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Becoming an Instructor

It’s way more than just a rating. It’s valuable tips and techniques that will help make you more effective. You will learn the best practices to help your students quickly learn, survive and thrive in this vulnerable time of their education.

Over the years a lot has been learned about what works and what doesn’t. This clinic will improve your instruction by sharing that wealth of information along with earning your instructor rating for those who qualify.

You’ll appreciate the course as much as your students will appreciate you having the knowledge.

USPPA Instructor & Tandem Training

Thank you for your interest in Instructor and Tandem Pilot Instruction. Tandem flights are considered "Instructional" by the FAA, and consequently require the Tandem pilot to be a certified Instructor first. Please look at this document for the Instructor requirements:

InstructorFirst step is to begin your Apprenticeship in preparation for the Instructor Clinic. This is a very important part of your training to become an Instructor since it gives you hands-on experience working with real PPG students. This usually done with your local USPPA Instructor, you'll need at least 20 hours working with them to satisfy those requirements. 

You will also need to be able to present all topics necessary to satisfy the USPPA Syllabus for Instructor. We have assembled a list of these topics which is shown at the bottom of this page. 

Basically, the Instructor Clinic is where you come demonstrate that you have learned to teach. We evaluate your ability to present and execute PPG Training according to the USPPA Suyllabus. One of the best tools an instructor trainee can have is Jeff Goin's book: Paraglider & Paramotor Instructor

Once you are ready, you may attend an Instructor Clinic presented by an Instructor Administrator. I do a couple of these each year, usually one at the Salton Sea Gathering of PPG Pilots in February, and often again at the Endless Foot Drag in Kansas in June. Look on the left navbar to see the next clinic we are planning.

Read through the pages linked below to learn more about the progression towards yout Tandem Pilot rating. If you have more questions, please feel free to ask.

Thank you for helping improve the standard of quality training in our sport!


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USPPA Instructor & Tandem Ratings

There are some requirements to consider - have a look at the USPPA Ratings, Instructor & Tandems Clinics page - specifically look at the USPPA page for Training to be an Instructor and/or do Tandems.

PPG Instructor Experience and Minimums:

  1. One year of flying using a paramotor.

  2. 120 flights using a paramotor.

  3. 45 flying days using a paramotor.

  4. Has had a USPPA PPG3 rating for at least 180 days.

  5. Pilots wishing to be able to teach Wheeled Launch techniques must also have their USPPA PPG3 rating for Wheeled Launch and have at least 60 flights.

  6. 50 solo airtime hours.

  7. Agrees to apply minimum training standards prior to student instruction, flight and other areas as appropriate.

  8. Adheres to "Instructor Commitment Letter" whenever doing instruction for USPPA rating.


Ground School Subjects:

Here are the Ground School Subjects that Instructor attendees will be expected to present:

  1. USPPA Syllabus Overview
  2. Wheeled Syllabus
  3. FAR 103 Highlights
  4. Waivers & Your School
  5. Safety & Limitations
  6. Judgment & Attitude
  7. Wing Care
  8. Radio Commands
  9. Reserve Parachutes
  10. Torque
  11. Basic Flight Maneuvers
  12. Flying Ettiquite: For the Public, Cameras, with Fellow Pilots, Fly-Ins
  13. Extreme Maneuvers & Aerobatics
  14. Emergencies
  15. Flying near Water
  16. Solo Briefing
  17. Starting Your Motor Safely
  18. Weather Overview
  19. Wind Gusts, Thermals, Gradients, Rotor
  20. Prop Wash & Wingtip Vortices
  21. Aerodynamics
  22. Safety & Limitations
  23. Risk & Reward
  24. Site Evaluation
  25. Equipment - Glider
  26. Equipment - Motor
  27. Equipment - Propeller
  28. Throttle Considerations
  29. Best Glide & Wind Effects
  30. Wing Certifications
  31. Airspace
  32. Long Distance XC
  33. Setup and Preflight
  34. Hooking In
  35. Inflations, Forward & Reverse
  36. Kiting the Glider
  37. High Winds
  38. Launching
  39. Landing


USPPA Approved

Short video by Ben Muir after our last Instructor's Clinic at the Salton Sea:


Another video shared by one of our recent graduates, Nik Rasheta:

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