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Beginner Paragliding Rating (P-1)
A. General Description – A Beginner pilot has the knowledge and basic skills necessary to fly and practice under direct instructor supervision and within significant operating limitations. The pilot understands the USHPA paragliding rating systems and recommended operating limitations.
B. Beginner Rating – Required Witnessed Tasks

  1. Attends and completes a basic ground school.
  2. Layout and preflight of canopy and harness.
  3. Demonstrates canopy handling skills sufficient to launch – under control.
  4. With each flight, demonstrate method(s) of establishing that pilot is properly connected to the canopy, with cleared lines and risers, just prior to inflation.
  5. Launch unassisted showing:
    a. Smooth, confident inflation and run.
    b. Pendulum control during launch.
    c. Directional control.
    d. Smooth transition from running to flying, during launch.
  6. Airspeed recognition and control,
    a. Two flights, predetermined to show:
    i. Constant airspeed.
    ii. Smooth straight flight towards a pre-selected target.
    iii. Safe, smooth landing, on feet, into wind.
    b. Two flights, predetermined to show:
    i. Confident, slight variation in airspeed showing awareness of control inputs and pendulum control.
    ii. Smoothly increasing airspeed, and smoothly slowing airspeed showing good control.
    iii. Safe, smooth landing, on feet, into wind.
  7. Shows the ability to recognize and understand how different wind conditions at this site will affect their flights.
    a. Wind direction.
    b. Wind velocity.
    c. Terrain shape.
    d. Obstructions.
  8. On each flight, demonstrates proper post-landing procedure, to include, but not limited to:
    a. Canopy deflation.
    b. Canopy immobilization.
    c. Checking traffic.
    d. Removal of canopy from landing area.
    e. Disconnection from the canopy.
  9. Demonstration of understanding of the importance of proper packing, storage, and care of the canopy.
  10. The pilot shall use good judgment and have a level of maturity commensurate with the rating.
  11. Must pass the USHPA Beginner Paragliding written exam.
  12. Must agree to all the provisions of the USHPA standard waiver and assumption of risk agreement for the Beginner rating and deliver an original signed copy to the USHPA office.

C. Recommended Operating Limitations for Beginner Pilots:
1. Should exceed these limitations only after demonstrating complete mastery of the required Beginner paragliding tasks (above), and only after acquiring a full understanding of the potential problems and dangerous situations which may arise from exceeding these limitations.
2. It is highly recommended that all flights be made under the direct supervision of a
USHPA Certified Basic or Advanced Paragliding Instructor.
3. Should fly only in steady winds of 12 MPH. or less.
4. If foot launching, should only foot launch only on slopes of 3:1 – 4:1, where wind is within
15° of being straight up the slope.
5. Should launch only when there are no obstructions within 60° to either side of the
intended flight path, and when pilot may fly straight out from launch to landing with no
need to maneuver and no possibility of over-flying the landing area.
6. Should fly appropriate sites for this skill level.
7. Should fly a canopy recommended by the manufacturer as suitable for Beginner or
Novice pilots.

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