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Schools & Training

Quality training is the single most important investment you will make

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.

2019-Jan-4: New version of Syllabuses and Rating Program Documents are “ver 2019a”.

These are streamlined, more consistent, and have been updated to be more inline with the FAA’s requirements for footlaunch and wheeled Tandem Training. Instructors please use the new materials.

References are made to the FAA’s PHAK is the “Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.”

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Schools / Clubs

Our Commitment: Help people select the school that best serves their needs

Note: A Wheel Launch (WL) Instructor can give a PPG1, 2 or 3 WL rating. A Footlaunch (FL) Instructor can give a PPG1, 2 or 3 FL Rating. A High Wind rating can be given by an instructor who holds the high wind rating. An Administrator can give any rating they hold, including instructor and tandem instructor.

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 without the precision landing special skill. 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.

SIV Courses

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 Expiration

Expired ratings are only valid and verifiable with a current membership. Ratings may be re-instituted within 3 years of membership expiration 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 if it’s easily legible.

After that date a pilot must go through an instructor to earn ratings through the regular process.

Ratings Verification

If a third party needs to verify your rating Have them go here where they can enter your member number and last name to get a list of your ratings.

For a rating to appear, the instructor must have submitted appropriate documentation and it has been approved by a volunteer who checks it for accuracy and completeness. If you have a rating that is not showing up contact your instructor or administrator.

Transition From Other Organization (Grandfathering)

If you are instructor certified through another organization, meet our experience requirements, and would like administer USPPA ratings, we have options. Visit Accepting Instructors From Other Programs page.

Submit Club/School

There is no charge to add a PPG club or school to the USPPA Directory. To add your organization, please login to the Member Services area. If you are not a USPPA member, please contact the webmaster.

Edit Club/School Listing

Click here to edit your club/school listing online.

Instructor Administrators

These individuals put on Instructor Clinics for Instructor candidates who meet the requirements listed in the ratings program.



488 Chad Bastian CA
1281 John Black FL
4 Chris Bowles NC
52 Jose Casaudoumecq FL
121 Javier Casaudoumecq FL
1316 Paul Czarnecki FL
3100 Shane Denherder UT
43 Francesco Desantis IA
29 Eric Dufour FL
80 Steve Mayer UT
318 Phil Russman CA
57 Chris Santacroce UT
3094 Eric Farewell FL
1688 Ryan Shaw AZ
347 Dave Halcomb IL
1802 Donald Brock TX
500 Westover Dr. #2384
Sanford, NC 27330
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