USPPA Accident Investigation Team

Learning from accidents to avoid repetition

The USPPA has committed up to $3000 per year for accident investigation assistance.

If you know of an accident that just happened, please contact us with all available information so we offer the team’s assistance. If you are law enforcement or an FAA official, we would like to offer expertise and may be able to get someone on site.


The hope is that, if there is sufficient opportunity to learn from an accident, and we are allowed access by those involved (pilot, family, authorities), that we will fly one trained individual to the site to gather evidence, bring back photos and other evidence to the committee, then work to establish probable cause and contributing factors; the goals of which are to make future training recommendations and other helpful improvements where needed.

The team, put together by Christopher Pine, is Chaired by Dr. Ed Lowder who has attended formal accident investigation training. All members are also paramotor pilots. Ed’s background is in medicine, forensics and military accident investigation. He will be assisted by Chris Santacroce, Phil Russman, Chad Bastian, Eric Dufour and others as needed.

Local USPPA-member pilots may be contacted to get pictures or talk with accident pilots, witnesses or family members.

We are motivated to do this since neither the FAA nor NTSB investigates ultralight accidents which limits our ability to learn and therefore adjust our training materials to reflect real life safety concerns.

500 Westover Dr. #2384
Sanford, NC 27330
866-37-USPPA (87772)