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Elections for 2016 Regional Directors is now open. Your ballot is online and voting instructions were sent both via email and US mail.
To vote, follow the instructions on the Elections Page
Voting closes December 15, 2015.
Recipients of the 2015 USHPA Awards were selected at the Fall 2015 Board of Directors meeting. They will be honored at the annual Awards Banquet on Friday, March 11, 2016 in Golden, Colorado.
For a list of all the 2015 award recipients, refer to the news article 2015 USHPA Awards Announced
Elections for 2016 Executive Committee and Directors-at-Large were held at the Fall 2016 Board of Directors meeting held in October. The current USHPA Executive Committee is:
Contact information and a listing all current Directors is available on the Board of Directors Page (in Members Only).
Fall looks like it's becoming Free Flight Film Festival season! Five chapters are already planning showings, with more being scheduled every day. It just takes a few volunteers to get things going: check out the guidelines about setting up an event (Film Festival for Chapters), then contact an officer in your local chapter to get things rolling.
To help Tandem Instructors find appropriate clinics in order to comply with the new instruction requirement we are posting the ones we hear of on the website: Tandem Instruction Compliance Clinics.
If you are a Tandem Administrator, please send the details of your compliance clinics to email@example.com for inclusion on the list. Thanks!
Legislation is in the works to allow many national public lands to be eligible to be transferred to state control. States have a history of then turning around and selling these lands to developers and commercial operations in order to raise money. The result is that the public no longer has access for hiking, biking, camping, and FLYING! Please sign the petition: Protect Our Public Lands Petition.
USHPA has joined the coalition created by Outdoor Alliance. Learn more at Protect Our Public Lands.
A team from The Cloudbase Foundation and KarmaFlights were in Nepal during the recent earthquake. They marshalled all their resources and made their way to the villages in need to render aid and support. Due to the widespread impact of the quake, they were the first responders and continue to be the primary source of relief for some of the remote villages at the epicenter. For more on their efforts, read News from Nepal. For additional updates from the field, visit the KarmaFlights Facebook page.
SupAir and the DHV have issued Safety Notices. SupAir harness models Walibi2 and Evasion2 may have too much velcro, resulting in difficulty extracting the reserve parachute. For more information: Walibi2 and Evasion2 Safety Notice. The plastic batten clips on some hang gliders may come open during steeply banked downward turns, resulting in unrecoverable spiral dives. For more information: DHV Spiral Dive Warning
Read all about it in Outside Magazine May 2015.
Go to the Sweepstakes page to learn more and Enter the Sweepstakes
Chapter officers should have all received information about how to put on a Film Festival. If you want to help make it happen in your area - contact your local USHPA Chapter to find out more.