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2016 Regional Director Elections Now Open

Elections for 2016 Regional Directors is now open. Your ballot is online and voting instructions were sent both via email and US mail.

To vote, follow the instructions on the Elections Page

Voting closes December 15, 2015.

2015 USHPA Awards

Recipients of the 2015 USHPA Awards were selected at the Fall 2015 Board of Directors meeting. They will be honored at the annual Awards Banquet on Friday, March 11, 2016 in Golden, Colorado.

For a list of all the 2015 award recipients, refer to the news article 2015 USHPA Awards Announced

2016 Executive Committee and Directors-at-Large Elected

Elections for 2016 Executive Committee and Directors-at-Large were held at the Fall 2016 Board of Directors meeting held in October. The current USHPA Executive Committee is:

The Directors-at-Large for 2016 are: Paul Murdoch, Jamie Shelden, Steve Rodrigues, Mitch Shipley, and Greg Kelley.

Contact information and a listing all current Directors is available on the Board of Directors Page (in Members Only).

USHPA 2015 Free Flight Film Festival

Fall looks like it's becoming Free Flight Film Festival season! Five chapters are already planning showings, with more being scheduled every day. It just takes a few volunteers to get things going: check out the guidelines about setting up an event (Film Festival for Chapters), then contact an officer in your local chapter to get things rolling.

2015 USHPA Free Flight Film Festival has the latest schedule. Don't forget that attending the festival earns you another entry in the Sweet 2015 Sweepstakes.

Tandem Instructors - Compliance Clinics

To help Tandem Instructors find appropriate clinics in order to comply with the new instruction requirement we are posting the ones we hear of on the website: Tandem Instruction Compliance Clinics.

If you are a Tandem Administrator, please send the details of your compliance clinics to programs@ushpa.aero for inclusion on the list. Thanks!

Protect Our Public Lands!

Legislation is in the works to allow many national public lands to be eligible to be transferred to state control. States have a history of then turning around and selling these lands to developers and commercial operations in order to raise money. The result is that the public no longer has access for hiking, biking, camping, and FLYING! Please sign the petition: Protect Our Public Lands Petition.

USHPA has joined the coalition created by Outdoor Alliance. Learn more at Protect Our Public Lands.

Pilots Assist in Nepal

A team from The Cloudbase Foundation and KarmaFlights were in Nepal during the recent earthquake. They marshalled all their resources and made their way to the villages in need to render aid and support. Due to the widespread impact of the quake, they were the first responders and continue to be the primary source of relief for some of the remote villages at the epicenter. For more on their efforts, read News from Nepal. For additional updates from the field, visit the KarmaFlights Facebook page.

They could use YOUR help. Every dollar donated goes directly to supporting those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Make your donation through The Cloudbase Foundation:
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Safety First!

SupAir and the DHV have issued Safety Notices. SupAir harness models Walibi2 and Evasion2 may have too much velcro, resulting in difficulty extracting the reserve parachute. For more information: Walibi2 and Evasion2 Safety Notice. The plastic batten clips on some hang gliders may come open during steeply banked downward turns, resulting in unrecoverable spiral dives. For more information: DHV Spiral Dive Warning

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.

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