What does the Bay Area Paragliding Association Do?
When I mention BAPA, sometimes people think there is no need for the club and ask what does BAPA do? Here is a list:
- BAPA insures Mori Point and The Stables. The USHPA insurance costs around $300, plus GGNRA charges $900. Not cheap, but the club works to keep those sites open.
- BAPA runs educational seminars, thermal clinics, and fly-ins.
- Example: The Ed Alps and Honza thermal seminar and weather clinic cost $800. Mike Vergalla and Free Flight paid half of that and BAPA paid $400. It was free to everyone. About 50 people attended. This is BAPA bringing expert knowledge and experience to share with all pilots. Again, not cheap but a great contribution to the paragliding community.
- BAPA maintains a website with links and information on local flying sites and activities.
- BAPA sends out a regular newsletter to members letting them know about special events, fly-ins and updates on local paragliding news.
- BAPA ran a thermal clinic at Tollhouse. It will be even better next year.
- BAPA ran the Tollhouse fly-in and the Monster Mash that was just held at Big Sur. BAPA members got a discount on the campground fees.
- BAPA pays for the windsocks and etc. at the Dumps, or reimburses those that pay for them.
- BAPA works to help P2s transition to P3s by having observers available at Ed Levin and by presenting educational activities.
- BAPA gives new pilots and pilots that have just moved to the Bay Area a way to connect to other pilots and figure out where they can fly. Often the BAPA website contact form or the BAPA Facebook page is their first point of contact.
- BAPA members sit on site committees at WOR to represent paragliding pilots needs and support the site needs. WOR pays for insurance for Ed Levin, Mission Peak, and Mt. Diablo. Participation by paragliding pilots helps insures input for paragliding pilots wants and needs.
- BAPA members work as paragliding site admininstrators/assistants for Mt. Tam and Mt. Diablo.
- BAPA members get 30 to 50% discount from the Colombia Friends and Family store in Richmond. Invitations are sent out 3 to 4 times a year. You need to be a BAPA club member to get your discount.
Pioneers in hang gliding and paragliding worked extremely hard to establish flying sites in the Bay Area. Getting permission to fly, dealing with cities, counties, the State and insurance issues is no small task. Thanks to them you can fly locally.
And more. I probably have let out a lot of things. All of the above are done through the hard work of club officers and members to benefit you as a pilot.
Do you have suggestions on what BAPA can do? Get involved!!! Send suggestions and ways to implement them. Participate in the club and help promote the sport.