The meeting was held at Round Table Pizza in South San Francisco.
The Meeting was called to order at 7:00pm
In attendance were 4 BAPA pilots (officers and former officers) and 3 guests of
Martin Palmaz CEO of USHPA on a business trip in the Bay Area,
Steve Rodrigues USHPA Secretary, Director at Large and Fellow Feathers’
Jon James from Sonoma Wings.
The meeting was presided over by Dave McMillan, President
President’s Report (David McMillan)
Dunlap flying site:
This site is managed by a new club and new USHPA chapter: “Central California
Hang-Gliding and Paragliding Club”. The previous club was dissolved.
There are new procedures to fly there, a new website: url: http://www.cchpc.club
Before going there, please see the rules and info.
In short, club fee is $75 a year or $25 per event.
Hat Creek flying site:
There is also a new Club there. Jugdeep Aggarwal and Jon Stalman went there
and spent $240 in travel expenses. A motion was passed to reimburse them.
A new P3 offered to help. But progress is slow.
Big Sur Fly-in October 30-31, 2015:
The biggest camp site is already reserved for BAPA. The campground takes no
walk-ins. (more info to follow).
Fort Funston Air Space:
National Park Service and GGNRA are working together to use the same wording
in their use permits for Fort Funston and The Stables. A long discussion
followed about some paragliders seen flying Fort Funston Airspace.
We are still looking for a good West Bay meeting place. The good standing of the
BAPA bank account could help to pay for renting a meeting place, which will
attract more partipants. (knowing that there are only 3 meetings a year on the
West Bay). We are looking for a place where people would like to come, serving
food (and beer of course). Any suggestion is welcome.
Activities (on behalf of Will’s absence):
Past fly-ins: Dunlap (April 18-19) and Potato-hill (April 30).
Next is Hat Creek July 4.
Other Officer Reports - None
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm
This is a reminder of our upcoming BAPA bi-monthly meeting next Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at Round Table Pizza in South San Francisco.
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
Entertainment following the meeting - TBD
Round Table Pizza
2227 Gellert Blvd
South San Francisco, CA 94080
The next BAPA Fly-In will be held at Dunlap on May 2nd-3rd 2015.
Dunlap is one of the most consistent sites around. Note that Dunlap is a P-3 site, though P-2 pilots may fly there with qualified sponsors and supervision - and best arranged in advance. Please RSVP if you're thinking about coming to Dunlap, and we will set up an Evite with all the respondents the week prior to the fly-in for coordination.
SF BAPA has obtained reservations for our group at St Nicholas Ranch. There will be dorm rooms for men and women for $15 per night, and more private lodge rooms at $70 per night.
St Nick’s can also provide our group a hearty breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as a full dinner Saturday evening. The meals are quite reasonable - I believe $10 for full breakfast and $15 for dinner. St Nick's requires a group of 15 in order to open the kitchen for meals. Note: those pilots choosing to camp in Dan’s LZ can nonetheless participate in meals at St Nicks. Please give advance notice.
As for rides up the hill, we will need to coordinate at the LZ before flying in the mornings, and sort out drivers and retrieves. Please be in the LZ not later than 0900 on Sat and Sun morning, or you may be accidentally left behind.
We will follow up with more information as we get closer to the event and know how many folks plan to attend. If you are unfamiliar with Dunlap, please read up the site at www.flyzephyr.com/dunlap.htm and the local club's webpage at www.flydunlap.com/ Note that everyone needs to pay their yearly flying dues to the local club prior to flying at Dunlap. Details can be found at the weblink above.
BAPA Activities Director
The first BAPA Fly-in for the season will be held at Potato Hill on April 10-11, 2015.
For pilots arriving Saturday morning intending to fly the early session, meet at the LZ at 0900 SHARP to meet vehicles going up to launch.
If you have not been to Potato Hill before please visit this link to get more information:
We will be camping at Dixie Glade campground on the side of Potato Hill. The camping is primitive and somewhat remote: there is an outhouse and fire pits but no water, and the nearest store is about 40 minutes away. Please plan to bring all the food and water you will need with you. There is a 5 dollar per night fee for camping there.
NOTE TO NEWER PILOTS:
Potato Hill is informally regulated by BAPA and Sonoma Wings and although there are no rating requirements please be aware that it is a (usually) lee side mountain thermal site with an LZ that often has thermic, turbulent air (it's poppy!). If you have little to no mountain experience Potato can be a good place to build your skills but you should plan to fly early in the day and/or in the evening if conditions allow.
See you soon!
BAPA Activities Director