around flying in and around Santa Barbara

What the chat is not intended for:

  • Topics not directly related to flying in the local SB mountains (this chat is not meant to be social media to post whatever you feel like, please stay on topic)
  • Debating topics and stating opinions
  • Organizing flying from individuals who are not current SBSA members at sites not in or around Santa Barbara
  • Posting “for sale” messages for equipment, use the forums designed for it or reach out to the local schools.
  • Chit chat between a few individuals, use direct messaging or create a new telegram group
Keep it fun and lighthearted so everyone enjoys being a member of the chat.

Here is what you need to do to join the SBSA group chat.

1. Download and install the Telegram messenger app for your mobile device
For Android
For Iphone/Ipad

or sign up and use the web version in a browser

2. Web version

or install it on your computer

3. Mac/PC/Linux

Regardless of which way you signed up for telegram via your device above, you will need to click on this link to join the SBSA group chat. 

Click this link to join the group –> SBSA Group Chat
You will not see any history when you first join the group chat.  All of the previous history can be seen at SBSA.INFO club website.  You will retain all the history from when you sign up moving forward.
The telegram app has notifications that will help when trying to coordinate to go flying.  You may want to learn about the notifications and how to turn them on and off.  For instance when you are at work and everyone is blowing up your phone with notifications that they are going flying might be a good time to turn off the notifications rather then removing the app because you are annoyed that you can’t go flying.  Just turn them back on when you do want to go flying and get the messages  that people are meeting to go fly.
If you have any questions – please email the club and we’ll get you squared away (flysbsa@gmail.com).

Some tips for Telegram Group notifications.

The general settings for notifications on Telegram lets you customize the notifications for the entire chats and groups. But to disable notification for a specific chat or a group, you need to do as follows:

Android phones

  1.  Open the Telegram on your Android device
  2. Tap the chat/conversation/group you want to manage the notifications for
  3. Tap the contact/group name on the top to open the details
  4. Tap the Notifications and Sounds option
  5. And there you can manage the notifications, including the vibration and sound

Apple Iphone


  1. Open Telegram App
  2. Go to Telegram Settings
  3. Tap Notifications and Sounds
  4. Select Group Notifications
  5. Select desired settings.