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Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be using this space to keep you up to date on matters affecting UHGPGA and its members. With a little luck, I’ll be able to cajole people with a lot more wisdom and experience than me into sharing their thoughts here as well. There’s a place at the bottom to leave public comments. I hope you find this helpful.

The new website launched in fits and starts around New Years, and so far a lot of you have signed up and purchased memberships under the new annual model. It’s going smoothly for most, but there were some initial wrinkles. Here’s what we learned.

Ninety-five percent of you are signing up, buying a membership (I.e., “paying dues”), signing your waivers, and even updating your profiles (nice pics!) without a hitch.

But if you are using an out-of-date version of Chrome, Safari or Firefox; if you use a VPN, DuckDuckGo, or some other means to protect your identity; if your email address is generated randomly by Apple or Android to conceal your actual email address; or if Wix, our web host, thinks you are a suspicious bot, then the sign-up process may be difficult.

The UHGPGA president wears a lot of hats, and now we can add IT Support to the list. When pilots had trouble logging in for the first time, I got questions that quickly exceeded my pay grade. The good news is, most of the fixes were straightforward; we also found out that messaging back and forth through the website works really well, and we figured out a work-around for everyone.

If you made it through on the first try, welcome aboard. If you’re still trying to work it out, let me know and we’ll get it fixed. Now a reminder:

Creating a login on the new website is Step 1 in a three-step process. Step 2 is to acquire an UHGPGA membership, and Step 3 is to sign the annual release of liability and waiver we all need to sign to fly at UHGPGA sites. (Step 4 is extra credit—check your profile and update, if necessary.)

If you signed up for an annual membership and paid dues at any time in 2022, you will receive a Pre-Existing Annual plan automatically and you can fly under your previous waivers. You will receive a year’s worth of membership from the date you paid dues in 2022. We’ll notify you when it’s time to renew.

If you last paid dues in 2021, your membership has expired and it’s time to renew. There are two annual plans available, plus some short-term options. To check your current membership, sign in and click on your name on the home page, then select “My Subscriptions”. If you don’t see a plan name followed by a green ACTIVE button, it’s time to renew. Thanks!


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