It has come to our attention that some instructors may be requiring full power swings with surges to meet the PPG 3 standards. There is nothing in the syllabus that suggests this, nor should it be done, for at least two reasons.
1. Causing the wing to surge too far forward with no brake input is a risk for front tuck.
2. Going to full power quickly on some machines, especially if the lines are less heavily loaded, can cause a torque twist.
Maneuvers should always be done with safety in mind. The intent of the PPG 3 rating is to recognize precision flying skills and appropriately thorough knowledge, NOT aggressive maneuvering prowess.
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.