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Policies Regarding Ratings

Policies, General | Bylaws

The policies below help us serve in a fair and consistent manner. They include details on how ratings are issued, renewed, revoked, and other areas that need clarification.

Grandfathering / Transitioning Policy

Transitioning from other programs & curriculums

This concerns Instructors who wish to transfer to the USPPA program. We appreciate your interest and do want competent people who share our passion to help graduate capable, knowledgeable pilots using a meaningful ratings program.

To Become an Instructor

Applicants must:

  • Obtain the PPG 1 – 3 and Wheel Launch 1 – 3 ratings (if WL Instructor is desired) through any USPPA Instructor including skill demonstrations and all written tests.
  • Be recommended by two USPPA instructors who attest that the applicant has familiarity with, and is a match to our program.
  • Go through the Instructor Syllabus, pass the Instructor written test and go over wrong answers with one of the recommending instructors.
  • Have the approval of an Instructor Administrator to bypass any or all of the Instructor clinic and apprenticeship requirements.
  • Submit an image of documentation from the other organization showing current or previous (within the last 3 years) status as an instructor. This gets submitted in place of the Instructor/Tandem syllabus.

To Become a Tandem Instructor

A tandem instructor from a recognized organization can bypass the full tandem clinic but must:

  • Become a USPPA Instructor prior to starting the Tandem Instructor process.
  • Pass the applicable Tandem written tests and go over any wrong answers with one of the recommending instructors.
  • Have logged all the required experience of a Tandem Instructor.
  • Have two written USPPA instructor recommendations, at least one must be from a Tandem Instructor who is willing to vouch for the applicant’s skill as meeting our requirements.
  • Go through the relevant Tandem Syllabi, pass the written tests and go over wrong answers with one of the recommending instructors.
  • Have the approval of a Tandem Administrator to skip any or all of the Tandem Clinic.
  • Submit an image of documentation from the other organization showing current or previous (within the last 3 years) status as a tandem instructor. This gets submitted in place of the Instructor/Tandem syllabus.

Training Complaints, Conflicts, Suspension, Revocation

Complaint About a USPPA Instructor

We all win when instructors follow best practices. The vast majority do right by their students, and getting certified was part of that effort, but it can go wrong. If you’ve had a bad experience with a USPPA Instructor, or witnessed what looks like inappropriate instruction practices, we need to address it.

Rating Suspension or Revocation: Pilot

Ratings or instructor status may be revoked, for cause, by unanimous agreement of the training committee. (formerly on organizational policies page)

Rating Suspension or Revocation: Instructor

Ratings or instructor status may be revoked, for cause, by unanimous agreement of the training committee. (formerly on organizational policies page)

Handling Complaints (Added 06/20/2016)

This is currently Section 6 of the Bylaws, added here for consistency.

A complaint resolution facilitator (CRF) will be appointed as the point of contact with the person making the complaint and who it is against. If the CRF has any involvement that would affect impartiality someone else will be appointed for the conflicting case.

A complaint accusing a member of violating any tenet of the association is valid if it is:

1) In writing and sent to the USPPA’s postal or email address,

2) Names the person,

3) Provides appropriate information such adate, place, and what they specifically did,

4) provides enough evidence to identify the accused and the violation.

Valid complaints will be sent to the officers. If the complaint involves instruction or flying-related matter it will be also sent to the training committee.

The CRF will investigate by first providing the de-identified complaint to the accused and getting his/her response.

The CRF, working with the Training Committee and officers will suggest a remedy.  First offenses will typically be a warning letter. Second offenses will typically be a suspension of the rating for a period. Egregious, willful violations may go up to revocation of ratings and/or membership.

For flying related issues the training committee must approve the remedy by at least 65%. For non-flying related matters the remedy must be approved by at least 65% of the officers.

A record of complaints and remedies will be kept in a place available to future leadership.

At least 65% of the executive officers must agree in order for an appeal to be successful.

Requiring Ratings At Events

There will be no attempt made by anyone in the organization to require flier ratings at a flying site unless the local group that primarily flies that site requests it. Any such request should be made by that local group.

Rating Expiration

Ratings shall expire after 3 years of having no membership in the organization.

 

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