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USPPA Grandfathering / Transitioning Policy

Transitioning from other programs & curriculums
Effective Feb 26, 2019

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 to being satisfied 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 requirement.
  • 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 skip 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.

Former Verbiage On Grandfathering
(superseded 2019-Feb-26)

Note that it is not legal for a USHPA tandem pilot to do powered tandems under the USHPA tandem program. This has been clarified by the USHPA.

For an active USHPA instructor with over 100 logged motor hours and/or 100 flights, the Instructor Administrator can waive:

  • 8 hours of the clinic, or
  • all of the clinic requirement if the applicant is 1) recommended by another USPPA instructor (in addition to the one recommendation already required) and 2) applicant receives approval of the training committee.
  • All of the apprenticeship requirement.

An active PPG BFI (ASC/EAA) with over 100 logged motor hours and/or 100 flights can waive:

  • 8 hours of the clinic requirement and
  • all of the apprenticeship requirement if recommended by another USPPA instructor that states he should be allowed to waive the apprenticeship requirement (a total of 2 recommendations).
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