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US National Team Fundraising

Our US National Paragliding Team is currently in Colombia competing in the FAI World Championship. Our US National Hang Gliding Team will be competing next month in Mexico in the FAI World Championship.

As a special fundraising effort for 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.

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.

Holiday Shopping Ideas: 2015 Calendars and KEEN Bags

Looking for holiday gift ideas? Check out the great items in the USHPA Store.

Limited edition KEEN Free Flight Day Packs are not only great for carrying your stuff, but also support the Cloudbase Foundation. Quantities are limited and these prices are only for these special first edition models:
KEEN Free Flight Day Packs

2015 Hang Gliding and Paragliding calendars are available 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:
2015 Hang Gliding Calendar
2015 Paragliding CalendarNow

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.

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.

UPDATE: These bags are currently available on Amazon: KEEN Free Flight Day Packs

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.

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