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May 7, 2014 BAPA Meeting Minutes


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.


Officer Reports:

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   

New Webcam Pointed at Cheetah Ridge

The new webcam is now up and running at its new address:

It looks north with Cheetah Ridge on the left and Westlake in the background on the right. It should give a better perspective of how low the clouds are than the other two Dump/Mussel Rock webcams.

Does anyone out there have an in with the power company?  That top of that power pole looks like a great place for a calibrated windsock.

Rick C.

March 5, 2014 BAPA Meeting Minutes

March  5, 2014 BAPA Meeting Minutes.
Written by Daniel Bremond.   
The meeting was held at  Red Lobster restaurant  in Milpitas.
The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m.
In attendance were 19 paraglider pilots including one new member Wayne, and Bob attending a BAPA meeting for the first time.
The meeting was presided over by President Dave McMillan.

Jugdeep Aggarwal - USHPA Director Region 2 - encouraged anybody having flying concerns to not hesitate to contact him.

Officer Reports:

Susan K – Vice President and Membership Coordinator
There are about  120 renewed members so far.
On behalf of Robin C (treasurer), the finances are in good shape.

Daniel B – Secretary
- The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD), which owns numerous pieces of land including some flying sites and one flying site-to-be (Mount Umunhum), will put a $300 million bond measure (named AA) in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and a portion of unincorporated Santa Cruz County on the June 3, 2014 ballot.
Funds from the ballot measure would be allocated to the top 25 future project areas. The measure requires a two-thirds vote.
The latest news on this subject can be found at the following url:
- USHPA membership renewal options. When you renew in 2014, you are offered  
   o Pilot(US) membership $99.00
   o Pilot International $125.00
After investigations, it appears that if you live in the US. the Pilot membership is $99.00.
The Pilot International option is not an available option for US pilot expecting to travel abroad.

Will W – Activity  Director
- Saturday, March 8 First Responder Workshop. (This workshop has already been held since this meeting.)
- The XC Clinic hosted by Ed Stein and Honza at Mount Vaca was a success.
- Coming up is one  new XC clinic with one day dedicated for lectures. It will be open to more pilots, including P2.
- Coming up is one new kiting clinic Saturday April 5, in conjunction with a PLF clinic in Vallejo.
- Cross Country League and new Sprint League: Registration is now open for both leagues.  More details can be found at

Dave M – President - The Mountain Hardwear Friends and Family Store  is still open to BAPA members.
This store owned by the brand name Columbia sells quality equipments at warehouse prices.  Do not hesitate to visit it for new mountain equipment.
The address is: 
1414 Harbor Way South 
Richmond, CA 94804
- The Facebook Page has been created. Dave is looking for suggestions on how to use it.
- BAPA is still looking for a webmaster to replace Julie who has now accepted an assignment from the USHPA.

Old and New Business
Dunlap (Hot topic)
Dave read an email he received from Steve Rodriguez:
A long discussion followed.
In summary:
Dunlap will be closed April first.
Please do not contact the landowner or his family.
Please do not act. Any action in this direction should be coordinated.
The name of the coordinator will be announced soon.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 p.m.

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