It's time for our annual holiday party! Come celebrate the past year of flying and mingle with your fellow pilots.
We'll be holding the event at 7pm on Saturday December 3rd at Brightworks in San Francisco.
As per BAPA tradition, we will be doing a potluck, with BAPA providing some snacks and drinks. For those who would like to coordinate on items, a sign up sheet for the potluck can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/j734w8z
Directions to Brighworks: https://goo.gl/maps/3uJ8QwhbUFS2
Please be sure to RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/265988813799262/ or by email.
Meeting held at Mussel Rock parking lot , preciseley at the BBQ area.
20 to 30 persons in attendance (BAPA members and/or local HG/PG pilots)
Meeting called to order around 6:50 pm
The meeting was presided over by Dave McMillan, President
Due to the location and the time, it should be a short meeting, intended to socialize, link and network with local flying people.
Officer and Contributor Reports:
1) Dave McMillan President
1.A) Mount Tamalpais
In summary to date:
Due to the USHPA insurance requirements there will be only one chapter
managing this site. The HG one, managing HG and PG.
BAPA will collaborate and support half of the insurance cost.
Wally will be the PG manager.
The main difference is that the allowing stickers will need to be renewed every year.
1.B) New Mission Webcam
Thanks to Ron from Australia and to Evan Cohen for being instrumental on
setting up this cam.
1.C) Christmas Party
It will be held on December third at BrightWorks in San Francisco.
Mark your calendar and look for more info to come.
The owner of the LZ passed away.The site was shut down, then it just re-opened.
We don’t know what will happen. Will the familly keep the site?
1.E) BAPA Officers yearly election
The current nominations are:
President: Dave McMillan
Vice President: : still open
Activity Director: still open
Treasurer: Sophie Bourgoin
Secretary: Daniel Bremond
Site Director: Dan Retz
Safety Director: Harry Sandoval
The vote will be thru the internet . More details coming
1.F) Monster Mash Flying
Canceled due to the past wild fire
There is a demand for weather clinic
We are looking to have a first Responder clinic early February.
2) Susan Kent, Membership coordinator
2.A) Why to be a BAPA member?
BAPA contributes to several site expenses. (Mt Diablo, half of Mt Tamalpais, The Stables)
BAPA wants to keep Mussel Rock “unregulated”
BAPA runs clinics, maintains windsocks.
BAPA contributed to USHPA insurance
How could we encourage instrusctors to suggest studdents to become BAPA members?
An advantage your BAPA membership gives you: (from Ricardo)
You have access to Mountain Hardware Store in Richmond which sells
outdoor equipments for half of the market price.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:13 PM
3. The entertainment part of the meeting was the BBQ and Pot Luck food
while socializing with the attendants.
Greetings BAPA members and Bay Area Pilots!
Meeting held at Red Lobster, Milpitas, CA.
7 members in attendance in person.
And 2 attendants over video streaming
Meeting called to order at 7:45 pm
The meeting was presided over by Dave McMillan, President
First time attendee:
One person not yet pilot, and
Ron from Australia, Paraglider and Hang Glider living near Mission peak
2.Officer and Contributor Reports:
Sophie Bourgoin Vice President
Attended 4Th of July BBQ and July Wings Of Rogallo monthly meeting
Susan Kent, Membership coordinator (on line)
Suggested to publish more actively to encourage remote attendance.
Ross Strickland, Activity Director
The 4th of July BBQ at Mussel Rock was a big success
Ross also provided some details about the following week Hat Creek Fly-in
End of August (the 27th) there will be at the Ed Levin Picnic.
It is a great way to promote Paragliding. Local Instructors are encouraged to come by.
Dave McMillan President
We need to replace several windsocks at Mussel Rock.
Geary ordered them for a cost estimated between $450 and $499.
Daniel B, moved to allocate the money. Ross S seconded.
The motion passed with 6 votes “Yes”, no vote against or abstention.
Parking at Mission Peak:
Bob Posey went to the last meeting and the new rules will go thru.
Accidents at Mussel Rock:
Dave M said that Mussel Rock is a source of accidents. Last year was the worst in term of accidents. This year we already accounted two water incidents.
Daniel B responded that neither BAPA nor USHPA are doing all they can do to minimize accidents. In consequence, we get what we deserve.
Then Daniel listed the actions we missed that could reduce accidents:
1) BAPA voted few years ago against encouraging the HelmEtiquette.
2) When questioned during the previous BAPA meeting, an USHPA Director did not supported it either arguing that Paragliding is “Free Flight”.
3) Daniel recalled that HelmEtiquette is wearing your name and ranking on your helmet.
4) By this way BAPA members could spot at Mussel Rock the new comer pilots (and may be banditos), and engage a discussion to be sure that they are insured and had a site intro.
5) Daniel also recalled that the USHPA magazine does not report anymore (like in the past) recent accident analyses, turning blind eyes on these accidents. An USHPA Official questioned recently, acknowledged the negative impact of this lack of information.
6) So in conclusion Daniel pointed out to don’t be surprised if RRG become expensive.
We have found a volunteer for it, and works are in progress. It was suggested to have a special technical meeting for it in order to define what we want to put in it.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 PM
5. The entertainment part of the meeting was Marco Pontil talking about an initiative to provide tandem paragliding experiences to communities of folks with disabilities or cancer
The full meeting can be streamed at the following url:
(cut and paste url in your browser. Duration 1h17mn)