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US National Hang Gliding Team In Action

Our US National Hang Gliding Team is competing right now in Valle de Bravo, Mexico in the FAI World Championship. (Thanks to Matt Barker for the photo from the opening ceremony!) You can follow all the race action live each day of the event, or watch a replay at the end of the day: Live Tracking.

The US National Paragliding Team participated in their FAI World Championship back in January. As a special fundraising effort for both these teams, your tax-deductible donations made through USHPA until the end of March will be matched*. Use this special form to donate: Donate to a US Team

For more information on our US National Teams: US National Teams in the FAI World Championships.

*Donations are matched per standard USHPA guidelines ($500 per person per year; total available for matching is specified in the annual USHPA budget).

2015 Spring USHPA Board Meeting: March 12-14, 2015

The 2015 Spring USHPA Board Meeting will be held March 12-14, 2015 in Golden, Colorado. All members are welcome to attend. In addition to the general session and committee meetings taking place in the American Mountaineering Center, the annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, March 14 at the Table Mountain Inn. For more information: Spring 2015 USHPA Board Meeting.

Chapter Renewals in Process

All USHPA chapters are in the process of annual renewal. One aspect of renewal is providing chapter rosters. There has been some confusion about link for Chapter Roster Entry, so here is a direct link for reference: Chapter Roster Entry

Don't forget that chapter renewals are due February 20, 2015.

USHPA Store in Transition

We have found a new service provider who will unify all of the current USHPA Store offerings in one location - including some items previously only available through the office - creating a true "one stop shop". The new provider will also allow us to add even more items to the store! However, this change means that the existing stock at Amazon.com will not be replentished; some items may be unavailable until after the new store is launched. Please be patient.

Limited edition KEEN Free Flight Day Packs are still available, and are not only great for carrying your stuff, but also support the Cloudbase Foundation. Quantities are limited:
KEEN Free Flight Day Packs

2015 Hang Gliding and Paragliding calendars are also still available through Amazon, and eligible for Prime discounted shipping. Visit our USHPA Store for information about quantity discounts, or go directly to Amazon to order now:
2015 Hang Gliding Calendar
2015 Paragliding CalendarNow

Skywalk Masala 2 Grounded

Skywalk report that the C-riser of the Masala 2 failed during ground-handling. They recommend that this glider not be flown and you contact your Skywalk distributor for instructions. For more information on the issue: Skywalk Masala 2 Airworthiness Notice.

New Tandem Requirements

At the October 2014 USHPA Board of Directors meeting, the board discussed a proposal to reinstate a requirement where Tandem Instructors must also hold a Basic or Advanced Instructor appointment. A letter describing the new requirements was emailed directly to all current Tandem Instructors and is posted in the Members Only area: Notice of New USHPA Tandem Requirements.

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.

Annual Renewal Paperwork

It's that time of year again: renew your chapter memberships, renew your resolutions, and renew some types of USHPA paperwork. Packets will be sent as always, but the timing for some of them have changed:

Questions? Please contact the office!

USHPA Election Results

The results of the USHPA election are in. The following Regional Directors were elected for the 2015-2016 term: Rich Hass (Region 1), Jugdeep Aggarwal (Region 2), Pete Michelmore (Region 3), Bill Belcourt (Region 4), Paul Olson (Region 7), Michael Holmes (Region 8), Felipe Amunategui (Region 9), Steve Kroop (Region 10), and Paul Voight (Region 12). For complete results, visit the Elections page. For the list of all your USHPA Regional Directors, please visit the Board of Directors page in the Members Only area. Thanks to everyone who participated (both candidates and members) and congratulations to our newest Directors.

The New Member Card Program

New and renewing members will now be receiving the new, permanent member cards described in the August 2014 issue of Hang Gliding & Paragliding Magazine (article available online).

Over the winter we will be updating all members with the new permanent cards. In the meantime, all members can access the PDF version of their digital member card from Members Only.

For more information about the launch: New Member Cards for All Members .


New Membership Feature: On-the-Hill Mobile Member Info

The first phase of our updated membership information system has launched. There is now a "text-back" system that will send you current membership status information via a text message. Just send a text message with your membership number to: 719-387-4571. Try it right now!

For more information about the new program: On-the-Hill Mobile Member Info.

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