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BAPA Meeting Minutes – March 8, 2016

 Meeting held at Red Lobster, Milpitas, CA. 

13 members in attendance in person and  4 attendants over video streaming

 Meeting called to order at 7:40 pm

The meeting was presided over by Dave McMillan, President


First time attendee:

One pilot from Texas and one pilot from Azerbaijan

Guests of Honor

Jugdeep Aggarwal USHPA Director for Region 2 

2.Officer and Contributor Reports:

      Dave McMillan on behalf  of Treasurer: Robin Cushman

      Banks accounts is OK. We donated $5,000 to RRG

Secretary: Daniel Bremond

About MountUmunhum: Things progress slowly


Activities Director: Ross Strickland

Since the meeting, the Activities calendar has been published.

Next BAPA meeting will be in Redwood City in a new location.


Membership coordinator : Susan Kent

There are 171 people on the membership roster, but at least 30 people have yet to renew.


Dave McMillan on behalf of Safety Director: Jesse Meyer

The previous year Risk Management Plan need to be updated


3.Old Business

BAPA donated $5,000 for the RRG. A discussion took place about how Instructors and Student will be covered by the new insurance. No formal answer as things are still moving.

 4. New Business:

G-Force machine:

Jug has been unable to find a location in the Bay Area


Tree Rescue Kit:

Available on demand


Tollhouse Work Party:

We need to organize one before summer

 The meeting was adjourned at 8:33 PM

5. The entertainment part of the meeting was a presentation of the Sprint League by Jug Aggarwal.

 6. Annexes

The full meeting can be streamed at the following url:

Last version to date (3/31/2016) of the Activity Calendar

§                     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]

BAPA Meeting Minutes – Jan 13, 2016

BAPA Meeting Minutes – January 13, 2016

 Meeting held at Red Lobster, Milpitas, CA. 

29 members in attendance in person

1 attendant over the phone

And for the first time 7 attendants over video streaming

 Meeting called to order at 7:33pm

The meeting was presided over by Dave McMillan, President

Minutes reported by Daniel Bremond, Secretary.


The following attendees were introduced

First time attendee:

Ross Strickland

Guests of Honor

Julie Spiegler USHPA Project Manager

Josh Cohn USHPA Director for Region 2

Jugdeep Aggarwal USHPA Director for Region 2

                        Attending by phone: Mark Forbes USHPA Insurance Chairman and Treasurer
            2016 Bapa Officers

New  Officers

Vice President: Sophie Bourgoin

Activities Director: Ross Strickland

            Re-elected Officers

Treasurer: Robin Cushman
Secretary: Daniel Bremond

Safety Director: Jesse Meyer

Not present today ;Site Director: Dan Retz

And of course President: David McMillan

Other BAPA Contributors

                        Mount Tamalpais Site Administrator : Wally Anderson

                        Mount Diablo Site Administrator: Ed Wilson

                        Membership coordinator : Susan Kent

   2.Officer and Contributors Reports:

Treasurer: Robin Cushman

At the end of 2015 $8900 in banks accounts. Yesterday $9300.

The difference is due to renewals coming and some site insurances for 2016 not yet paid.


Safety Director: Jesse Meyer

Just a statement: Keep up safe


Activities Director: Ross Strickland

Working on the activities schedule.

Expects to publish the calendar for the March meeting.


Membership coordinator : Susan Kent

Out of the 165 members at the end of 2015, 95 have already renewed their membership.

Members having not renewed will be removed from the roster in March.

Susan suggested to stop delivering yearly site stickers.

After discussion it was agreed to suspend delivery of site stickers for 2016.


3.Old Business

Holliday Party:

The Holliday Party at the BrightWorkSchool in San Francisco was great.

David moved to allocate the same amount that last year $250 to the school

for the cleaning. The motion was seconded and passed.

 4. New Business:

In kind donations:

A pilot proposed to donate to BAPA a used glider. Then BAPA could sell it and use the money.

After discussion, it was decided that BAPA will not do it, and it was suggested that the donor

gives to other charity .


Risk Management Plans:

On the beginning of each year, we need to update the Risk Management Plan

for each site we use,  regardless we insure them or not..

In the past, the Site Manager provided the previous year Plans to each Site Manager

in order to update them.

This will be more critical this year with the new insurance, and we expect to have

to address the particularities of each site with more details.


And finally, the hot topic: Donation to USHPA for the RRG insurance:

A long discussion took place; Below are the main points discussed:

Amount of the donation: between $5000 and $7000

Amount needed to keep in case of rainy day. Up to $2000.

Examples of rainy days in the past.

Reserve needed for the day to day business to balance incomes and expenses.

Matching donations outside (asking other matching companies to match BAPA donation).

Matching donations inside (BAPA matches BAPA member donations)

It was decided for both: No, it is to late.

However someone says that donors can ask Jackson Hole Chapter to match their donation.

Finally the following motion was adopted by more than 20 yes, one no.

Out of the 7 peoples on line 3 of them supported the motion:

Motion: BAPA will donate immediately $5000 out of its reserves.

If necessary, BAPA can donate $2000 more at the discretion of a majority of the BAPA Officers.


5. And replacing the entertainment part of the meeting:

Live questions over the phone to Mark Forbes about the insurance.

The overall answer from Mark:

The situation with the previous insurance is still evolving.

We do not have today all the answers, but we will work hard, and the intention of USHPA is

to solve all the insurance problems.

 The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 PM



Minutes - BAPA Meeting - October 10th, 2015:

Minutes submitted by Dave McMillan, BAPA President
Meeting was held in the Mussel Rock parking lot and attended by approximately 45-50 members and non-member coastal pilots.  
 Meeting started at 6:15pm.
1. Officer Reports:
            -Treasurer - Approx $8000 +/- in bank account, finances are good.
             -President’s Report - See items 2-8 below.
             -Other Officers not present
2. BAPA Officer Nominations for 2016
-All 2015 officers were re-nominated for 2016,
except for Vice President and Activities Director
-Need candidates for Vice President and Activities Director, please consider volunteering for these vacant positions, if interested please let Dave McMillan know.
3. BAPA December Holiday Party
-Looking for location to hold the party on Saturday evening, December 5th, 2015
-Gever Tulley volunteered Brightworks in San Francisco for the location of the party.
4. Big Sur Monster Mash Fly-In, October 31 weekend
-BAPA has the largest group campsite at Plaskett Creek Campground reserved for Friday and Saturday nights of Halloween weekend.
 Please RSVP to Dave McMillan if you haven’t already to get on the Evite list for coordinating food, carpools, etc.
5. Website updates
             -BAPA Website still needs updating, Dave McMillan to get update on progress.
6. NorCal Free Flight Film Festival
-BAPA to donate $400 to the NCFFFF
7. Safety at Mussel Rock
-How do we reduce accidents and blowbacks?  
-Blowbacks are the biggest problem and most common occurrence at Mussel Rock and blowbacks also create the largest amount of liability exposure to keeping the site open and claims on USHPA insurance.  
-Most of the blowbacks are from visiting pilots.  It is our responsibility to protect our site and to help the visiting pilots fly safely.  If you see a visiting pilot that you don’t know, introduce yourself and try to get a read on the pilot’s experience and attitude and help prevent the pilot from doing something that could endanger our site.
-It was suggested that a small sign in the parking lot in the center gathering area could be placed on the beach cleanup pole that could be short and sweet with information including a link to Jeff Greenbaum’s Mussel Rock website and also the danger of blowbacks.
8. Fort Funston Discussion
-BAPA has had numerous face-to-face discussions over the last several months with the Fellow Feathers in order to come up with an agreement for the Fellow Feathers to support removing the northern boundary restriction at the Stables flying site.
-The use permits for Funston and the Stables expire at the end of 2015 after being temporarily extended.
-Discussions have come to a stalemate with the Fellow Feathers, the Fellow Feathers do not agree with lifting the boundary at the Stables.
-The unanimous desire of BAPA and the non-member coastal pilots is to keep Mussel Rock unregulated in its current state.
-BAPA’s current position with respect to Funston and the Stables is to leave the status quo in place with respect to the use permits with the GGNRA.
-Relations with HGs and PGs in the air have been excellent this year, everyone agreed that the future goal is to keep things safe and courteous for everyone in the air.
-If PGs choose to fly to Funston, it was agreed to respect the HGs launching and landing and to generally, “not be a dick”.  Fly with respect to other aircraft, and adhere to USHPA free flight guidelines and FAR 103 regulations.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm

BAPA July 8 Meeting Minutes

BAPA Meeting Minutes – July 8, 2015

 The meeting was held at Red Lobster in Milpitas , CA.

 The Meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm

In attendance were 6 BAPA pilots and two guests of honor:

Martin Palmaz  CEO of USHPA on a business trip in the Bay Area,

Steve Rodrigues USHPA Secretary, Director at Large and Fellow Feathers’ s


 The meeting was presided over by Susan Kent, Vice President.

The detailed agenda was prepared by President Dave McMillan travelling. 

 Officer Reports

Vice President/Membership – Susan Kent

Meeting attendance

The attendance recently has not been what we have expected.

As an incentive, can we publish the agenda one week in advance?

Should we use a teleconference mode? If yes, what software are available?



Go-to Meeting



Should we move the time to 7:30 or 8:00 PM ?

 Activities (on behalf of Will, absent):

1) Hat Creek Fly-in was cancelled this year due to a lack of interest. 

Only 4 pilots responded.

What happened this year? Are people not interested in Hat Creek?

Was the weekend a bad date?

 2) Big Sur Fly-in is scheduled for October 30 - November 1.

We have reserved the biggest group campsite at Plaskett Creek scheduled for

Friday and Saturday nights. There is a lot of room for tents, etc, it’s huge!

 If bringing RVs or trailers we suggest booking separate campsites asap.

 3) Ed Levin Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd. Spread the word.

Anyone interested in paragliding is welcome.

It is a good way to get interested people into the sport.

BAPA will provide food and drinks. Dave McMillan and Susan Kent will be

out of the country during this date, so we need a volunteer who can step up

to organize the event. It is easy and a lot of fun!

 Other Officer Reports – None

 Old business

 Berkeley Kite Festival is July 25-26th. It is a big festival with 30,000+ people

expected. Chip Sheppard has reserved a booth, but has gotten no interest in

local pilots for volunteering at the event. If no other pilots step up to the plate,

Chip will cancel our booth.

This is a huge opportunity to expose members of the public to our sport.

Daniel pointed out that he is surprised by the lack of interest from professional

paragliding instructors who are missing a big opportunity to recruit students.

Following the discussion Chip confirmed that he will cancel the reservation.

 Bapa Website:

We have volunteers (for coding?) but no Project Manager.

We are still looking for a Full Project  Owner.

 BAPA Facebook page

Dave  McMillan wants to convert FB page from a “like” page to a “group” page.

Dave hasn’t that time to do this and isn’t that savvy on FB.

Any help would be appreciated if someone wants to help.

Since the meeting, Susan Kent created a new  Bay Area Paragliding Association

Public Group on Facebook that can be accessed at the following url:

BAPA Meeting venue

We need  a new venue for SF/Peninsula meetings.

Attendance has been mediocre in this location.

Maybe do a Survey Monkey to our members to get an idea on how to get

better meeting participation?

Someone suggested to use the same location that Fellow Feathers use at the

Sharp Park Golf Course.

Also it was suggested that we rename the meeting to Pizza Party, and have

a BBQ at Mussel Rock after flying time. BAPA could pay for pizzas

 New business

 Violation of rules at Mount Tam

A  visiting pilot violated the rules at Mt Tam and has been suspended

indefinitely until BAPA specifies the length of suspension.

The visiting pilot, a P5 and rated instructor flew the site without a sticker, and

launched into the fog with no beach visible. The violations were witnessed on

launch by the President of the Marin Hang Gliding Association.

Dave McMillan and BAPA Officers will coordinate further action with Wally

Anderson, the BAPA Site Administrator of Mt Tam.

After discussion it was voted to suspend the pilot for one year.

 Fatality at Mussel Rock

There was a PG fatality at Mussel Rock on Sunday May 17th.

A Japanese pilot crashed at the point below the old road just north of the

Walker and Lemming launches. USHPA has set up an accident investigation.

2015 has been a very bad year for PG and HG fatalities in the US.

Please be safe out there.

 Participation in BAPA

Dave McMillan would like more local pilots to consider becoming active in BAPA.

It is important for pilots to volunteer in the local club to make our club

successful. You don’t need to have hundreds of hours or be a P4 pilot to

participate in BAPA, only a desire to give back to the community.

We have a small number of people who do much of the work and we can use

more help. If anyone is interested in helping out, please reach out to

Dave McMillan, Susan Kent or any of the other officers.

 Fort Funston Negotiations between BAPA and Fellow Feathers

BAPA would like  to remove the northern boundary on the permit for flying

The Stables.

We have put an offer on the table with Fellow Feathers that in exchange for

removing the boundary we would agree to put the “rule of six” into

The Stables use permit.

Dave McMillan would like to vote on putting this “rule of six” into The Stables

permit, only if we are allowed to remove the Northern boundary on The Stables

permit. This proposal is also supported by David Sondergeld, site administrator

of The Stables.

 As the quorum was not reached, the proposal could not be voted on and this

topic will need to be revisited in the future.

 Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm

 The entertainment part of the meeting was Susan Kent reporting on her Slovenia

Paragliding Trip

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