If you are already an experienced pilot with a PPG 3 rating and are interested in becoming a USPPA certified instructor, consider this instructor clinic by Chad Bastian. http://www.americanparagliding.com/instructor/
This is also on the USPPA calendar.
All Tandem Instructors who were WL Instructors have been updated to show that thye are now Tandem WL Instructors. Tandem Instructors giving tandem training must have a copy of exemption 9751E and proof of qualification. Both can be done by having an image of the full exemption and an image of your ratings page showing appropriate qualifications on your smart phone. To do wheeled tandems requires being a Tandem WL Instructor.
A tandem FL instructor may become qualified to offer wheeled tandems by getting the PPG 3 wheel launch rating from any USPPA wheel launch rated instructor.
We now have a program for those who want to go through the instructor program using wheels only. That has always been possible but never with the ability to do wheeled tandems so there were some minor changes to our programming and processes.
New wording includes the requirement to include information “provided in the FAA Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and the Powered Parachute Flying Handbook as applicable to part 103 operations” which our existing published program goes well beyond.
As always, there is no cost to members for access to our training program.
Instructors must carry a legible copy (it can be small, though) of the new exemption with them when conducting tandem operations and, of course, comply with the program. We must wield our freedom responsibly to avoid political pressure that would constrain it again.
For now all of our tandem pilots are footlaunched rated so adding the WL (wheel launch) rating is a viable solution. But eventually some tandem instructors may only certify as WL so we have updated our online ratings software to reflect that fact.
January 31, 2018 – February 2, 2018
The Salton Sea Gathering
Candidates should have a PPG3 rating and have done at least 2-5 Days (8-20 hours) of Apprentice work with a USPPA Certified Instructor prior to the Clinic.
A PPG3 rating can be administered concurrently with the Clinic for those who have the skills and requirements.
For more information, including minimum experience, requirements, and pre-course preparation click here.
A Tandem Exemption extension was granted in 2016, valid until Sept 30, 2018 and a news item published with a link to the new exemption. It has been made easier to find now and a link is present in the Instructor’s Page, available to USPPA instructors under Schools and Training.
The exemption must be carried when exercising authority as Tandem Instructor.
Thank you instructors for all you do to make this sport safer and more fun.
USPPA Instructor Clinic
Location: Arkoma, OK (Endless Foot Drag flying site)
start of Clinic: 8:30am, 25 May 2017
end of Clinic: 11am, 28 May 2017
USPPA Instructor Admin: Francesco De Santis, Member #43 short interview about the Admin:
– over 25 years experience flying paragliders/paramotors
– full time paramotor Instructor from April 1994-May 2009, 2009 onwards part time
– particular specialty tandem foot launch, scooter towing
– areas of limited expertise: acro flying, competition, new technology in radio wi-fi equipment.
Cost of the course: – depends on number of participants
– 3 minimum participants needed to hold the course, $425 each
– 4 is ideal number of participants, $400 each
– 5 max number of participants, $375 each
Prior requirements: – familiarize with these pages:
– If you are PG instructor with USHPA, and have paramotor experience then contact me for any concerns
Contact Info: Francesco De Santis
email: [email protected]
phone: 773-295-2131 (Skype)
Skype ID: Ucanfly2
The Training Committee, Instructor Volunteers, and Officers have updated the syllabus to better incorporate wheels and set the requirements for Instructor Administrator Applicants. Those have been increased to reflect the importance of the position and fact that we now have an opportunity to have seasoned instructors who have embraced the program.
The Schools and Training page has been improved for better navigation and to make things easier to find.
The printed rating application with temporary rating card has been discontinued.
Nominations are now closed.
The FAA has renewed the USPPA’s tandem exemption until September 30, 2018. As a reminder it is REQUIRED that tandem pilots carry a copy of this new exemption after Sept 30 of this year. A link to the exemption is here.
Heath began flying Hang gliders in New England in 1995 and Paragliders in 2003. A Paramedic, Mountain Rescue Director and Risk Manager for over a decade in the ski industry, Heath turned his passion for flying into his profession in 2008. In 2012 he first flew a Powered Paraglider and has been a motor head ever since. Heath manages Morningside Flight Park in New Hampshire which teaches Hang Gliding, Paragliding and Powered Paragliding at one of the most unique flying schools found anywhere. He holds several ratings in Free Flight as an Advanced Instructor, Instructor Administrator, Tandem Pilot, Examiner and has been Flight Director of the oldest flying club in the US. He is a new member of the USPPA and has just passed his PPG1. He lives in VT with his wife and two children. If he isn’t flying or teaching, he’s at home on the farm building guitars or playing them.