Why Paramotor Ratings
2016-07-13 Why Does USPPA issue Ratings?
I fielded a question about why USPPA issues ratings. This person
seemed weirdly upset, like they were put upon, or that USPPA was trying
to pull the wool over pilots eyes that ratings are required. I never
understand that since voluntary efforts at recognizing accomplishments
have been around for many, many years. Maybe the Red Cross is an evil
organization for offering life saving certifications?
One of the main reasons for starting USPPA in the first place was to
keep our sport out of the government's grasp while offering standards for
pilots to train to. It also gives strangers or event organizers a way to
insure the person has attained some minimum competency. It's not perfect,
of course, skills degrade, some pilots only barely attain them and not
every instructor is as thorough as we'd like. But it's better than
nothing. Asking someone how many flights they've had verges on irrelevant.
So here is how I answer the question about why we issue ratings when
they're not required of the government including the asker's statement
about being able to print his own rating.
1. We don't issue licenses, we issue ratings. It's mostly semantics
because FAA licenses include ratings, but we followed the USHPA model of
calling them ratings to help distinguish them from government licenses.
2. Lots of organizations do things that aren't required of
3. We issue them in the same way NAUI & PADI issue
diver ratings or that USHPA, and many other organizations issue various
recognitions of accomplishments.
4. We can do this because in the
USA you're free to do many, many things without, or with minimal
government consent or involvement.
5. Our rating *IS* recognized by
the Federal Aviation Administration in that the tandem rating allows the
instructor to take passengers as students.
6. Our rating *IS*
recognized in some other governments according to members who have done
7. Training is not required any more than it is
for scuba diving, free flying and many other activities. The training
program is intended for new entrants to have a thorough program with ind
ustry standards that recognizes student accomplishment to set levels.
8. You're absolutely free to print your own!
2016 Jeff Goin & Tim Kaiser Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown