The next BAPA Meeting and Social Event will be held on Saturday, October 10th at Mussel Rock at 6:00pm. We will meet in the parking lot at Mussel Rock in the center area. The intent of the meeting is to discuss business that pertains to all of us at the coast (and in the Bay Area) and also to mix and socialize with fellow pilots.
Our upcoming meeting will be very important as we will be discussing changes to the Funston and Stables permits that could potentially affect flying from Mussel Rock. I would like as many members to attend as possible as we will be discussing and voting on some critical issues pertaining to this. USHPA has also been involved with this on the national level, so it is a very big deal. This will be the time to make your opinions known to the community.
We will also be discussing safety at the coast in the wake of two recent fatalities (PG & HG) and one near fatality (blow back into power lines in August). I'll have a more specific agenda in the few days prior to the meeting.
BAPA will be providing food for this Meeting/Social event. Please bring your own beverage (wine, beer, etc) or better yet bring some extra beverages to share.
See you all on Saturday, October 10 at Mussel Rock!
BAPA invites you and your friends/family to attend the 2015 Monster Mash, on October 30 to November 1st, 2015 at Big Sur. Due to the wildfire shutting down flying at Dunlap, this will be our only fly-in this fall and the last fly-in of the year.
This will be a family-friendly event; non-flying partners and kids are especially welcome. BAPA has reserved the biggest group campsite at Plaskett Creek Campground for Friday and Saturday nights; campsite GS-2. I'm super excited as I have been wanting to reserve this site for years, it is the best group campsite in the entire campground.
Saturday evening, after flying, we will have a Halloween party, with prizes for the best costumes, the best jack-o-lanterns (i.e., decorated pumpkins, for those of you who didn't grow up in the US). Flying-related prizes will also be awarded as well as a MVD (most valuable driver) award. We encourage all of you to bring a bowl of candy (so the kids of all ages can go trick-or-treating) and maybe even decorate your tent!
The weather at Big Sur should be lovely this time of the year, with mild temps during the days and cooler in the evenings. The campground has grass campsites, flush toilets and running (cold) water. It's a nice place to hang out and it's right across the street from Sand Dollar Beach, which has spectacular views and breathtaking sunsets.
BAPA Meeting Minutes – July 8, 2015
The meeting was held at Red Lobster in Milpitas , CA.
The Meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm
In attendance were 6 BAPA pilots and two guests of honor:
Martin Palmaz CEO of USHPA on a business trip in the Bay Area,
Steve Rodrigues USHPA Secretary, Director at Large and Fellow Feathers’ s
The meeting was presided over by Susan Kent, Vice President.
The detailed agenda was prepared by President Dave McMillan travelling.
Vice President/Membership – Susan Kent
The attendance recently has not been what we have expected.
As an incentive, can we publish the agenda one week in advance?
Should we use a teleconference mode? If yes, what software are available?
Should we move the time to 7:30 or 8:00 PM ?
Activities (on behalf of Will, absent):
1) Hat Creek Fly-in was cancelled this year due to a lack of interest.
Only 4 pilots responded.
What happened this year? Are people not interested in Hat Creek?
Was the weekend a bad date?
2) Big Sur Fly-in is scheduled for October 30 - November 1.
We have reserved the biggest group campsite at Plaskett Creek scheduled for
Friday and Saturday nights. There is a lot of room for tents, etc, it’s huge!
If bringing RVs or trailers we suggest booking separate campsites asap.
3) Ed Levin Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd. Spread the word.
Anyone interested in paragliding is welcome.
It is a good way to get interested people into the sport.
BAPA will provide food and drinks. Dave McMillan and Susan Kent will be
out of the country during this date, so we need a volunteer who can step up
to organize the event. It is easy and a lot of fun!
Other Officer Reports – None
Berkeley Kite Festival is July 25-26th. It is a big festival with 30,000+ people
expected. Chip Sheppard has reserved a booth, but has gotten no interest in
local pilots for volunteering at the event. If no other pilots step up to the plate,
Chip will cancel our booth.
This is a huge opportunity to expose members of the public to our sport.
Daniel pointed out that he is surprised by the lack of interest from professional
paragliding instructors who are missing a big opportunity to recruit students.
Following the discussion Chip confirmed that he will cancel the reservation.
We have volunteers (for coding?) but no Project Manager.
We are still looking for a Full Project Owner.
BAPA Facebook page
Dave McMillan wants to convert FB page from a “like” page to a “group” page.
Dave hasn’t that time to do this and isn’t that savvy on FB.
Any help would be appreciated if someone wants to help.
Since the meeting, Susan Kent created a new Bay Area Paragliding Association
Public Group on Facebook that can be accessed at the following url:
BAPA Meeting venue
We need a new venue for SF/Peninsula meetings.
Attendance has been mediocre in this location.
Maybe do a Survey Monkey to our members to get an idea on how to get
better meeting participation?
Someone suggested to use the same location that Fellow Feathers use at the
Sharp Park Golf Course.
Also it was suggested that we rename the meeting to Pizza Party, and have
a BBQ at Mussel Rock after flying time. BAPA could pay for pizzas
Violation of rules at Mount Tam
A visiting pilot violated the rules at Mt Tam and has been suspended
indefinitely until BAPA specifies the length of suspension.
The visiting pilot, a P5 and rated instructor flew the site without a sticker, and
launched into the fog with no beach visible. The violations were witnessed on
launch by the President of the Marin Hang Gliding Association.
Dave McMillan and BAPA Officers will coordinate further action with Wally
Anderson, the BAPA Site Administrator of Mt Tam.
After discussion it was voted to suspend the pilot for one year.
Fatality at Mussel Rock
There was a PG fatality at Mussel Rock on Sunday May 17th.
A Japanese pilot crashed at the point below the old road just north of the
Walker and Lemming launches. USHPA has set up an accident investigation.
2015 has been a very bad year for PG and HG fatalities in the US.
Please be safe out there.
Participation in BAPA
Dave McMillan would like more local pilots to consider becoming active in BAPA.
It is important for pilots to volunteer in the local club to make our club
successful. You don’t need to have hundreds of hours or be a P4 pilot to
participate in BAPA, only a desire to give back to the community.
We have a small number of people who do much of the work and we can use
more help. If anyone is interested in helping out, please reach out to
Dave McMillan, Susan Kent or any of the other officers.
Fort Funston Negotiations between BAPA and Fellow Feathers
BAPA would like to remove the northern boundary on the permit for flying
We have put an offer on the table with Fellow Feathers that in exchange for
removing the boundary we would agree to put the “rule of six” into
The Stables use permit.
Dave McMillan would like to vote on putting this “rule of six” into The Stables
permit, only if we are allowed to remove the Northern boundary on The Stables
permit. This proposal is also supported by David Sondergeld, site administrator
of The Stables.
As the quorum was not reached, the proposal could not be voted on and this
topic will need to be revisited in the future.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm
The entertainment part of the meeting was Susan Kent reporting on her Slovenia
This is a reminder of our upcoming BAPA bi-monthly meeting next Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 at Red Lobster in Milpitas.
Please come and also spread the word, it should be a fantastic meeting. And if you are a new BAPA member (or someone just interested in BAPA) this is a great opportunity to meet other enthusiastic local pilots! All are welcome.
Details are as follows:
6:30pm - Social Half Hour begins
7:00pm - Official Meeting begins
Immediately following the meeting – Slovenia Trip Report
503 E Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035