BAPA Dunlap Fly-in, June 2-3, 2012

Hello Members!

The next BAPA Fly-in will be held at Dunlap on June 2nd-3rd. 

Dunlap is one of the most consistent sites around.  Note that Dunlap is a P-3 site.  Please RSVP to me if you're thinking about coming to Dunlap, and I'll set up an Evite with all the respondents the week prior to the fly-in for coordination.

A good place to stay is Sequoia Highlands. This is just a couple of minutes walk from the Dunlap launch location, up on the ridge.  We will need to coordinate on bringing cars down to the LZ before flying in the mornings, so we'll factor that in to our timing.  Sequoia Highlands offers cabins for rent, with bathrooms, kitchens, etc.  Camping is also available at the site with access to bathrooms and showers.  In addition, they have a recreation room, where we gather to eat dinner.  Let's plan to do a Potluck on Saturday night.

Details on Sequoia Highlands are available here...

To make a reservation, it's recommended to call Smoky at 559-336-9425.  A reservation for camping is not required, but cabin's are for sure.

I'll be following up with more information on driving directions and food information as we get closer to the event and know how many are coming.  If 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 me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are planning to come to Dunlap!


Dave McMillan
BAPA Activities Co-Director

MAY 2012, BAPA Meeting Minutes

BAPA Meeting

May 2, 2012 Meeting Minutes 

Written by Daniel Bremond    


The meeting was held at RJ Mical’s house in Redwood City.

BAPA provided pizza and the first beer.  


The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM.

In attendance were 23 club members, including two USHPA Board members for Region 2, Josh Cohn and Patrick Hajeck


Officer Reports:


Susan K- President

Susan thanked RJ Mical for hosting the meeting and asked all members to introduce themselves.


Chip C - Vice President

Chip shown a Thank You card received by BAPA from The Pacific Beach Coalition for our participation at the coastal cleanup day on April 21.


Ricardo S - Treasurer

To date 135 members and $8000+ on the bank account.


Dave M - Activities

Dave thanked Georgette Derdevanis and Don Creasman for leading the Bapa group during the coastal cleanup.

Dave recalled the past and coming events on the calendar:

Potato Hill fly-in on April 21,

Anderson flat fly-in on May 5,

Dunlap fly-in on June 2.

Dave told that he was trying to organize a First Responder Class in 1 day.

Someone proposed to delay this class until fall, time where pilots have more free time (Less opportunity to fly). The suggestion was accepted.


Old Business:



New Business:

A motion to allocate an amount in the range of $900 for the contract with GGNRA for Mori Point and the Stables was moved, seconded, and passed.

A motion to allocate $60 to replace the tarp at Anderson Flat was moved, seconded, and passed.

A motion to grant Dave Alder with a $25 Gift Certificate for his contribution at Mussel Rock (a.k.a. the Dumps) was moved, seconded, and passed.


A long discussion took place about the new USHPA site security requirements.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM



The entertainment was a talk by Rick Cavallaro about using repeaters with a Ham Radio.


Rick sent by email the next day the script of his talk and a VX-170 Cheat sheet that are submitted as an article under the title: "BAPA Meeting (5/12) Attachment".






First 2012 BAPA Fly-in, Potato Hill - April 21st-22nd

The first BAPA fly-in will be held at Potato Hill on April 21st-22nd.  If you haven't already, you have a couple of weeks to dust the wing off and get some practice ahead of getting out to the mountains.

We'll plan a Potluck Dinner on Saturday night.  Please let me know if you plan on attending by replying to (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  The week before I'll set up an Evite with the attendees where we can plan out dinner, work on rides, etc.  

If you have not been to Potato Hill before please look at this link to get more information:

We will be camping at Dixie Glade campground on the side of Potato Hill. There is additional campground room at Letts Lake. The camping is primitive and somewhat remote: there is an outhouse and fire pits but no water, and the nearest store is about 40 minutes away. Please plan to bring all the food and water you will need with you.  There is a 5 dollar per night fee for camping there.

Potato Hill is informally regulated by BAPA and Sonoma Wings and although there are no rating requirements please be aware that it is a (usually) lee side mountain thermal site with an LZ that often has thermic, turbulent air (it's poppy!). If you have little to no mountain experience Potato can be a good place to build your skills but you should plan to fly early in the day and/or in the evening if conditions allow.

See you soon!
David McMillan
BAPA Activities Director

Next BAPA Meeting - Wednesday,May 2, 2012 in Redwood City

Hello BAPA Members and Bay Area Pilots,

This is a reminder of our upcoming BAPA bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.  The meeting will be held at BAPA member RJ Mical's house in Redwood City.  BAPA will be providing pizza and the first beer.  If you would like additional beverages, please feel free to BYOB.

One of the main agenda items will be the discussion of USHPA Insurance Site Assessment and Risk Management.  Immediately following the meeting we will have a presentation by Fermin Romero who will go over basic Ham Radio terminology and how to set up repeaters for 2 meter radios.  It would be a good idea to bring your radio to the meeting.

Please come and also spread the word, it should be a fantastic meeting.  And if you are a new BAPA member (or someone just interested in BAPA) this is a great opportunity to meet other enthusiastic local pilots!  All are welcome.

Details are as follows:
6:30pm - Social Half Hour begins
7:00pm - Official Meeting begins
Immediately following the meeting - Ham Radio and Repeater Presentation

RJ Mical's House
25 Geri Place
Redwood City, CA  94062

As BAPA will be providing some food and beverage for the meeting, I need anyone interested in attending to please RSVP to me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the end of next Tuesday, ideally sooner.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, otherwise I look forward to seeing you all in Redwood City!

Dave McMillan
BAPA Activities Director

Jan 2012 BAPA Meeting Minutes

BAPA Meeting

January 11, 2012 Meeting Minutes 

Written by Daniel Bremond    


The meeting was exceptionaly held on the second Wednesday of the month in order to allow people to recover from the New Year activities.

The meeting was called to order at 7:20 PM.

In attendance were 27 club members.

As decided during the last meeting, BAPA offered the first drink to all members present in time.


Visitors/New Members:

Two new members.


Officer Reports:


Susan K- President

Susan congratulated our two new USHPA BOD members Josh Cohn and Patrick Hajek.

Josh was present at the meeting. Patrick was out of town flying in Mexico.

Read more: Jan 2012 BAPA Meeting Minutes