Updates and general posts relating to the FAA, Part 103, regulatory, etc.

  1. Tandem Exemption Renewed

    September 23, 2020

    The USPPA Tandem exemption 9751F has been renewed for two years. This was closer to the wire than we’d like, in spite of the renewal being requested earlier than last time. FAA personnel are working from home which slowed the process down, but we were in contact in the last weeks and they came through. […]

  2. May 2020 Paramotor Incident Report / Fatality

    July 7, 2020

    On May 23th between 7:10 and 7:20 PM at 355 Gum Tree Road, Coatesville PA, while flying his paramotor Henry “Clay” Baldwin impacted the ground first and subsequently a fencepost for a split rail wooden fence. He was hospitalized and placed on life support that evening. On Sunday May 25’th, Clay was declared “brain-dead” with […]

  3. Instructor Alert: Student Equipment

    March 7, 2020

    It has come to our attention that an instructor may have flown his student on equipment that had not been properly tested and was not configured properly, which is obviously unacceptable. In this case, it was a wheeled machine where the front wheel(s) lifted off last, or “wheelbarrowed,” a dangerous condition that could cause a […]

  4. Officer Positions Up for Nomination

    December 12, 2019

    Two officer positions are up for election, President and Treasurer. If you’re interested in one of these positions, please submit your interest according to our bylaws, by December 31, 2019.

  5. 2019 Accident Investigation Fatal Paramotor Trike Crash

    November 10, 2019

    Rich Greenwood, a trained accident investigator, took on the task of uncovering as much detail as possible on an unusual fatal crash that involved an in-flight break up. He was helped by Michael Pohlman. We paid for the metallurgic testing but these folks donated time and expertise. Download the whole report PDF here for pictures and […]

  6. New Competition Committee Chairwoman

    October 5, 2019

    Leah Cattulo is passionate about seeing USA paramotor pilots be able to compete on the international stage, something they have not been able to do for the past few years since the USUA decided to not keep their NAA membership due to expense and (then) lack of interest. Jeff Goin is stepping down from the […]

  7. USPPA Membership & Ratings Verification

    June 7, 2019

    There may be occasion to verify membership status or ratings for insurance, property owners, international flying, or other reasons. You must have your member number and last name how you signed up for membership. Go here to verify membership or rating.

  8. Ratings Q & A (FAQ)

    May 14, 2019

    Getting USPPA Rated PPG 1 through PPG 3 You want like to earn your USPPA pilot ratings. Here are answers to some common questions. FL=Foot launch WL=Wheel launch How much does Certification Cost? USPPA does not charge for ratings but the instructor or administrator will likely charge for their time. If a new membership card […]

  9. Member Only Area Added

    March 29, 2019

    A new page for members has been added to convey information intended for members only. The password will come via email, and in the future, through the welcome letter. It may change periodically. It is largely for information that only pertains to members and where we’ve been asked to limit distribution (like the Sun-N-Fun discount […]

  10. Thoughts for USPPA Tandem Instructors

    February 28, 2019

    by Chris Santacroce, USPPA Tandem Admin Thanks for your participation in the USPPA tandem program. We should start by reflecting on what an amazing privilege it is to have an exception to FAR 103 that allows us to fly tandem for the purpose of instruction. We hope to enjoy this amazing liberty over the decades […]

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