Ratings: PPG 2

This rating signifies that the pilot should be able to fly on his/her own within the limits specified below. It is the beginning of a lengthy learning period.



PPG 2 Ground Requirements

1. Pilot uses good judgment and have a level of maturity commensurate with the rating.

2. Attends a minimum of 8 hours of ground school.

3. Explains correct canopy maintenance.

4. Setup and preflight the glider, harness and reserve. (reserve may be explained if not equipped)

5. Verbal analysis of general site conditions including a flight plan (flight path, avoidance areas, obstacles, wind effects)

6. Demonstrates proper and effective PLF technique.

7. Demonstrate reserve deployment while hanging in a harness in simulated turbulence or malfunction conditions. This may be done without an actual reserve if none is available.

8. Explain the basics of airspace as it pertains to PPG and how to determine legal flight areas from sectional charts including how to obtain a weather briefing.

9. Explains proper strong wind landing procedures and how to keep from being dragged back.

10. Has received training in and understands collapses, stalls, spins, and turbulence-induced collapses, is familiar with the canopy owner’s manual and the USPPA incident reports.

11. Explains how to shorten and lengthen flight path with no power.

12. Explains speedbar and trimmers, their use, risks, and limitations, including for reflex wings.

13. Explains the right of way traffic rules.

14. Explains how to maintain directional control during and correct for an asymmetric wing fold of 25% of the wing span

15. Has passed the USPPA/USUA PPG2 written exam and reviewed incorrect answers. PPG 2


Flight Requirements (Launch/Landing/Inflation)

1. Consistently succeeds at 2 out of 3 no-wind (0-2 mph) forward inflations.

2. (FL) Consistently succeeds at 2 out of 3 controlled reverse inflations with proper surge dampening.

3. Two minutes of controlled kiting overhead (foot launch only).

4. (Wheel launch only) 30 seconds of controlled taxiing without lifting off.

5. Two cross-wind (> 15º cross to takeoff path) launches in light wind (<= 5 mph).

6. Consistently makes 2 out of 3 smooth, power-on landings within 15′ of a target and into the wind.

7. Consistently makes 2 out of 3 power-off (from 300′) landings within 40′ of a target and into the wind.

8. (WL) Brief and instruct ground crew for assisted launch.

9. Demonstrates smooth variation in airspeed and throttle to maintain level flight from just above min sink to fast flight on a constant heading

10. Alternating ‘S’ turn (at least 90° heading change) flights along a planned path. Heading change < 45° into wind.

11. Hands off (or up) flying with smooth transition to climb and descent using throttle only.

12. Hands off (or up) flying with turns using weight-shift (if available) and rear riser turns. Page 3 Revision 2012-Aug-10 Update format, modify limits, streamline. PPG 2 Minimum Logged



Flight Experience These are minimums. It is common to need 40 or more flights before attaining PPG 2 skill levels.

1. 25 flights except that, for USHPA P2 or higher rated paraglider pilots, 15 non-powered flights can be used to count towards the 25 flight requirement.

2. 5 flying days.


PPG 2 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 things that should be considered before flying but this is a good starting point.

1. Only exceed these limitations after thoroughly mastering all PPG 2 tasks and with full understanding of the potential problems and dangers involved in doing so.

2. Max peak thermal strength 200 fpm.

3. Max gusts of 12 mph.

4. Max gust rate of 5 mph in 5 seconds

5. Should not launch with the wind aligned more than 25 degrees from the takeoff path.

6. Avoid using of brake beyond 2/3 of full travel (stall).

7. Max bank angle of 30 degrees.

8. Avoid flying downwind less than 150′ above the ground.

9. Use canopy rated for beginner (DHV 1, 1-2, EN-A, EN-B or equivalent other rating).

10. Takeoff and landing area should allow unimpeded climb and landing approach without maneuvering below 100′ AGL