Joining the SBSA is the first step
Please join the SBSA to fly our local sites. Our annual club membership fee is $30 and is payable through PayPal in the provided link above.
Club fees go towards site preservation, public relations, site procurement, site maintenance, website expenses, La Cumbre weather station expenses, SBSA property taxes on the LZs we own, and local events that promote free flight in Santa Barbara.
Over the last 40+ years, the massive efforts of SBSA has kept free flight alive in our urban town. If you have ever flown/landed/kited at Elings Park/Training Hill, Parma Park, East Beach, More Mesa, St. Marys, The T, Wilcox, Bates, Eliminator/Skyport, etc, it is because of the efforts of SBSA to preserve free flight. Without this vital work, our hobby would be long gone at these locations. Your small monetary contribution goes towards these important endeavors.
Checklist before flying
Pilots visiting our Santa Barbara flying sites will need to:
Arrange to Meet with a Local Guide
Our Santa Barbara flying sites are very sensitive to local politics. Our club has worked hard for decades with local government agencies and the overall 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. Any pilot of any skill level should obtain a site introduction at any new site, and visiting pilots to Santa Barbara should do the same. The only situation where a visiting pilot does not need to contact a local guide is if that pilot will only be flying at the training hill, but please note that the training hill can only be flown when an instructor is present.
Required Safety Equipment
We fly near Santa Barbara airport airspace, and we therefore need to call the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility at the Santa Barbara airport 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, which sits directly under the approach path to the Santa Barbara airport, deep within Class C airspace. Please read the Site Guidelines page for more information on that site and others.
SBSA Telegram Group Chat
Meet Times / Places
Getting up the Mountain
Frequently Asked Questions
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Annual SBSA membership is only $30!