USHPA Monthly Board Meeting

Date, agenda, and registration link for USHPA's next monthly, remote board of directors meeting.

Image titleUSHPA members are invited to our upcoming remote board meeting! Meetings are typically held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Please register by the deadline below to attend. We hope to see you there!

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm MT
Registration deadline: Monday, May 25 at 5:00 pm MT

The meeting will be held online via a Zoom conference call, and all members are invited to attend (remember to register by the deadline using the link below). Many members have expressed an interest in better understanding how USHPA operates, who makes decisions, and the organization's financial picture. Come to a board meeting and find out!

The next in-person USHPA board meeting will be held in fall 2020. Please see here for details about the next in-person meeting.

Online Meeting Registration and Access

Online meeting access is available to members as a member benefit and to keep you informed of USHPA’s efforts to further our mission.

Registration link: Register here
Registration deadline: Monday, May 25 at 5:00 pm MT

The board has discussed opening meetings to the public, but doing so would create additional hurdles that would ultimately result in less access on a regular basis to members. This is due to every individual present, not just directors, being required to provide their approval to be broadcast for each meeting. It would also require that each individual provide releases related to their likeness and permission to use for broadcast purposes. Since non-approval to be broadcast could be provided by attendees at any point up to the meeting start, any denials would result in last minute cancellations of meeting broadcasts. This seemed problematic if we wanted to keep our target audience informed on a regular basis.

Agenda and Schedule

Meeting agenda items will include:

  • 1-year extension of instructor certifications expiring in 2020

Previous Meeting Summary

USHPA's April remote board meeting took place on Tuesday, April 14. In total, 49 members registered for the meeting and 29 attended. It was great to see more members at the meeting!

A brief summary of the April meeting is provided below:

  • The Competition Committee updated the rulebook, including adding a Masters Class (pilots age 50+) and a Reynolds Class (PG pilots weighing 90 kg or less). Discussed canceling competitions due to coronavirus.
  • Approved minor changes to SOP 12-13, which previously went out for member review.
  • Updated P3/P4 tests are now available for instructors on the USHPA website.
  • CIVL update: CIVL is letting event organizers decide whether to cancel or postpone competitions due to coronavirus.
  • Impact of coronavirus on USHPA: Current pilot memberships for March are down 26% compared to last year. While it is early to predict the long-term impacts from the pandemic, we are being fiscally conservative and exploring several initiatives to enhance member benefits and encourage renewals to continue supporting our mission.
  • Approved extending instructor certifications that are expiring at the end of 2020 by 1 year. Details will be announced once finalized.
  • Discussion about hosting USHPA forums to help members connect with one another, possibly starting with an instructor forum and a chapter forum.
  • Decided against replacing Randall Shane, who recently stepped down from the board of directors. His seat expires in December when the board size decreases to 10 directors.

A draft of the full meeting minutes will be available soon under board minutes.


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