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USHPA hits insurance wall

Rising insurance premiums resulting from increased claims threaten to wreck the entire American free flight association. Their insurance premium has already risen 130% in the last five years, substantially increasing membership fees. Now, in the wake of a number of recent claims, their insurers are to withdraw all cover. This could devastate free flight in North America.

These are unprecedented days for any association. USHPA has decided that self-insurance is the only viable option and has begun to form a self-insurance entity. To cover the projected costs they need to raise $2m by March 1st 2016 to protect their future! Their members are being asked to dig deep to keep their sport alive. USHPA has already put its premises on the market and will reduce its excellent magazine to a bi-monthly schedule; membership fees have increased by 50% overnight.

To learn more or to contribute please visit the USHPA website.

Posted: 5 January 2016
By: Paul Dancey

BHPA AGM & Proxy Voting

The 2016 BHPA AGM will take place at the Belfry Hotel, Nottingham NG8 6PY (adjacent to Junction 26 of the M1) on Saturday February 27th 2016 in tandem with the BGA's AGM and trade exhibition.

The AGM will start at 11am and will include the presentation of BHPA awards and trophies, the Election of Officers and Officers' reports to the membership. It is hoped that members with an interest in the running of the BHPA will attend the meeting and bring any ideas for the future or present that they may have.

Members will note that there is a proposal to amend the BHPA Constitution, the Articles of Association. Historically the Executive Council had believed that it had the power to refuse applications for, or renewals of membership from people whom, for instance, it regarded as acting contrary to the good of the sport or the BHPA. Recent legal analysis has shown that this belief was mis-conceived and so the proposed amendment will align the reality with the previously held belief. To indicate the scale of use of this power, Exec has exercised this power two or three times in the 23 years of the existence of the BHPA.

For further information about the candidates standing for election to Exec, and the proposed amendments to the BHPA's Articles of Association, together with a Proxy Voting Form can be found in the BHPA AGM 2016 on-line pack which can be downloaded from the member documents area of this website. If you are unable to attend the AGM in person you can still cast your vote by completing the Proxy Voting Form and emailing it to the BHPA Office to arrive not less than 48 hours before the AGM is due to take place.

Posted: 5 January 2016
By: Paul Dancey

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