Instructors are vital to the future of the sports of Hang Gliding and Paragliding, and the USHPA has designed an instructor certification process to help pilots become instructors. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, here's a brief description of the certification process that can help you become a Basic Instructor (solo) or a Tandem Instructor. If you have any questions about this process, please contact one of the administrators listed in the links in item #4 below. Administrators are responsible for running the certification process and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about it.
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1. Verify that you meet the experience requirements to become a Basic Instructor
(Intermediate or higher rating, plus for paraglider pilots a minimum of 200 flying
days and 300 flights and completion of a reserve clinic and two additional clinics
from the following list: Thermal/X-C, Ridge Soaring, Tandem, and Towing) or a Tandem
Instructor (Advanced rating, Turbulence sign-off, AND minimum 200 hours of logged
air time OR 100 hours with 500 flights of at least 500 ft. vertical descent OR 100
hours with 500 flights of 2 minutes duration or longer).
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requirements in SOP 12-5
Tandem Instructor requirements in SOP 12-2
2. Obtain a Standard Red Cross First Aid Card or equivalent by taking a first
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3. Complete an FOI (Fundamentals of Instructing) test which can be administered
by a USHPA Instructor Administrator or a USHPA Tandem Administrator or any FAA authorized
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4. For Basic Instructor candidates: Contact an Instructor Administrator to schedule a
three-phase IP (Instructor Training Seminar, apprenticeship, Instructor Evaluation).
For Tandem Instructor candidates: Contact a Tandem Administrator to schedule a Tandem
Clinic and perform a minimum of 25 flights with other rated pilots prior to taking
the Tandem Instructor exam.
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HG Instructor Administrator list
HG Tandem Administrator list
PG Instructor Administrator list
PG Tandem Administrator list
Instructor Certification/Recertification flowchart