Why should I join the IHPA?
The IHPA is an association of pilots from all around the country who have come together to enjoy, promote and guide the development of the sport in Ireland, and to protect their interests with one common voice. By joining the IHPA you are supporting the sport in Ireland and helping to make it safer and more fun for all involved.
To give just one example: all the hills we fly from and all the fields we land in belong to someone, and permission must be sought to use each and every one of them before we can fly. That permission does not come easily in these letigeous times - landlords want assurances that they will not get sued if a pilot has an accident on their land and that they will be compensated in the event of damage or loss of their property or livestock, and they generally want it in writing! Over the years the IHPA has negotiated agreements with farmers and landowners all around the country to use their lands, and that permission is based on every member pilot having signed a waiver of indemnity in favour of the landowner and carrying public liability insurance. That may not sound like much, but it only takes one thoughtless non-member pilot to loose a great flying site for everyone.
Take a look at the Benefits of Membership and judge for yourself just how much the IHPA does on behalf of its members, and all for less than the cost of a single night out on the town!
- If this is your first time joining the Association then your membership is FREE! up to March 31st.
- If you are visiting Ireland for six months or less to fly then please join for FREE! as a visiting pilot.
Annual membership runs from 1st April to 31st March.
You can download the forms from this page (see the Membership Menu to the left of this) print them out and return them by post. Unfortunately, for legal reasons, we need to have a paper copy of these forms for permanent record, and so we cannot process membership applications on-line.
So please join us today!