All Content

New Webcam Pointed at Cheetah Ridge

The new webcam is now up and running at its new address: http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/CheetahRidge/1/show.html

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:
http://www.mercurynews.com/sunnyvale/ci_25379594/measure-aa-calls-300-million-bond-open-space
- 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 http://www.santacruzparagliding.com

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.

SF BAPA Fly-In, Dunlap, CA, May 2-3 2015

Hello Members!

The next BAPA Fly-In will be held at Dunlap on May 2nd-3rd 2015.  

Dunlap is one of the most consistent sites around.  Note that Dunlap is a P-3 site, though P-2 pilots may fly there with qualified sponsors and supervision - and best arranged in advance.  Please RSVP if you're thinking about coming to Dunlap, and we will set up an Evite with all the respondents the week prior to the fly-in for coordination.

SF BAPA has obtained reservations for our group at St Nicholas Ranch. There will be dorm rooms for men and women for $15 per night, and more private lodge rooms at $70 per night.

St Nick’s can also provide our group a hearty breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as a full dinner Saturday evening. The meals are quite reasonable - I believe $10 for full breakfast and $15 for dinner. St Nick's requires a group of 15 in order to open the kitchen for meals. Note: those pilots choosing to camp in Dan’s LZ can nonetheless participate in meals at St Nicks. Please give advance notice.

As for rides up the hill, we will need to coordinate at the LZ before flying in the mornings, and sort out drivers and retrieves. Please be in the LZ not later than 0900 on Sat and Sun morning, or you may be accidentally left behind. 

We will follow up with more information as we get closer to the event and know how many folks plan to attend.  If you are unfamiliar with Dunlap, please read up the site at www.flyzephyr.com/dunlap.htm and the local club's webpage at www.flydunlap.com/  Note that everyone needs to pay their yearly flying dues to the local club prior to flying at Dunlap. Details can be found at the weblink above.

As a reminder, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you are planning to come to Dunlap!

Thanks,

Will Whitaker
BAPA Activities Director

Additional information