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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!
On July 8th, during the US Paragliding Nationals in Chelan, White Owl Paragliding and the Cloudbase Foundation hosted a fundraising dinner to support school children in Honduras. The event was a huge success, raising almost double the anticipated amount of donations!
It's not too late to make a contribution: be sure to specify "Honduras School Project" when making your donation to Cloudbase Foundation Donations
For more information about the project: Cloudbase Foundation - Honduras School Project Success
Remember, nominations are due by August 15!
USHPA is soliciting nominations for regional directors for the 2015-2016 term of office. We are interested in having members bring their skills and experience to the board, so if you'd like to run for office please put your name down as a candidate.For more information, visit the Elections page.
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.
The 2014 Spring Board Meeting was held on March 13-15 in Colorado Springs. Minutes of the meeting can be found in the Members Only area: Board Minutes.
Several years in the making, the new Mini-Wing program has finally taken flight!
Mini-Wings are considered a special skill under the Paragliding program, available to pilots holding at least a P2 rating. A list of Mini-Wing Instructors can be found on the website: List of Mini-Wing Instructors
For more information about the new program: Mini-Wing Program Takes Flight.
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.
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.>
Your Women's Hang Gliding Team - Linda Salamone and Jamie Shelden - are asking for your support. They are raising money to go to the World Championship in France. You can either donate when doing your membership renewal, or buy a sweet t-shirt (available in both men's and women's styles!).
Find out more about how to get your own sweet t-shirt or make a direct donation.
Please help keep the US Women's Team viable, this year and in the years to come. Support the 2014 US Women's Hang Gliding Team!
Be sure to check your Sup'Air reserve handle!
Sup'Air have reported that there could be an issue with the attachment of the reserve handle to the deployment bag. The original notice was for a few specific harnesses, but now has been expanded to include most Sup'Air harnesses: be safe and check your handle regardless of model! Make sure that the stitching of the piece attached to your reserve deployment bag is well secured to the handle (photo and links to the safety notice posted in Cross Country Magazine online article).