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Updates regarding training

  1. USPPA Instructor Clinic Availability

    June 23, 2021

    Chad Bastian will be holding an instructor’s clinic at this year’s Endless Footdrag Sep 20 – 26, 2021. Event information is here. For more information, please visit here.

  2. Current USPPA Tandem Exemption 9751

    March 18, 2021

    Here is the latest USPPA exemption. It must be carried with you while doing covered tandem flights. PDF USPPA Tandem Exemption 9751F FAA-2002-12476 Expires Sept 30, 2022.

  3. Letter to Tandem Instructors

    Dear USPPA Instructor, Thank you for continued support of powered paragliding—doing work that is critical to our sport’s sustainable growth. We aim to provide you with the best possible tools. To that end, we worked to garner an exemption for tandem instruction of students. We all win when responsible, safe, knowledgeable pilots emerge from your […]

  4. Proposed changes to ratings program 2021 Feb

    February 23, 2021

    Back to Training Documents | Tandem Instructor Program Solo Ratings Program ver 2019a These are primary ratings offered by USPPA for powered paraglider pilots. Differentiation is provided for wheel launch and foot launch—only the items required for the launch skill sought must be demonstrated. For information on the Tandem Program, refer TandemProgram.PDF, and for the […]

  5. Instructor Recurrency Course Material

    October 20, 2020

    Francesco DeSantis has been working with a number of different schools and is willing to step up and help write the course material that will be used for our long-approved/funded/programmed instructor recurrency program. Once in place, we will turn on the already-programmed instructor currency. Meaning that instructors will have to pass this test every period […]

  6. 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. […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 you used to sign up for membership. Go here to verify membership or rating.

  9. 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 […]

  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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