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
BAPA Meeting Minutes - November 5, 2014
Meeting held at Red Lobster, Milpitas, CA.
16 members in attendance, including three guests/prospective members.
Meeting called to order at 7:15pm
Three new paragliders present
2.Presidents Report (David McMillan):
● Mt.Tam Rule Violations: All paragliders need to land in the designated landing area on the
beach, several pilots unknowingly broke this rule over the last couple of weekends.
● Bank Swallow Colony (North of Fort Funston): Steve Rodriguez explained that we
(both PG and HG) are not allowed to fly north of the northern beach access trail into the
Bank Swallow habitat area from March 15th to August 15.
This is in the vicinity north of the Fort Funston HG launch/landing area.
● Fort Funston Meeting with BAPA, Fellow Feathers (FF) and GGNRA: BAPA and FF met
with GGNRA on February 24th, 2015 to discuss getting consistent language in the
Funston and Stables permits. Steve and Ken of FF will be meeting with David Sondergeld
and David McMillan of BAPA to discuss HG/PG issues at FortFunston.
● Mussel Rock: Don’t launch from top of the cliffs north of the Green Monster up
on Westlake, homeowners have complained and Daly City has said they will ticket people even
though the line between private property and public land at the cliffs may not be clear.
● Blue Rock Weather Station: The station is now operable, working and can be found
on Weather Underground. Thanks to Joel McMinn for setting this up!
● New weather station: Rick C is installing a new weather station and windsock at the top of
Westlake near the Church.
● Ed Levin Weather Station: This station continues to have issues. BAPA will contact
Pat Denevan to see if we can assist with technical expertise.
● BAPA Website: Several pilots are assisting on the website at the moment.
Tarry Chen at the meeting offered to assist as needed.
● G-Force Machine: Jug Aggarwal is trying to find location to place the machine,
but liability issues persist. Not as much interest as Jug expected either.
Jug will continue to explore possibilities.
3.Vice President’s Report (Susan Kent):
● Susan will be taking on all membership duties now from Treasurer.
4.Activities Director’s Report (Will Whitaker): Absent:
● Will is working on finalizing the 2015 Activities calendar
5.Treasurer’s Report (Robin Cushman):
● $8036.53 in bank account.
6.Other Officer Reports: None
● Hat Creek - There is a new club at Hat Creek that will manage the site called
Hat Creek Pilots Association. They will be in charge of the USFS use permit.
Donations will be accepted to the club for site maintenance.
Presentation by Jug Aggarwal: On the 2015 Northern California Sprint League at 8:45pm.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30pm
Minutes recorded by David McMillan, BAPA President (for Daniel Bremond, Secretary travelling)
Any corrections or omissions, please respond to David McMillan or Daniel Bremond directly.
(See Officer List for email addresses)