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Chat with Local Pilots

The Telegram app has become an excellent way to find out who is flying, when and where and to get information on flying activities in the area. In order to join, you’ll first need to install the Telegram app on your phone, laptop or desktop. Once you have the app installed, click the following links to join the chat channels of interest.

**Note** We highly encourage folks to use their real names, or at least first name and last initial in these groups to avoid confusion and foster community.

  • Bay Area Parawaiting – For general paragliding discussions not related to a specific flying site or plan. Gear, regulations, weather, etc.
  • Mountains! – For discussions related to flying our nearby mountain sites – Tollhouse, Potato, Elk, Dunlap, etc.
  • Mountain Newbs – For newer pilots interested in learning more about mountain flying. Instruments, thermalling techniques, coordinating in-person meetups, and more!
  • Mission/Ed Levin – For discussions related to flying Mission & Ed Levin.
  • East Bay Flying – For discussions related to flying East Bay sites.
  • Pacifica Flying – For discussions related to flying in Pacifica: Mori Point and the Stables and others.
  • Marina Flying – For PG/HG discussions related to Coastal sites from Big Sur to south of Pacifica including Marina, Lake Court, etc.

**Note** BAPA does not manage and has no official affiliation with any of these chat groups nor the sites discussed (with the exception of The Stables and Mori Point). We list the group chats here in the spirit of helping pilots connect with each other.

How to get the telegram links:

It turns out that telegram bot spam is a problem, so we can’t post the join links here.  If we did, we’d eventually get posts about cheap drug pharmacies and cryptocurrencies on our hang gliding and paragliding chats. We’ve designed this foolproof-ish system to keep them out: answer this quiz and provide an email address, and we’ll send you all the links in a one-time email.