BAPA November 7, 2012 Meeting Minutes

 Written by Daniel Bremond

The meeting was held at Round Table Pizza in Milpitas.

 The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

In attendance were 21 persons made up of 18 club members, 1 pilot's relative, 1 not-yet-pilot, and 1 not-anymore pilot.

The meeting was presided by Susan K .

Old and New Business

Susan announced the agenda and then asked everybody to introduce themselves.

Jerry Schimke, not anymore flying since his accident in 2003 followed by a veto from his wife, gave away his impressive collection of Hang gliding and Paragliding magazines.

Jugdeep Aggarwal reminded everyone that he is running for USHPA Board of Directors for region 2 and asked for our votes.

He recalled the voting process below.

Election information for Regional Directors have been sent


USHPA Regional Director online voting opens on October 1st.

The deadline for casting your vote is December 17th.

Your personal log-in information has been mailed to you from USHPA.

Pick your favorite candidate (Jug, of course) and cast your online vote at



Officer Reports:

Susan K - President

Susan K and 3 other selected club members will meet Friday November 9 with a representative of GGNRA to have a guided tour of Mussel Rock .

Dave M - Activities

Dave summarized the past and coming events on the calendar:

Last meeting entertainment: "

A presentation about Do's and Don’ts if you are first on scene after an accident", was very interesting

Sept 15: Costal cleanup at Mussel Rock

Sept 22-23: Potato Hill Fly-in. This year people stayed at Saint Nicholas Ranch.

Oct 6: Kiting clinic in Valejo. Very successful, more than 20 people participated.

Oct 27-28: Big Sur Fly-in. The weather was exceptionally good. 25-30 people attended.

Future event list:

BAPA Christmas Party December 1st at RJ Mical's house in Redwood City. More details to come.

An EMT training from the person who participated to our last meeting. Sometime in winter, 6-8 hours on Saturday. No certification.

There is a demand for a reserve repack clinic and for a reserve tossing clinic. Susan K will look into both.

Ricardo S - Treasurer

The association counts 156 members to date.

We are ready to send out notices for Membership renewal.

Daniel B - Secretary

Reported the progress on Mount Umunhum public access (and flying).

After a short discussion BAPA decided to do not make any move, just monitor the progress for now due to the length of this process.

BAPA Officers nominations and election.

Like USHPA, we could say….



The following members were nominated as candidate for the yearly election:


Susan Kent, President

Haynes (Chip) Sheppard, Vice President

Ricardo Salinas, Treasurer

Dan Retz Site, Director

Jesse Meyer, Safety Director

Dave McMillan, Activities Director

Daniel Bremond, Secretary

BAPA Officers online voting is already open. (Thank you Julie S. our webmaster)

The deadline for casting your vote is noon December 1st.

Use your personal log-in information to access the BAPA website at http://sfbapa.org/bapa-officer-ballot

Pick your favorite candidates (Nominated officers or write-in) and cast your online vote.


Members announcements

Dan Retz presented few slides about his participation (with Katie Bush) in a project named Wing of Kilimanjaro.

A unique opportunity to fly out of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as a reward of fundraising for charity activities.

A motion passed to allocate $200 to Dan.

In order to support the annual Norcal Free Flight Film Festival a motion passed to allocate $400.

We are still looking for a volunteer Webmaster to take over Julie S duties.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

The entertainment was several short films from last year Norcal Free Flight Festival.


Ed Levin Picnic - Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Ed Levin Fly-in, Picnic, Social, and Spot Landing Contest

Come join the fun on September 7th at Ed Levin!!!  BAPA is sponsoring a fly-in, picnic, and social at Ed Levin on Saturday, September 7th. New P2s and P3s are especially encouraged to attend and come meet other newer pilots.  Although sponsored by BAPA, you DO NOT have to be a BAPA member to attend. You do have to have a signed WOR waiver and have your current WOR sticker to fly there. Otherwise just come for the picnic and social.

There will also be a spot landing contest and observers available for anyone who wants to try to get spots for their licenses.

Here are the details:

When:  Saturday, September 7th, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm flying. Picnic starts at 12:30 pm.

Where: Ed Levin County Park. Picnic Tables

What: Fly-in, Picnic, Spot landing contest, Observed Spots for licenses.

Spot Landing Contest: Lowest distance of 3 flights.  Landings must be controlled. Crashing, skidding, butt landings, are not counted. You must land on your feet, but stumbling may be allowed according to the judges discretion. Prizes will be awarded.

Who:  All pilots, family, spouses, significant others, and well behaved kids are welcome. Newer P2s and P3s are especially welcome and encouraged to come meet each other no matter who you had for an instructor. Instructors are welcome.  Bring the whole family and have a good time. 

Why:  Meet other pilots and hang out and have a good time.

Food:  BAPA will provide sandwich fixings, sodas, and water.  Please bring a side dish such as salads, cheese and crackers, and desserts.

RSVP:  If you plan to attend, please email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and tell me the number of people who are coming.

Come join the fun!

Dave McMillan

BAPA Activities Director

September 2012 BAPA Meeting Minutes


BAPA Meeting



September 12, 2012 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 7:30 p.m.

In attendance were 8 club members including 2 new pilots.

Susan K flying the Dolomites (Italy) and Chip C in business trip were excused.

The meeting was presided by Dave M.


Old and New Businesses

Dave asked the new pilots to introduce themselves.

  • Karen flies since 3 months with Jeff.
  • Fred is a returning Hang glider and Paraglider pilot.


Dave reported the demand of GGNRA to have a guided tour of Mussel Rock with BAPA officer(s).

Christmas Party: We are still looking for a place.

BAPA Elections: It is time to renew the board. Assignments renewable last one calendar year.

Officer positions to fill: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Site Director, Safety Director and Activities Director.

Anyone wishing to serve is invited to apply by contacting Susan K.


BAPA dues: The actual system needs some attention and may be modified.

Due to the lack of corum (15 members needed), the discussion was not followed by a vote, and the item will be on the agenda for the next meeting.


Webmaster: We are still looking for a volunteer to replace Julie S who would like to be excused.

Dave is still working for a First Responder Class to be held one Saturday in winter.


Officer Reports

Ricardo S - Treasurer

The association counts 153 members to date.

Bank account OK.


Dave M - Activities

Dave recalled the past and coming events on the calendar:


  • Dunlap held 8/26, attended by 15-18 pilots was successful.
  • 19 pilots participated to the Ed Levin Picnic on September 8. The Spot Landing contest was canceled due to bad wind, but the price was awarded to the volunteer driver.


Future events list:

  • Coastal cleanup held since the meeting on 9/15.
  • Potato Hill Fly-in is moved to Dunlap due to the past fire. The date is 9/22-23. Since the meeting St Nicholas Ranch as been selected as hotel/camping location and the official invitation has been sent.
  • Elk Mountain Fly-in 9/28-30.
  • Kitting Clinic in Valeo 10/6. The Invitation has been sent since the meeting.
  • Big Sur Monster Mash Fly-in 10/27-28.
  • Next BAPA meeting in South Bay 11/7.


Daniel B - Secretary

There will be another Mount Umunhum public meeting on 9/19 in Menlo Park.

Daniel plans to attend, representing BAPA and himself as WOR member, in order to secure the flying privilege listed in the plan.

Anybody interested in attending or speaking is more than welcome. Since the meeting the email invitation has been forwarded to the SFBAPA list.


Members comments

Garrett, a Speed-Flying pilot shared his concerns about the behavior of some not-BAPA-member sky-divers who fly Mussel Rock.

They drive up to the top of the ridge and cross fences (Trespassing) to access the launching area.

The expected behavior is to reach the launching area by hiking from Mussel Rock park.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


The entertainment part was a presentation by Sean O'Connor, a Paramedic and Firefighter in San Carlos about Do's and Don’ts if you are first on scene after an accident.


Next BAPA Fly-in at Dunlap - August 24-25, 2013

Hello Pilots!

The next BAPA Fly-in will be held at Dunlap, August 24th-25th, 2013. 

Dunlap is one of the most consistent sites around.  Note that Dunlap is a P-3 site.  Please RSVP to me asap at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're thinking about coming to Dunlap, and I'll set up an Evite with all the respondents early next week.  We will do all the fly-in coordination via the Evite.

We will be staying at St. Nicholas Ranch in the Dunlap Valley.  More information on St. Nicks is here: http://www.stnicholasranch.org/

St. Nicks has camping and dorm rooms for $15 per person per night.  There are also lodge rooms available for $70 per night.  For Saturday dinner we will most likely be doing a Potluck dinner if St. Nicks can accomodate that.

If unfamiliar with Dunlap, please read up on 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.

When you RSVP, please let me know your accommodation preference, ie camping/dorm/lodge room at St. Nicks or staying elsewhere.

Dave McMillan
BAPA Activities Director

BAPA Kiting Clinic - Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Mark your calendars - Kiting clinic in Vallejo on Saturday, August 3.  Followed by site-intros at nearby flying sites.
Thanks Joe Cruz for the video of our 2012 clinic:  http://youtu.be/MYZb8sIvAFc

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David McMillan
BAPA Activities Director