PPG 1 Rating This first step establishes the skills, knowledge and experience for the pilot who gets to take his first two flights. He is far from ready to venture out on his/her own but has made a significant milestone.
PPG 1 Ground Requirements
1. Proper layout and pre-flight check of canopy and motor (including harness).
2. Has successfully completed a basic ground school.
3. Understanding of proper canopy packing, storage and care.
4. Site analysis including wind direction and velocity, terrain shape, obstructions and engine-out planning.
5. Proper canopy handling and kiting skills.
6. Explains motor, propeller, and fueling safety.
7. Understands basic operation the motor including at least two ways to shut it off and what to look for on preflight runup.
8. Explains effects of Center of Gravity and wing connection location on the harness or cart frame.
9. (wheel launch only) Explains the cause and cure to rollover-type accidents.
10. Has passed the USPPA/USUA PPG 1 written exam.
PPG 1 Flight Requirements (Launch/Landing/Inflation)
1. Two controlled forward inflations with visual canopy check each time.
2. (FL) Two controlled reverse inflations with proper surge dampening.
3. (FL) Half-minute of controlled kiting overhead in a steady wind.
4. (WL) 15 seconds of controlled taxiing without lifting off.
5. Demonstrates a method of establishing proper connection to the wing, with cleared lines and risers, just prior to inflation.
6. Demonstrates two unassisted (other than radio) flights.
PPG 1 Limitations
These recommended limitations are intended to provide a guide for those at this skill level to remain within their ability. Obviously there are other considerations before flying but this is a good starting point. Only exceed these limitations under instructor supervision.
1. All flights must be under the supervision of an instructor.
2. Max wind, including gusts of 8 mph
3. Launch and land directly into the wind
4. Use canopy rated for beginner (DHV 1, 1-2, EN-A, EN-B or equivalent other rating).
5. Takeoff and landing area should allow unimpeded climb and landing approach without maneuvering below 100′ AGL.