USPPA Ratings

While training is not legally required for powered paragliding it’s utter folly to skimp. Experts make it look simple but skills and knowledge are quite different than other forms of aviation. Not harder, just different. And just as important. We strive provide a standard of skills, knowledge, and experience so that everyone knows what’s needed. Get thorough training and insist that the USPPA syllabus is used through at least a PPG 2 rating. It may take longer, but it will be well worth it.

Hand Signals for PPG
Radio Communications are normally maintained but sometimes hand signals work better or the radio may fail.

Instructor Commitment
As part of the USPPA training program, instructors make this commitment to help insure their instruction is as safe and effective as possible.

List of Instructors that Give Ratings
In order for an instructor to show up on this list they must have given at least one rating. Plus you can see who is actively giving ratings within the past 12 months. The reason this is important is because both the instructor and student sign off on doing the training as listed in the entire syllabus for the rating sought.

Many accidents, especially for new pilots, can be prevented through intense simulator training on emergencies and other more mundane situations that experienced pilots handle with little thought.

Training Incentive Program
The USPPA will reimburse part of a pilot’s training cost when they achieve a PPG 2 or instructor rating. This is to discourage shortcuts that can be, in the long run, so terribly disappointing.

Training Standards
These standards are meant to be a guide to instructors in an effort to reduce risk to the student and improve learning.

USPPA Recognized Schools
Current list of USPPA recognized schools. Enter the name or the first few letters.

Highly Experienced Pilots
Changes were approved to allow for quicker testing of highly experienced pilots. The standards are identical but now pilots with more flight time can obtain a rating after showing only 2 of the last 3 spot landings (power-allowed and power off). This change affects the PPG2 and PPG3. The intent is to allow instructors who are primarily testing pilots for a rating to be able to complete it within a weekend (2-day) clinic. Also the online tests have been modified to streamline and improve their accuracy. Contact your nearest USPPA Instructor to obtain a rating. The syllabus, available to USPPA/USUA instructors, has also been updated.

Ratings Program Change
After reviewing instructor comments and observations, we have made a change to the PPG2 rating requirement that makes it more realistic. The spot landing requirements have been modified and changed to allow a slightly larger area that better reflects the skills necessary for safe flying. Of course it’s always good to strive for more skill and better accuracy but a pilot who can consistently land within 40 feet of his target has a sufficient grasp of the craft to warrant the PPG2, our basic pilot rating. Relative to speed, this is still stricter than what’s required of an FAA private pilot (the equivalent of a PPG2 in their certified world). The full ratings document, now maintained as a PDF, is available on the Ratings page or click here.

Advisory Circular 103-7
head_logo AC103-7 was put out in 1984 and answers many questions regarding the intent of the regulation, especially as it applies to commercial operations questions. We’ve put it under regulations (with our other FAA Part 103 material) in an easy-to-read format (click here). This is in response to a number of questions that have come in regarding how a PPG can be used for advertisement and other uses. The gist is that it cannot. You can have lettering on your wing but cannot fly for the purpose of advertising any business. If someone buys you a wing and you’re just flying it, that’s fine as long as they’re not telling you where or when or how much you must fly it.