Great turnout last night for the meeting at New Terrain Brewing. I didn't get an exact head count, but I'd guess there were 40 people with 5 or 6 new faces. Housekeeping
We have over 140 RMHPA members. This is the most members RMHPA has had in a long time. Thanks to everyone who's signed up and paid dues. If you haven't signed up yet, please go to http://rmhpa.org/join/ Main LZ Update
The main LZ continues to be an active construction zone. Work should be finished by July 1st. For now, the LZ is open if
there is no construction equipment or personnel in the landing zone. Sponsorship of new Lookout pilots is available on a case-by-case basis into the main LZ at the discretion of the sponsor. Boulder
-For safety and practicality, all Front Range pilots (Boulder and Lookout) are encouraged to use the same radio frequency: 158.400 DCS 23. If you have questions or need help programming your radio, there are resources available on this forum or you could try asking for help on the hill.
-Gary V. is in the process of updating our MOU agreement with Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP). We hope that this agreement maintains the privileges we currently enjoy (access and windsocks) and expands our landing options on OSMP property.
-RMHPA Boulder Committee: Will Stites, Jake Hildebrand, Chris Ratay, and Lex Shepard lead the Boulder Committee. Please direct site specific inquiries to one of them.
-Gary has made great strides furthering our relationship with OSMP. He has a walk-through next week to potentially reopen the Matterhorn site near Eldorado Canyon. While it is more of a training hill, the fact that OSMP is willing to consider reopening the site is an enormous step forward for our membership and the club's relationship with OSMP. More details will follow.Soccer Field LZ
The City of Golden is considering putting a solar farm on the vacant land adjacent to the Rooney Road Soccer Complex. We are concerned about the impact this would have on our ability to land there. The solar farm may be on Golden's ballot in the fall. The RMHPA Golden committee will relay our concerns to the appropriate contacts.Jobin's Front Range Landing Zone Map and weather talk
Mike Jobin has created a fantastic resource that is available for download here: http://rmhpa.org/messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6145
Green fields are good landing zones. Yellow fields are so-so. Red is DO NOT LAND. Everyone should take the time to study it if they intend to go XC from Lookout or Boulder.
Jobin also gave a refresher on the weather resources that are available and what to look for. While he gave too much information to recap here, please take a look at RMHPA's weather links. They are extremely comprehensive. http://rmhpa.org/weather/Jake's Safety Talk
Jake gave a great safety talk. Please remember that Spring flying can be full-on, unpredictable, and may not match the forecast. Marginal conditions combined with low currency after a long winter are a recipe for problems. Please make an honest assessment of your skills and the conditions when you are deciding whether or not to fly. Upcoming Events
Several members are planning to make the trip out to Otto's this weekend. There will be great Lyrids Meteor Shower and I've heard the forecast is promising for flying.
Rat Race: The final Rat Race is happening June 18th-24th. People rave about this event every year, and this is your final opportunity. More info here: http://www.mphsports.com/
Feel free to comment below if I missed anything or if you'd like to expand on any of the topics.