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2/15 --- New USHPA Chapter / Rewriting History
So there's a new USHPA chapter by the name of ‘Hat Creek Pilots Association’. This fine new chapter is also negotiating with the USDA Forest Service for the Use Permit at the site. As someone who remains interested in the future of Hat Creek Rim, I wrote the chapter contact for more particulars about this new club. What I received surprised me.
As you are probably aware Hat Creek is an old site with a chapter on the books in the hands of an older group that no longer fly. We have continued to use and maintain the site over the years and are forming a new chapter to bring things current with USHPA and the Forest Service.
Membership is free, all I need is your name, address, e-mail and USHPA #. I will then get you added to the google acct so you can stay current.
Regarding the website, there is one but it is old and funky and I must admit I have yet to see it.
I will look into seeing what we need to do to get it opened up.
Wow!!! While Mark does little to provide me with the club information I requested, he jumps right on the chance to provide misinformation about our club while overstating their importance at the Rim. Obviously, Mark did not realize that the Phil he was responding to actually knows a bit about Hat Creek Rim.
Which brings me to the rewriting history part…
Let’s make one thing very clear. This "new" club has never had authorization to "maintain the site" - Period.
The only two clubs responsible for developing and maintaining the site are the Redding Paragliding club (now disbanded) and the Shasta Sky Sailors, Inc.. That is it.
For this so-called “new” chapter to say that they “have continued to use and maintain the site over the years…”, is both perplexing and telling. Maybe this “new” club isn’t a new club at all. Perhaps it the same old group of 'real' pilots responsible for the disharmony at the site.
Whatever the case may be we all know that going to any site that is operating under a use permits (like Tam, Funston, Woodrat, Ed Levin, etc., etc.) and engaging in unauthorized “maintenance” is very uncool. Not only uncool but in some cases, like at Hat Creek Rim (HCR), it is illegal.
I suggest this “new” club concentrate on the future of the site and stop bashing others. With hard work and dedication to the site they might actually have a legitimate working history there someday…
2/15/15 - After 40 years, the Shasta Sky Sailors, Inc., have decided to discontinue our chapter status with the USHPA. Why would we do that? To say we're disillusioned with the leadership of the USHPA would be an understatement... let's just leave it at that.
Our club decal is a screen printed 3in vinyl sticker. It's UV resistant and waterproof. It suitable for outdoor use and can be placed most anywhere. Show your support for the club responsible for pioneering and developing Hat Creek Rim for 40 years. Send your $5.00 donation to 1203 Sisley Road. Penryn, CA. 95663. Your sticker will be promptly shipped. Checks payable to Shasta Sky Sailors.
10/20/14. I finally updated our work party page to show the work done in April of 2014. You can click the link to the left (volunteers at work) or here to see our final volunteer work done as the Special Use Permit holders at the site.
10/10/14. Who's negotiating the future of the flying site at Hat Creek Rim? That a good question. The future of this site should be a collaborative effort that includes feedback from the entire flying community. Remember back several months ago when Region II Director Jugdeep Aggarwal announced he would be spearheading this effort? To date nothing has been posted about the progress of his efforts. Don't be too surprised if the negotiations for this very public site remains void of the flying community's input - or, void of input from all but a very select group of "real" pilots.
UPDATE 8/26/14 - Fresh from the FS - The Rim is OPEN
The road closures for the Hat Creek Rim have been lifted. The barricades were removed last night. I know many of you were hoping to fly this weekend, so I wanted to let you know right away.
I sent this to everyone in my email contacts, but please pass it on to others who may be interested.
Acting Lands and Recreation Officer
Lassen NF, Hat Creek Ranger District
530.336.3381, Fax 530.336.5758
Current CalFire Incident Info here.
The TFR for the area has been lifted.
Hat Creek Rim Fire Closure Update - 8/21/14
As of today, per the Forest Service, the forest west of the Pacific Crest Trail remains CLOSED. East of the PCT is however now open. Considering that the Hat Creek Rim flying site sits just west of the PCT (by mere feet in some places) this is a bit frustrating. So close but yet so far...
The Forest Service said it was "too soon" to know whether or not the area west of the PCT would be open for the Labor Day weekend . There's still time for a last minute opening of the Rim
The forest is closed, including the flying site due to fires in the area
There is currently no access to the flying site (see FCO below). We are checking the status of the closure daily and will post the forest opening as soon as it opens.
Notice to Pilots
We've discontinued our Special Use Permit (SUP) at Hat Creek Rim. This was a difficult but necessary decision.
Per the Forest Service SUP requirement, we have removed all of our facilities/improvements from the flying site. The Forest Service is allowing temporary windsocks and a toilet at launch until a new Use Permit is processed.
For those who have supported and used the site responsibly over the decades, thank you very much. Hat Creek Rim has been an all volunteer effort that has worked since 1975. We are proud to have been part of such a wonderful experience.
The Shasta Sky Sailors’ Hat Creek Committee