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Advanced Training

USPPA Instructor / Tandem Instructor

ADVANCED TRAINING FAQ'S

What is Epic Paramotor "advanced training"?

Advanced training is for PPG pilots who already have a USPPA PPG3 rating or equivalent skills and want to become a USPPA foot launch instructor or USPPA tandem foot launch instructor. We only offer foot launch training, not wheel launch (trikes/quads).

What are the requirements to become a USPPA Instructor?

The USPPA minimum requirements for all ratings are available here: USPPA Ratings Program

300 flights of incident free airtime on a powered paraglider.
Ability to consistently perform zero-wind landings.
Have a reputation of safe and high skilled flying abilities.
Read all the other requirements here: USPPA Ratings Program

Aside from what the USPPA requires, we have additional requirements for pilots interested in our advanced training program. In order to do advanced training with us, we expect that you have experience flying a paramotor in more than one environment. For example, flying at a coastal/beach site and also an inland or mountainous site. The more locations the better. We expect instructor candidates to be well-rounded when it comes to experiencing different terrains, seasons, and equipment (wings and motors/frames). For tandem instructor pilots you should have a minimum of 300 incident-free flights and should be consistently successful at launches and landings.

What are the dates for the advanced training courses?

At this time, advanced training can be done during the dates of our basic training courses (other options may be available, contact us for details). The USPPA requires a minimum of 20 hours of apprentice work. Eligible candidates will assist us during our basic training course and during the 8-day course, will complete both the apprentice hours and also the USPPA Instructor syllabus content.

Available spots for advanced training:

September 10 - 17 (Utah): 2 Spots Available
November 8 - 15 (Arizona): 1 Spot Available
December 6 - 13 (Arizona): 0 Spots Available
January 31 - February 9 (Arizona): 2 Spots Available
March 14 - 23 (Arizona): 2 Spots Available
May 27 - June 5 (Utah): 2 Spots Available

I can't attend an 8-day course. Are there other options?

At this time, we will only consider advanced training outside our 8-day format on a case-by-case basis. If you can't take the time to attend one of our 8-day training courses, please contact us to see what we can do for you.

Where do you do the advanced training courses?

From November - April we do our training course in Arizona at a field near Maricopa, AZ.
From May - October we do our training course in Utah at an airport near Eagle Mountain, UT.

Logistics - Both of our training locations allow for camping. Students are welcome to bring camp trailers (dry camping) and stay on-site for the duration of the course. As an alternative, students can stay at nearby hotels or Airbnbs and commute daily. If you have questions about logistics, please contact us.

Can a USPPA Instructor offer tandem flights?

No. A USPPA Instructor rating is not the same as a USPPA Tandem Instructor rating. A USPPA Instructor may offer PPG1, PPG2, and PPG3 ratings to students but can not legally offer tandem flights to students (See FAR 103 for details). A USPPA Tandem Instructor can offer the PPG1 - 3 ratings AND can legally offer tandem flights for instruction purposes only.

How do I become a USPPA Tandem Instructor?

In order to become a USPPA Tandem Instructor, you must first become a USPPA Instructor. USPPA Instructors can then obtain a USPPA Tandem Trainee rating by meeting the following requirements:

Minimum 100 flight hours or 300 flights of logged incident-free airtime hours on a powered paraglider.

Demonstrate the ability to consistently perform zero-wind and light-wind landings culminating in the slowest possible ground speed at the moment of the flare and when the pilot’s/passenger’s feet first contact the ground.

Candidates will have a reputation/ history of being appropriately conservative, safe, and highly skilled pilots with judgment commensurate with the task of 2-place operation.

At least 1 logged tandem flight as a passenger with a Tandem Instructor (TI).

At least 5 flights as the flying pilot (from the instructor’s position) with the TI or PPG 2 or higher as the second occupant. The TI must witness these flights.

Successful completion of the Tandem written test.

Successful completion of a Tandem Clinic to be administered by the TI or TA who attests that the applicant meets all requirements. This test/training will include, as a minimum, a passenger briefing, checklist use, and successful tandem launches and landings.

Must achieve at least 3 successful inflation and launches including one in wind less than 3 mph (may be simulated).

Once these requirements are met, the trainee must then log at least 24 tandem flights with a passenger that is at least PPG2 or higher and also pass an oral exam and practical exam. Must be a Tandem Trainee for 3 months in order to become a Tandem Instructor.

How long does this process take?

The USPPA Instructor clinic can usually be completed within an 8-day course.
The USPPA Tandem Trainee clinic can usually be completed with 2-3 days.
The USPPA Tandem Instructor rating will usually take months to complete while the candidate logs tandem flight hours.

How much does advanced training cost?

The USPPA Instructor training program costs $600
The USPPA Tandem Instructor training costs $400

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

How do I know if I'm ready to become an instructor?

Aside from the skills and requirements that the USPPA sets, we encourage potential instructors to consider some of the following scenarios:

A student may have a wing that doesn't quite feel right. Would you feel confident in your ability to fly the wing and troubleshoot the potential reasons why it might not "feel right"? Are you comfortable with testing out a student's paramotor to ensure it has the harness set up properly? Are you confident in your ability to adjust brake lines, harness straps, and test the air before sending a student up to fly?

Once you have the skills and the confidence to do these things, take that next step and become an instructor. It's incredibly satisfying to be able to help people to achieve their dream to fly!

What gear do I need in order to get started as an Instructor?

At a minimum, you'll need to be ready to allow others to possibly learn on your own gear. If possible, have at least 2 paramotors, your's and the one you use for training. You can encourage students to learn on their own gear, but not all students will be ready to make such a commitment. You'll need to have at least the correct wing size for the weight of the student you are teaching. If you use your motor to teach, are you ready for the eventual bumps and scrapes that your gear will sustain? Broken props, busted nets, and bent frames are all part of the process of learning. Consider keeping spare netting, props, and other essentials on hand when you start training. Ideally, you'll have a couple of wings and hopefully a couple of motors and helmets. Don't forget comms...you don't want to send up a student without being able to communicate with them.

How else can Epic Paramotor help me as an Instructor?

Our main goal is to see people turn their dreams into reality. We want you to succeed as an Instructor. We can offer tips and advice on other things besides training, like branding and marketing, setting up for gear sales, etc. We're here to help you each step of the way. Please reach out and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

I'M READY TO DO IT! NOW WHAT?

How do I sign up?

Our advanced training program is not simply a program that you can sign up for. There is an application process where you must first, fill out an application, then schedule an interview with us, and then if accepted into the program, we will go over all the details for what it will take for your specific scheduling and requirements.

Let's make the dream a reality!

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