Next BAPA Meeting - Next Wednesday, January 25th in Sunnyvale - 6:30pm

Hello BAPA Members and Bay Area Pilots,

This is a reminder of our upcoming BAPA bi-monthly meeting for January, which will be next Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at Vito's Famous Pizza in Sunnyvale.  Note our new location which will be held at the same venue as the Wings of Rogallo monthly meetings.  I postponed it a bit this month to give people time to recover from the Holidays.  I hope to get back on track for the second Wednesday of the month bi-monthly moving forward.
I know a lot of pilots have difficulty getting to BAPA meetings due to traffic after work.  Therefore the actual meeting will begin at or around 7:30pm.  We will have the private room at Vito's at 6:30pm, so please feel free to come early and socialize and eat/drink prior to the meeting.  BAPA meetings are a great opportunity to mingle with local pilots.  If you are not an official BAPA member (or even a paraglider) you are always welcome to come by and see what we are all about. 

We are also in the process of trying to set up the meeting online such that folks may be able to call in and participate remotely.  However we don't yet have this setup at this point.  I will send out another email with login instructions if we can get this set up properly before the meeting.
Current agenda is as follows:
  • Tree rescue kit and training
  • Mega BAPA/XC League Fly-In in Spring
  • Mission Camera Expenses
  • Gavin McClurg's Film
  • BAPA Website
  • Mt. Umhunum 
  • Chapter Renewal & Site Insurance
Any other agenda items may be emailed to me prior to the meeting or brought up in person during the meeting.

Details are as follows:
6:30pm - Social Hour/Dinner/Drinking begins
7:30pm - Official Meeting begins

Vito's Famous Pizza
1155 Reed Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA  94086

BAPA Holiday party - Sat Dec 3rd @ 7pm

Hey all,

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.

As always, please feel free to email any questions, comments, or concerns to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BAPA Ed Levin Social - August 27th @ 9:00am

Hey Everyone!


Come join the fun on Saturday, August 27th at Ed Levin!


BAPA is sponsoring a fly-in, picnic, and social at Ed Levin on Saturday, August 27th. Students, new P2s and P3s are especially encouraged to attend and come meet other newer pilots.


Although this event is sponsored by BAPA, you DO NOT have to be a BAPA member to attend. You DO have to have a signed WOR waiver and have your current WOR sticker to fly there. Otherwise just come for the picnic and social.


Also, there will also be a spot landing contest!


Here are the details:


When: Saturday, August 27th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm flying. Picnic starts at 12:30 pm.


Where: Ed Levin County Park. Picnic Tables


What: Fly-in, Picnic, Spot landing contest


Spot Landing Contest: Lowest distance of 3 flights. Landings must be controlled. Crashing, skidding, butt landings, are not counted. You must land on your feet, but stumbling may be allowed according to the judges discretion. Prizes (TBD) will be awarded.


Who: All pilots, family, spouses, significant others, and well behaved kids are welcome. Newer P2s and P3s are especially welcome and encouraged to come meet each other no matter who you had for an instructor. Instructors are welcome. Bring the whole family and have a good time.


Food: Let's do this BAPA style - potluck as per usual, and BAPA will provide BBQ fixings, sodas, and water. Recommended items to bring are: salads, fruits, cheese, crackers, and desserts.


As of now we still need volunteers to judge the spot landing competition, as well as volunteers who would can drive folks to launch. Please reach out to me directly or post on this event if you would be able to help with either.


Please RSVP on the Facebook event, or by contacting me directly.


Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/159138671184445/

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/gqPpLThtLFw


Hope to see y'all out there!


Ross Strickland

BAPA Activities Coordinator

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Next BAPA Meeting/Social at Mussel Rock, Saturday, October 22nd, 5:00pm

Greetings BAPA members and Bay Area Pilots!

Our next BAPA meeting will be at Mussel Rock (in the BBQ area in the parking lot) on Saturday, October 22nd at 5:00pm.  There will also be a casual BAPA Social event/BBQ.  BAPA will provide some main dishes like Burgers/Sausages, Pizza, etc and some beer.  Please feel free to bring any side dishes or your favorite beverages as you see fit.
The social will begin at 5:00pm and the meeting will begin between 5:30 & 6:00pm.  The meeting will be brief, but we will be nominating BAPA officers for 2017.  We have a few officer vacancies for 2017 that will need to be filled, so if you are interested in being nominated for an officer position, please let me know ahead of the meeting (or at the meeting at the latest).  If you have any questions on the officer positions and what they would entail, please contact me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I would be happy to discuss with you.  BAPA officers positions are extremely important to the club and are a great way for you to participate and get to know the dynamics of our local flying scene!  We need your help.
BAPA Meeting/Social
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 - 5:00pm
Location - Mussel Rock Parking Lot, BBQ area 
Social/Food/Drinking begins at 5:00pm
Meeting begins approximately 5:30 or 6:00pm
See you all there and please let me know if you have any questions. 
Dave McMillan
BAPA President

Bi-Monthly Meeting - Milpitas - July 13th

Hello BAPA Members and Bay Area Pilots,
This is a notice for the upcoming bi-monthly BAPA meeting on Wednesday, July 13th, at the Red Lobster in Milpitas, CA. The meeting is open to both members and non-members of BAPA. We will begin with a social hour at 6:30pm, then proceed to our normal meeting. Following the meeting, we will have a speech from Marco Pontil about an initiative to provide tandem paragliding experiences to communities of folks with disabilities or cancer. The initiative stems from a desire to give back to communities which might have received funds which were diverted to address the insurance situation with USHPA last/this year. If you're interested in learning what this initiative is about, or ways in which you might be able to help out, this is a great opportunity to get involved!
As per usual, I recommend attending this meeting to find out what's going on with our great community here in the Bay area and to meet up with other local pilots. For those who are unable to make the journey, we have a live stream available for viewing. I will post the link in an email next week.
Schedule is as follows:
6:30 pm - Social Hour begins
7:30 pm - Official Meeting begins
Immediately following the meeting – Discussion by Marco Pontil
Red Lobster
503 E Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
Live Stream:
Questions, concerns, or comments?:
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
See y'all there!
Ross Strickland
BAPA Activities Coordinator