Further, quality training is the most likely path to success with the least chance of injury or equipment damage. Training is already one of the riskiest aspects of a pilot’s journey; self training, “free” training, or otherwise inadequate training is far, far riskier. We strongly encourage students to seek out competent instruction, not just certified but also thoroughness. One way to tell if an instructor is thorough is if (s)he uses the syllabus and goes to the trouble of granting ratings.
An overview of how to get a USPPA rating
The process and forms related to USPPA ratings.
More information for USPPA Instructors and information concerning tandems.
Information on the Training Incentive Reimbursement Program.
Schools / Clubs
Our Commitment: Help people select the school that best serves their needs
USPPA is a strong advocate of quality training and recommends choosing a USPPA or USHPA certified school. There is no additional cost involved but their instructors have demonstrated significant skills and experience to earn their ratings. Plus the USPPA instructors have agreed to a set of standards which are beneficial to the student’s safety both during training and afterward.
Any school that suggests the training for a non-PG pilot can be accomplished in a couple days will likely be inadequate…most reputable instructors say that 5 days is a minimum to become a competent beginner solo pilot (PPG2) level. Of course initial solo can happen in less time but that does not make a pilot.
The intent is to help folks select the school that best serves their needs. USPPA makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information in this list. We do the best we can but it mostly comes from the instructors and schools themselves. Most are honest and report the information accurately.
This type of course will guide a pilot through various wing malfunctions and other maneuvers so that he can know how to recover if they happen in flight. These are listed on the Resources page. If a PPG training school also offers SIV courses then it will be listed on their school information as well as the SIV courses section.
Ratings are only valid and verifiable with a current membership. Expired membership data, including ratings, may not be kept on the USPPA database. Pilots who rejoin within 3 years of their expiration date may have ratings re-instituted with proof of the rating using either a membership card that listed the rating or the original rating document signed by the instructor. A photo of the documents is normally OK provided it’s easily legible.
The need may arise to verify your rating to a third party. Have them go here where they can enter your member number and last name to get a list of your ratings.
In order for a rating to appear on this list, the instructor must have submitted the appropriate documentation and it be approved by a volunteer who checks it for accuracy and completeness. If you have a rating that is not showing up contact your instructor.
Administer USPPA Ratings
If you are currently a certified instructor (in any of the existing organizations) and are interested in administering USPPA ratings, we would love to hear from you. Details of the program can be found on the Accepting Instructors From Other Programs page.
Edit Club/School Listing
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These individuals do Instructor Clinics which is how to become an instructor. Instructor candidates must have significant experience and meet the requirements listed in the ratings program.