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.
A number of Bylaw changes have been made to improve transparency in financial matters and change the way we handle complaints against members. The intent is to involve the officers from the beginning, establish record keeping and improve the process.
Brad Hill of Discover Paragliding has been teaching paragliding since 1995 and paramotoring since 2009. He has been involved with many efforts to improve the sport in many ways and is passionate about teaching. He and his wife Maren Ludwig were the 2015 recipient of USHPA’s Instructor of the Year award.
We welcome him to be a part of our team.
We’re sorry to lose two officers, Christopher Pine and Paul Czarnecki who resigned on June 9, 2016. A search is ongoing for appointees to fill their terms. Bylaws stipulate that these positions are filled by appointment until the next election cycle.