March 6, 2013 BAPA Meeting Minutes

BAPA Meeting Minutes

 Written by Daniel Bremond.   


The meeting was held at Round Table Pizza in Milpitas.  

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

In attendance were 21 persons made up of 18 club members, 2 not-yet-pilots, and Jugdeep (Jug) Aggarwal, BAPA club member and also new USHPA Director for Region 2.

The meeting was presided by Susan K  President.

Susan asked everybody to introduce themselves.


Officer Reports:


Robin C – Treasurer

The club (before removing members having not yet renewed their membership) accounts for approximately 150 members.

Remember BAPA membership is based upon the calendar year. So if you have not yet renewed for 2013, please do it quickly before March-end in order to avoid being removed from the member database.

To renew, go to the BAPA website and follow the instructions.


Dave M - Activities

The schedule of events was sent the day of the meeting. The website has been updated. However there are a few changes:

·         Potato Hill fly-in on the week-end of April 20th will be held at Dunlap due to the multiple closures in the Potato Hill area.

·         Saturday April 20th is also Earth Day, and BAPA is looking for a volunteer (not attending the Fly-in) to lead the BAPA cleanup team at Mussel Rock.

·         There will be two Kiting Clinics in Vallejo, April 6 and August 3.  Followed by site-intros at nearby flying sites.

·         Also in preparation, Robin C is working on a first aid clinic tailored for paragliders in one day (rather than 15 hours – so no certification). The cost so far is very high, and BAPA may contribute to the tuition.


Chip S – Vice President

·         Chip is looking for BAPA/USHPA participation at the Berkeley Festival held the last week-end of July. Instructors and tandems are encouraged to participate, advertise, show videos and recruit new pilots.


Dan R – Site Director

·         Dan proposed participating in the North Launch cleanup at Dunlap. After a discussion questioning who uses the North Launch, what kind of cleanup is needed, and what kind of tools are necessary, the consensus was: we are not interested in the North Launch.


Old and New Business

  • A new pilot asked what are the recommended Fly-in’s for beginners (P2)?
    • Answer: Dunlap is P3 or P2 sponsored.
    • From Jug A.: Coming to the Cross Country League is a good opportunity to improve your skills.
  • Email from Jeff: The main person responsible at Hat Creek is retiring, and someone needs to step in, in order to keep contact with the Rangers and work to the flying permit. The consensus is that Wally A is well aware of the issues and we depend on him to tell us if there is something to be done.
  • John would like to have the Mission site rating reduced to P3, and asked what could be done by BAPA for that. The consensus was nothing.
  • Jug A introduced the XC League, which is starting this month.
  • Jug A also encouraged members, wishing to bring a topic before the USHPA Board of Directors, to talk to him. (The spring meeting is being held this month.)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


The entertainment was a presentation by Honza Rejmanek on the Red Bull X-Alps Race in Europe.

Susan K introduced Honza.

The Red Bull X-Alp Race is held every other year. Honza participated 3 times (2007, 2009, and 2011) and is training for the 2013 race.

He will be helped partially thru the funding of the American Paragliding team.

People present were encouraged to donate cash.

Below is how you can contact Honza


2101 Dinosaur Place

Davis, CA, 95616

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Tel: (530) 204-8443