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Revised 2/29/2024

Visiting & New Member Pilots

Tennessee Tree Toppers, Inc. is a chapter member of the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA).
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We welcome visiting pilots and new members. Due to insurance requirements, every pilot or student flying or training at our sites must be a current USHPA member.  Membership in the Tennessee Tree Toppers club is also required. Visiting pilots may purchase a 30-day membership option. Click on the Join Now menu for more information.

Before your first flight at any of our sites, you must read and become familiar with our Flight Regulatory Program, our sites and should request a Site Briefing from an experienced local pilot or Board Member. Site briefings are required for first flights by Novice (H2,P2) pilots at Henson Gap and (H3,P3) pilots at Whitwell.

If you are a foreign pilot visiting from another country and not a USHPA member, you must provide an International Pilot Proficiency Information (IPPI) Card, issued by your national association, in lieu of USHPA credentials. Additionally, liability insurance must be purchased through USHPA. This can be accomplished by contacting a local USHPA-certified instructor or authorized individual to obtain a temporary 30-day USHPA membership.

Potential Students and Aspiring Pilots

If you are moved by the dream of soaring flight and want to pursue flight training, we would welcome you as a new member of our club.   You would join the ranks of  hundreds of pilots with centuries of combined flight experience, friends who understand your journey.   Since 1974, our members have been welcoming, protecting, promoting and celebrating Free Flight lovers like you.

Flight Instruction

Although our club does not offer instruction, students under the supervision of USHPA-certified instructors who have been authorized by our Board of Directors may fly our sites.  These independent providers may provide introductory and continuing training for those pursuing the skills and ratings necessary to advance as proficient and safe pilots. We offer a 30-day membership, and Tandem instructors can provide each student passenger with a 30-day USHPA temporary membership.  

Henson Gap Clubhouse and campground policy

Clubhouse Stays

club member or club member with guest may stay at the clubhouse for no more than 10 consecutive days without board approval.  When a club member leaves the clubhouse for more than two consecutive days, all personal possessions must be also be taken. Please try to leave the clubhouse cleaner than you found it.

Camper / RV / Tent Camping

club member or club member with guest may stay in their Camper / RV / Tent for no more than four consecutive weeks without board approval.  If a club member leaves their camper / RV / Tent for more than five consecutive days, all personal possessions, including Camper / RV / Tent must also be taken.

Donations towards the campground and bath house are welcome!

Exceptions for length of stay may be made at any time by the board of directors.

Whitwell Camping Policy
While we do own the Whitwell Launch, it is only 1-acre and has limited space for camping.  There are no amenities other than a portolet.

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