USHPA is pursuing self-insurance. Through donations we have secured the minimum funds necessary to set up an RRG! The money we raise above this minimum goal will be used to increase the RRG's initial capital and offset startup costs. This will make the RRG stronger and better able to protect our sites, schools, and members.
This issue affects every hang glider and paraglider pilot flying in the US, and we encourage all pilots to contribute whatever you can to this communal effort. The insurance landscape has changed dramatically, forcing USHPA to pursue this self-insurance. We launched an unprecedented campaign - Free Flight Forever - in order to create a self-insurance group ("RRG") and protect our sites, schools, and members. We created the minimum RRG fund in an amazing 2 short months, thanks to our dedicated members, chapters, and directors.
The next USHPA Board of Directors Meeting is in March in Golden, Colorado. USHPA Board Meeting Details
Elections have closed and we have a new Regional Director for Region 3, Ken Andrews. Ken has been an USHPA member since 2001 and is a Master-rated hang glider pilot. Welcome, Ken; we all look forward to meeting you in person at the March Board of Directors meeting in Colorado Springs. All other positions were filled by the incumbents (all of whom were running unopposed). For complete Election Results visit the Elections Page
AIRS - the Accident/Incident Reporting System is now live. If you've ever been in an accident, or had an incident that others might learn from, please fill out a report! All information is strictly confidential - we all just want to avoid the same mistakes.
Go to AIRS to fill out a report: https://airs.ushpa.aero
Just curious about AIRS and want to check it out without filling out a genuine report? Please visit the beta test site instead: http://beta-airs.ushpa.aero (note the "beta-" prefix)
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
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.
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.
Read all about it in Outside Magazine May 2015.