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Examiners are appointed by Regional Directors for hang gliding, paragliding or both. Examiners are appointed by Regional Directors to serve for a period of one calendar year. Examiners are responsible for the appointment and performance of Observers for their craft (hang glider/paraglider/both), and to serve as a review person when questions regarding the Pilot Proficiency Program arise in their craft and area. Examiners will provide guidance to Observers in mediating conflicts at the pilot level. Examiners shall work cooperatively with the Regional Director/s, Observers and Instructors in his/her region to support their efforts to rate unrated sites, and to support the efforts of Instructors and Observers to obtain compliance by pilots with those site ratings.
Examiner appointments are reviewed annually for renewal by each Regional Director. An identification card, half-moon patch and materials will be sent by the USHPA office upon receipt of the appointment by the Director and the signed acceptance of appointment form.
Observers are appointed by an Examiner for one or more craft (hang glider/paraglider/both) for which they are an Examiner. Observers are only appointed by Examiners within his/her region and must be USHPA Full Members with Intermediate or higher pilot standing. The Observer's duties are to observe pilots' flying skills for rating Intermediate and Advanced ratings, Special Skills, administration of oral (optional) and written (mandatory) tests for those ratings and skills, and to write letters of recommendation for Master Rating applicants to indicate that he/she has known of the applicant's good judgment, safe practices, etc. for a period of three years, or less if indicated. Observers are to actively work to establish proficiency ratings for any flying sites in their area which are presently non-rated.
Observers are renewable each calendar year by the Examiner. If there is a change of residence, the Observer can rate pilots anywhere in the U.S., but must be renewed by the Examiner in the 'new region' in the following year. An identification card, half-moon patch and materials will be sent to all Observers by the USHPA office upon receipt of notification of appointment or re-appointment, and receipt of signed acceptance of appoint form.
5.08 OPERATIONS (OBSERVERS)
A. Administration of Ratings:
B. Rating Filing Fees:Effective August 1st, 1998.
5.09 POLICIES (OBSERVERS)
A. Log Books:
B. Revocation/Reduction of Ratings:
C. Observer Ratings: