- TPSC rep: Kim Mccoy
- Black Mountain CAC: Dave Metzgar, Antonella Zampolli (Incumbents)
- Website: Steve Rohrbaugh, Nik Hawks, Philip Wessinger, Christopher Smith
- Social Committee: Angela Albota, Bill Davis, Christopher Smith, Heather DeCourcy, Josh Gelb
- XC Competition: Bill Helliwell / Jeff Brown / Eric Kolberg
It helps to direct what we as Club Members want the Club to be and set some direction. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns about the SDHGPA & its direction, please let us know. by talking with one of the Bard Members or come to the meetings. If you offered to help or are willing to help, please reach out and we will try to get you involved. Help is always appreciated.
Willing to Help with:
Site Brief - Bill Helliwell
Laguna - all new State Park folks, Bill talked to a temporary ranger about existing permit, sent to Heidi, got form letter on how to apply for a permit instead of info on existing permit, tried to clarify. We have heard nothing. Assuming permit is still valid. Chief Ranger position appears to be open.
Activities & Calendar was discussed and set for the Next 3 months:
SDHGPA New Year Fly-in & Awards @ Palomar - Saturday, February 3:
4-part Clinic Series with the final part being a Laguna intro Flying Day:
Spring Fly-in : Tentative Dates: May 5th or June 2nd
Other items in planning to be added soon:
- HG – PG 1st Responder class in the planning stages (no date set)
- LB Trail Work Party will be scheduled in the next few months.
- Palomar Launch Work Party will be scheduled in the next few months.
- 4th WX station is slated to be installed at LB post proper approvals.
- The Laguna flying day will be a good intro to Laguna for P3+ pilots.
- All P3 pilots wanting to fly must be signed up and pre-cleared to fly. Also, All Pilots wanting to fly must attend the prerequisite SDHGPA XC Clinic talks at the Feb and March Meetings.
- P2 & new P3 pilots or others not feeling up to Laguna may Join the Clinic however will not be Flying on the Laguna Fly-day, but rather observing at the site and driving to learn the routes and logistics required. (Will still be a great and impressive learning experience.)
Dues adjustment discussion: We’re low for clubs with actively maintained sites. Maintained sites with outhouses, groomed launches, etc, are usually much more. Suggestions to have daily fees for visiting pilots floated, but detractors pointed out that daily fees are unlikely to be paid daily without site monitors to collect. Noted that primary purpose should be compliance rather than income, to decrease risk of uninsured accidents. Steve R proposed week should be $10, month $20, year $40.
Round-up of other Club Dues for comparison:
- Crestline/ AJ (single site): $100 annual, $10 / day,
- Symar/ Kagle (single site): $75 Annual, $40 month, $10 /Day,
- Saboba (single site): $65 Annual
- Santa Barbara: $30 Flat Annual but is also structured that all need to fly with a site guide/ instructors for + $/day (locals included even at the training hill for kitting there) and the club has very little overhead as they only carry insurance for the training hill.
- Central Cal Dunlap/Tollhouse: $100 Y, $10 / Day
- Bay Area PA: $30 Annual + $20-40 per site sticker (fly more sites, pay more and some sites have higher overhead costs)
- Marina (one site): 30Y flat (little to no Maint) + need to pay a State Park fee to use the site. $195 annual pass
- Rogue Valley HGPA: $60 Annual local, visiting pilot annual $30, visiting pilot 7-day $20
- Arizona: $50 Annual, $25 M, $10 W, $5 D
- Utah HGPA: $50 Annual, $25 week, $5 day
3. One additional WX station this year after Proper Approvals at Little Black. (Motion Passed)
Discussion Notes: Weather stations - 3 up and running. Blossom proposed as next target but iffy because we have no permission on appropriate sites. So, Little Black was selected as next target. Dave and Anto will ask Ed and CAC at next meeting if we can put one somewhere well off-trail and out of sight from the parking lot, etc. Maybe on the ridge below and slightly south of launch. Station for Little Black would be another Ultrasonic wind sensor like Palomar & Laguna. Initial cost would be about 1.3K including installation costs.
Discussion Notes: Palomar needs a DG fill on launch, to cover stubs and rocks. AstroTurf from worn football field was suggested (However, would need to be a natural color and blend in with the surroundings so recycled field turf wold likely not meet the pre approved criteria) Or Landscape Fabric (in beige/ light brown color) Or 3/4 in gravel. No carpet. All options have good examples of effective use at launches here or elsewhere, but must be acceptable to the tribe. In our Palomar Use Agreement , Artificial turf is pre-approved in concept, but would need to be in a “natural color.” James Goodpasture (Pala Tribe Program Manager that worked on the original launch improvement project) might have leftover DG or gravel from a nearby site. Steve R will call to check on cost and delivery options/cost. Seems like using a tribal source and DG/gravel rather than artificial material like AstroTurf, carpet, or landscape fabric would decrease potential rejection by the tribe? Note: Additional Improvement project proposals beyond Site Maintenance need to be cleared through the Tribal Council.
6. Approved Schools for SDHGPA sites will be given a certificate/ Vehicle ID / Parking Pass to indicate the sites they are allowed to launch or land at commercially as outlined in the SDHGPA School Requirement protocols. Includes any form of instruction for money or consideration. Observation of uncertified / non verified instruction (ie, instruction of groups of students, tandems for hire, and traveling guided groups) in the absence of displayed certificates should be communicated to SDHGPA and in turn USHPA RDs. This includes visiting instructor travel guide/ XC Clinic tours/ Comp & League events. Those tours and events need to provide event insurance to cover our Landowners for those activities. If They do not, they are not following site protocols and putting our sites at risk.
Note that expenses and improvement projects at Palomar, Horse, Little Black, Laguna, and Big Black are scaled to balance the budget each year. Annual and Temporary Memberships overall have been declining over the past 3 years.