The BAPA Hat Creek Fly-in will be Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, 2014. Hat Creek Rim is located approximately 5 hours northeast of the Bay Area in the Lassen National Forest near Burney, CA. Hat Creek is famous for its evening glass-off with consistent conditions for most of the summer. Mid-day conditions at Hat Creek are usually too turbulent for paragliders so most pilots fly only in the evenings. During the day there are plenty of activities in the area (including close proximity to Lassen National Park) so this fly-in is ideally suited for bringing your significant other.
Hat Creek Rim is located in the Lassen National Forest. A P3 rating is required and pilots should be comfortable launching in strong winds and flying in turbulence if they do not fly late; P2 pilots can fly if they are supervised at all times by an experienced Rim pilot/mentor. The official Hat Creek Rim site is: http://hatcreek.info. More information on flying at Hat Creek can be found at: http://flyzephyr.com/hatcreek.htm
We will be camping at Hat Creek Hereford Ranch Campground (http://hatcreekrv.com/). This campground has full facilities and is a short distance to the LZ. If you are interested in attending the fly-in please let me know as soon as you can.
BAPA has reserved some tent camping sites for Thursday thru Saturday nights (people arriving Wednesday need to make their own arrangements) so we would like to get a head count fairly soon. I have tentatively reserved sites 39, 40, 41, 32, 46, and 47, and some other sites nearby are available with full hookups for those needing the amenities. The hatcreekrv.com site has a map where you can check out the proximity of other sites.
We will probably do some kind of potluck dinner Friday and/or Saturday evening after flying.
I'll need a firm head count by Tuesday, June 25 to confirm our camping sites. After this, we will accommodate you if we can but there will be no guarantees of space at the campground.
I look forward to seeing you all at Hat Creek over the 4th!
BAPA Activities Director
Written by Daniel Bremond.
The meeting was held at Round Table Pizza in South San Francisco.
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m.
In attendance were 7 paraglider pilots including Josh Cohn USHPA Director for Region 2, and 6 visitors and pilot-to-be.
The meeting was presided over by President Dave McMillan.
Dave M – President
- We are still in need of a Webmaster. Any volunteer is welcome to help and free Julie S.
- New windsocks at Mussel Rock were installed and paid by Jesse M and Gary M.
- Dunlap is re-open, managed by a new club: Central California Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club. See the attached message below from the President Ryan Smith for the protocol to follow to fly there.
- Sand City (unregulated site) and Marina (Highly regulated site) on the coast between San Francisco and Monterey may be impacted in the future by a project to build a resort on the beach. The work may start this year. Susan K is monitoring the situation.
Robin C – Treasurer
- By email: There are 149 renewed members so far and the finances are in good shape.
An Investigation of PG Landings in Wind Shadows
by Dan Harrison
Have you approached a landing with ground streamers showing a light, opposing headwind only to land in a tailwind or in sink? Did you chalk it up to an LZ thermal or just to fickle winds? This article investigates some potentially hazardous landing conditions in winds too light to create fully formed rotors. We’ll see how a pilot may be fooled by a backwash on the ground induced by a terrain feature underlying the true wind-stream.
Jugdeep Aggarwal is keen to set up a league for more junior pilots with the aim of informally teaching pilots how to fly Cross Country at our local sites. The league will be a similar format to the Northern California Cross Country (NCXC) League but will be for pilots flying EN A and EN B gliders, and who have at least a P3.
The Sprint league will be similar to the NCXC league but aimed at more junior pilots. Tasks would be smaller and mainly involve touring the local area without necessarily leaving the valley. No SPOT device required nor Ham license (unlike for the league). There would be full GPS scoring and tasks with defined routes. Routes would be set so that there was an easily landable field within glide.
There is a questionnaire set up to help tailor the Sprint League to the pilots intending on coming out. If you are interested in this format, please fill out the questionnaire!
Note that the deadline for the survey is December 31, 2013. Once the results are tallied, Jug will set up a discussion forum to continue to refine the details of the league. We'll post more info as it becomes available.