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new u$hPa member cards

Postby SamKellner » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:21 am

Hawks,

What do you think of the new membership cards?


USHPA Membership Services
To
me
Today at 9:35 AM
Attached is your new digital USHPA member card, reflecting your most recent membership information.
the digital member card includes not only your primary ratings but also your special skills and appointments.


Well, I could do without the para wing on my card.

not only your primary ratings


And why list ratings/appointments that I don't even have. As in, Basic Inst.
NO TANDEM??

1. Have some PG/HG basic Inst. been doing tandems illegally?
2. Is this supposed to make me want to get the tandem?
3. Has Groupon joy riders spurred a surge in TAND rating?

Also,
NO RATINGS PARAGLIDING


Is having this on my membership card supposed to make me feel bad?
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It would be great to have a Hang Gliding member Assn card with only a HG pictured on it.

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Re: new u$hPa member cards

Postby JoeF » Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:11 pm

Excellent points, Sam !
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Re: new u$hPa member cards

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:33 pm

Well, I could do without the para wing on my card.

HGs top whining. Next year you all may have to wear a yellow patch.
You fly too fast and are a danger to slower pilots.
The solution is to ban you from flying our sites on some days, like they do at Torrey.
The final solution will be to ban you altogether.
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Re: new u$hPa member cards

Postby SamKellner » Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:14 pm

Bob :!:

Hurry :D
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Re: new u$hPa member cards

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:24 pm

I got mine in early December, but I didn't look at it because I've been unable to fly my local site (Torrey Pines) since November 9th.    :roll:

USHPA is aware of the situation, but hasn't lifted a finger to help. No surprise there.

However, the US Hawks has been experiencing a surge in growth and activity since that time. If we can keep spreading the word, we might be able to start talking about our own tandem exemption and insurance.   :thumbup:

Let's keep growing!!!

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Re: new u$hPa member cards

Postby SamKellner » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:05 pm

Yeah, I bet you wanted to flush it :lol: right Bob.

The letter that came with the card says you will only get a new card if you receive new ratings or become an instructor. I would expect so. :!:

Only? That means that for every rating change of every member in u$hPa, they will have to issue a new card. One of these that has your code :shifty: :problem:

Where is the demand for this? Do the number of flying sites, which ones, that need this type of card warrant the change? u$hPa's members only section shows this info, already, and can be accessed by all the members. :?:

Surely no one at HQ would buy a card making machine and push through the change in policy, :shifty: just to sell, guaranteed, cards forever. If all my info is in that code there is some connection with HQ

Oh, and I talked with Martin P. about getting a HG icon on the local sectional maps. They don't do that any more.


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Re: new u$hPa member cards

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:47 pm

Emailing the cards saves them the postage and mailing expenses.    :roll:
Didn't you notice the big decrease in your annual dues due to the savings they passed along to the members?    :lol:

SamKellner wrote:Oh, and I talked with Martin P. about getting a HG icon on the local sectional maps. They don't do that any more.

That's yet another thing that we can start doing ... for ourselves.
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Re: new u$hPa member cards

Postby SamKellner » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:10 pm

JoeF wrote:Excellent points, Sam !


Thanks Joe.

And possibly most important, I also realized that my Observer appointment is not reflected on the new permanent member card. :roll:

Hang Gliding Observer 3/1/2014 03/01/2015
Now what :?:

Does anyone else have Observer appointment ?
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Re: new u$hPa member cards

Postby Rick Masters » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:46 am

I was a Special Observer. I received the rating from USHGA Prez Steve Hawxhurst years ago. It allowed me to give ratings to pilots in Owens Valley. I read, quite a while back, that the U$hPA had done away with the Special Observer. Probably their $chool$ were whining that we were taking away business - as if local trainees were going to drive five hours to pay to attend a $chool. Just another indication that the corporate model has engulfed hang gliding. Today's hang glider pilots should consider outlaw alternatives such as flying where there is no public presence or building the U.S. Hawks.

I think a lot of us older hang glider pilots remember how we started. We were fascinated by the sport. We drove for hang glider pilots and learned by watching. We traded driving time for instruction. We bought old second hand gliders and learned by doing. We'd break 'em and fix 'em. That's how hang gliding got started and how it grew. Inland, anyway. We only needed a USHGA card when our sites were threatened or we wanted to fly insured sites. I dare say it was affordable, then. Today the fees seem way out of whack. Something has gone terribly wrong.
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Re: new u$hPa member cards

Postby SamKellner » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:03 pm

OK here it is.
Appointment Renewals: If your appointments expire in 2015 (including Instructor appointments), a packet will be sent to you in late January


So they get to issue one more of these new card$.

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