Call to Action: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a large area with great potential for free flight, just a few hours by car from New York City and Philadelphia. The National Park Service is considering changes to the permitted use of this land. The local USHPA chapter (Water Gap Hang Gliding Club) has been providing feedback, but could use our help.
If you want to support free flight at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - and other NRAs throughout the US! - please submit your comments today. The comment period closes on April 30, 2015.
NOTE CORRECT LINK IS HERE:
Submit Your Comments Here
For more information from the local Chapter on this issue, refer to their DWGNRA Post. For ideas when submitting comments, refer to our Call to Action Guidelines.
USHPA all over Outside Magazine
The May 2015 issue of Outside Magazine has not one, but TWO articles about USHPA members in action! The 2015 Adventure Issue features Gavin McClurg and Will Gadd's epic vol-biv along the Canadian Rockies in "Paragliding British Columbia" (promoted right on the cover and the top story in the overview). The cover story, "The Secret Life of Guides," includes Hayden Glatte, a top XC pilot based in the Woodrat Mountain area.
Read all about it in Outside Magazine May 2015.
USHPA Sweet 2015 Sweepstakes
Have you heard about the Sweet 2015 Sweepstakes? We have collected lots of excellent prizes, including sweet gear from Ozone and Flytec, our fantastic sponsors. You can increase your odds of winning by answering some questions, visiting USHPA on Facebook
, going to a local showing of the USHPA 2015 Free Flight Film Festival
, and checking out the Preflight Safety app
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.
Web Developer Needed
USHPA is looking for a web developer to help us build AIRS - the new Accident/Incident Reporting System. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please read about the position and let us know: Looking for a Web Developer
USHPA Store is now closed until May 1
The USHPA Store is now closed until May 1. We are almost ready to launch our new "one-stop-shop" USHPA Storefront. In preparation, our Amazon store was closed on Friday, April 10 so that all the items can be relocated to the new fulfillment house.
Note that members may still order IPPI cards and rating certificates. Bulk items for instructors (30-day memberships and log books) are also still available. These will not be relocated to the new store until it is live.
Visit the USHPA Store
Wow - 10 Years at USHPA
In January 2005, Martin Palmaz joined USHPA as the Business Manager. Ten short years and two promotions later, he is now our Executive Director.
Thanks for 10 years of excellent service in support of our organization. For a very brief look back, read 10 Years of Service. Even better, tell Martin "Thanks!" next time you see him!
UPDATE! More X-Alps Athletes Announced - Team USA * FOUR
Two wild-card athletes were announced for the 2015 X-Alps, including USA-4, Dave Turner! Congratulations to Honza Rejmanek, Gavin McClurg, Dawn Westrum, and Dave Turner - Team USA for the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps! For more on this amazing group of paraglider pilots, check out this short News Article
. We can't wait to follow along on your adventure, starting July 5, 2015.