Vote Now for Your USHPA Regional Director
Regional Director elections are underway. All ballots must be received by December 15, 2014. Vote Now
You will need the paper letter you received from USHPA via US Mail in order to access the online voting process.
If you can not locate your election password letter, please send an email to the office. Your request will be processed more quickly if you also provide your membership number in the email. (Please do not call, since we can not provide the password over the phone.)
X-Alps Athletes Announced - Team USA * 3
Congratulations to Honza Rejmanek, Gavin McClurg, and Dawn Westrum - 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.
AustriAlpin Carabiner Recall EXPANDED
AustriAlpin has updated the precautionary recall to include ALL batches of their DELTA FD00A carabiners. Stop using them immediately! Please refer to the Safety Notice
Fall 2014 Board of Directors Meeting
The Fall 2014 USHPA Board of Directors Meeting will be held October 16-18, 2014, graciously hosted by Jamie Shelden in beautiful Melbourne Beach, FL.
The Agenda and Fall 2014 BOD meeting packet is now available online (in Members Only). For more information or to book a room under the USHPA group rate: read the full article.
Note that the Spring 2015 Board of Directors Meeting will be held March 12-14, 2015 in Golden, CO at the American Mountaineering Center. Mark your calendars!
The New Member Card Program Has Launched
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 .
Harness Buckle Safety Notices: Woody Valley AND Sup'Air
Woody Valley and Sup'Air have both
issued Safety Notices about their lightweight harness buckles. One issue is with the properly engagement of the buckle when closing, the other is with wear on the harness strap. This is a good opportunity to check that all your harness buckles are working properly and the harness straps are unworn and intact. For more information on the Woody Valley issue: Woody Valley Safety Notice article
. And for more information on the Sup'Air issue: Sup'Air Safety Note article
2015 Calendars Now Available!
The 2015 Hang Gliding and Paragliding calendars are now available for sale through Amazon. Now that we are selling through Amazon, the calendars are eligible for Prime discounted shipping. Visit our USHPA Store
for information about quantity discounts, or go directly to Amazon to order now:
Order your 2015 Hang Gliding Calendar Now
Order your 2015 Paragliding Calendar Now
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.
Recycle Your Wing and Support the Cloudbase Foundation
KEEN Footwear and the Cloudbase Foundation are teaming up to Repurpose for a Purpose. Used (and no longer flight-worthy) paragliders and reserves will be sewn to make bags. These bags will be sold at KEENFest with all monies collected going directly to the Cloudbase Foundation's projects.
For more information: USHPA News: Support the Cloudbase Foundation or visit The Cloudbase Foundation website.
If you have an air-worthy glider that could be used to train beginners, the Cloudbase Foundation also has a donation program for that. Contact them directly: Cloudbase Foundation Donations. All donations (whether for recycling or training) are potentially tax-deductible.>