I am a private pilot looking to get into paragliding. After talking to some of my friends who do paragliding in the SF bay area and watching youtube videos. I noticed some fly through places like VPMIN (which is near SUNOL) which is an extremely busy intersection sometimes right in the altitude ranges I normally fly through them in my powered aircraft. From this I had a few questions:
- Is it possible to get the equivalent of flight following or at least call up ATC to let them know you are there if you are planning on flying at higher altitudes? I am used to doing this for a D airspace if I am flying only just over or near it if they are not busy.
- If so what would the phrasing of that sound like when you don't have a callsign?
- 14 CFR 103.17 says that I require prior authorization to enter B, C, D. What does this look like? Can I take a handheld radio and ask for permission on the tower frequency? Or is this something I'd need to get through written permission from a FSDO or the tower directly?