These three (3) day clinics offer all the knowledge, skills, and mindset coaching that you will need to be a safe and successful tandem pilot. Pilot pre-requisites to earn your T1, T2, and T3 certifications are a P4, with 500 flights and 250 hours of airtime, turbulence (TUR) and restricted landing field (RLF) special skills sign-offs.
Tandem Instructor Rating Requirements:
- A current Tandem rating.
- At least 25 logged tandem flights of at least 500′ vertical descent or at least 2 minutes duration as pilot in command using the designated launch method.
- Successful completion of an FOI test (Fundamental of Instruction), a 1-2 day tandem exam clinic and pass a written exam and flight test with a Tandem Administrator. Attendance in the exam clinic cannot precede the requirements above.
- Endorsement of the candidate’s Regional Director.
- Must agree to all the provisions of the USHPA standard waiver and assumption of risk agreement for the Tandem Instructor rating and deliver an original signed copy to the USHPA office.
- Present proof of a current first aid card to a Tandem Administrator.
Tandem Instructor Operating Restrictions and Limitations:
- May offer recreational or instructional flights, utilizing their designated launch method (FL or ST).
- Student must have in their possession a USHPA Student rating (or higher).
- Maximum allowable wing loading must be within the placards of the glider.
- A Tandem Instructor rating only authorizes issuing Tandem-1 ratings, not any other rating or Special Skill.
- Prior to all tandem flights, the passenger or student must be informed that such flights are conducted under an exemption granted by the FAA, and that the ultralight vehicle does not meet aircraft certification standards set forth by the FAA.
- When present at a flying site, a Tandem Paragliding Instructor shall personally ensure that all tandem flying requirements and the site requirements are being strictly followed. He shall personally inspect the USHPA ratings of both tandem passengers and pilots, and shall have the authority to halt those tandem flights that are in non-compliance. Noncompliance shall be reported to the Regional Director.
- Possession of the FAA’s Part 103, FAR Grant of Exemption #4721 is mandatory while flying tandem.
- This exemption expires on October 31, 2018 unless sooner superseded or rescinded.
- All tandem accidents should be reported by the tandem pilot involved and any other tandem pilot aware of the accident.