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2016 Calendar

** Corrected **
There was a mistake with the Owens Valley XC League date. It was previously stated as being 10/24-10/26, the correct dates are 9/24-9/26. This has been updated on the calendar, and the tentative kiting clinic date has been moved as well.
 
Hey pilots!
 
Here is a list of BAPA, Sprint/XC League, and other events for the coming year. These will show up on the BAPA site calendar as well. Some of the events are marked as tentative, and the details of others may be subject to change, but this should give a good idea of what we're up to this year! I will post additional information for each event as they come up.
 
  • 3/26-3/27  --  Sprint League event (Dunlap)
  • 4/16-4/17  --  XC and Sprint League event (Dunlap)
  • 4/23  --  Earth Day beach clean-up (Mussel Rock) [BAPA]
  • 4/30-5/1  --  Spring Fly-In (Dunlap) [BAPA]
  • 5/7-5/8  --  Sprint League event (Potato Hill)
  • 5/11  --  Bi-monthly meeting (Redwood City) [BAPA]
  • 5/14-5/15  --  Tentative Tollhouse work party [BAPA]
  • 5/21-5/22  --  XC League (Potato Hill)
  • 6/4-6/5  --  Tentative 2nd spring fly-in (Potato Hill) [BAPA]
  • 6/11-6/12  --  Sprint League (Tollhouse or Potato Hill)
  • 6/18  --  Rat Race sprint (Woodrat, OR)
  • 6/19-6/25  --  Rat Race sprint (Woodrat, OR)
  • 7/4  --  4th of July BBQ (Mussel Rock) [BAPA]
  • 7/13  --  Bi-monthly meeting (Milpitas) [BAPA]
  • 7/16-7/17  --  Summer Fly-In (Hat Creek) [BAPA]
  • 7/30-7/31  --  XC League (Tollhouse)
  • 8/20-8/21  --  XC League (Tahoe)
  • 8/27  --  Ed Levin picnic [BAPA]
  • 9/3  --  Tentative kiting clinic (TBD) [BAPA]
  • 9/10-9/11  --  Fall Fly-In (Dunlap or Potato Hill) [BAPA]
  • 9/14  --  Bi-monthly meeting (Redwood City) [BAPA]
  • 9/17  --  Coastal cleanup (Mussel Rock) [BAPA]
  • 9/24-9/26  --  XC League (Owens Valley)
  • 10/29-10/30  --  Monster Mash (Big Sur) [BAPA]
  • 11/9  --  Bi-monthly meeting (Milpitas) [BAPA]
  • 12/3  --  Holiday party (TBD) [BAPA]
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or have ideas for events to add to this years' calendar! You can reach me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Hope to see y'all soon!
 
Ross Strickland
BAPA Activities Coordinator

Next BAPA Meeting - Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 in Milpitas - 6:30pm

Hello BAPA Members and Bay Area Pilots,

This is a reminder of our upcoming BAPA bi-monthly meeting next Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at Red Lobster in Milpitas.  Please note that this meeting will be on a slightly different day and week of our normal schedule. 
 
I know a lot of pilots have difficulty getting to BAPA meetings due to traffic after work so the official meeting will not start until 7:30pm.  We will have the private room at Red Lobster 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 yet a paraglider) you are always welcome to come by and see what we are all about. 
 
Are you interested in flying cross-country?  Have you been flying for a while and want to progress to the next level but don't know how to get there?  Are you ready to explore the skies and lose sight of the LZ?  Or are you a new pilot to the area and just want to join up with other XC-minded folks?  If your answer is yes to any of these questions you will definitely want to attend this meeting.  NorCal's world-famous Jug Aggarwal (mentioned in this year's Cross Country Magazine's Travel Guide!) will be here to discuss the upcoming Sprint and XC Leagues for 2016.  Bring all of your questions to Jug!

Please come and also spread the word, it should be a fantastic meeting.  We will try to also have an A/V setup similar to the last meeting so that people can attend remotely.  Details on the A/V web links to come later.  

Details are as follows:
6:30pm - Social Hour begins
7:30pm - Official Meeting begins
Immediately following the meeting – Sprint/XC League Presentation by Jug

Location:
Red Lobster
503 E Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
408-942-0781

If you have any questions please contact me directly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), otherwise I look forward to seeing you all at Red Lobster in Milpitas!

Dave McMillan
BAPA President

BAPA Holiday Party - Saturday, December 5th, 2015 in San Francisco

Members,

On Saturday, December 5th at 7pm we'll be having the annual BAPA Winter Holiday party.  It is a great way for you to meet up with all your paragliding friends during the non-flying winter.

BAPA will provide a main course while members are asked to contribute side dishes and beverages (beer, wine, soda, etc).  So please bring the snack, meal, sweet or fluid that strikes your fancy.  Also, please send me an email  to tell me you are coming, so we have a rough idea of the number of people attending.

For the second time, we are having the party at Brightworks (Gever Tulley's School) in San Francisco - so it should be reasonably centered in the Bay Area.  Additional information on Brightworks, parking, food prep, etc is listed at the end of this email.......

Party Details:
Date:          Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Time:          7:00pm
Location:    Brightworks, 1960 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA 94110

See you all there, and don't forget to email me to tell me you are coming!
 
Dave McMillan
BAPA President

Next BAPA Meeting - Next Wednesday, January 13th in Milpitas - 6:30pm

Hello BAPA Members and Bay Area Pilots,

This is a reminder of our upcoming BAPA bi-monthly meeting next Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at Red Lobster in Milpitas. 
 
Our main agenda item will be the discussion of using BAPA's reserves to support USHPA's new self-insurance initiative.  As you all know (hopefully), we will lose almost all of our local sites unless USHPA can fund the new insurance pool.  We will be discussing how much of our reserves to donate and also how to maximize our member participation by using our reserves to match member contributions.  As I mentioned in a previous email, this is a critical issue for all of us and I would like to get as much participation as possible.
 
I know a lot of pilots have difficulty getting to BAPA meetings due to traffic after work.  I am therefore pushing the meeting back a bit from our normal schedule to 7:30pm.  We will have the private room at Red Lobster 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.

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

Location:
Red Lobster
503 E Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
408-942-0781
 
Please make a serious effort to attend the meeting as the allocation of BAPA's reserves mandate the support of a large amount of our members.  I want as many of us to be on the same page as possible, which is doing what it takes to keep our flying sites open without interruption!

If you have any questions please contact me directly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), otherwise I look forward to seeing you all at Red Lobster in Milpitas!

Dave McMillan
BAPA President

BAPA 2016 Officer Elections - Please Vote!

BAPA Members,
 
The 2016 BAPA Officer Elections are now underway. Remember that our ballots are done online now - you need to log in to the Members Only area in order to vote. (This is not a fancy system like USHPA uses, so just use your normal BAPA Member Login info.)
Once you have logged in, there is a link to the Ballot in the top menu bar, and also in the right-side Members-Only Menu. Or, click this link: http://sfbapa.org/ballot
If you decide to change your vote you can just submit a new ballot - only the last ballot you cast is counted. Remember: even though all the current officers are running unopposed, please show your support of their willingness to volunteer for these jobs by voting!
While you're logged in, it's not too early to Renew your BAPA membership! Don't forget to review your contact info and make sure it's all still correct.
Votes need to be in by noon on December 12th, 2015 to be counted.
 
Dave McMillan
BAPA President