fees for the USHGRS
service concerning ratings! Pilots have enough
costs at their end of the process! We are supported by
occasional donations. Treat a mentor to a meal. Be kind to observers
and reporters. Pay for any professional instruction you obtain; pay the
postage or time it takes to send USHGRS related facts or enhanced
interest notes for your Pilot Page. The domain of ratings certified by
USHGRS is : H0, H1, H2, H3, H4, HGP, S-SA Otto-0 Top
- Will there be a printable image for my
Yes. We will not postal
mail cards. You may print your Pilot Page.
: Under construction: visit your Pilot Page via http://USHGRS.org
using any Internet connection. A formal, always-the-same look,
image in PDF format over-imaged with essential statements and USHGRS
logo and art will be linkable there soon after a pilot has asked for
such a printable item, as this project is yet under construction; email
asking for the image will hasten the production of an image for
you. No charges. Free. In time such a PDF file will be
linked for all known-to-be-active HG Pilots. We have not an USHGRS
logo This note: Sept. 22, 2018. Top
- Is a
rating an aircraft pilot's license?
FAR 103 has hang gliders that meet
the weight requirements be without "aircraft" requirements; no license
is needed. A rating is a self-regulation communications tool to help us
stay aware of risks. Each launch requires risk management; hopefully no
rated pilot forgets that at each launch, the realities of the scene
cannot read a rating; one must face each scene's parameters anew. A
rating does not guarantee safety. We do not need any license to fly in
the federal airspace, so long as we totally respect allowed airspace,
others, and others' properties. We are 100% responsible for our
I be a US citizen?
one has flown a hang glider in US airspace, then USHGRS may
certify a rating statement on a dedicated Pilot Page regarding a
if you are planning to fly in US airspace, then email USHGRS with data
that could become part of the certification process; have your mentors,
observers, examiners, coaches, or instructors email USHGRS about you
also. With such and other tools, USHGRS will certify a rating from H0
through H4 or a simple "HGP" or in some instances "S-SA Otto
0". USHGRS does not address other sports or activities or
refined special skills. There is no fee for the process. Top
rating affect the airworthiness of the wing?
Not directly; but the
judgment and awareness needed for a rating will
affect how a pilot examines a glider used. Be sure the craft is fit for
the tasks! FARs require we do no damage to others or others'
properties and things. Top
USHGRS a club or a member association?
No. There is no joining or unjoining. Consider good
buddy systems locally. Have fun; be safe. Top
USHGRS remove a rating?
No. Once stated, the rating
If the posted text
accidentally gets deleted, the rating is still valid; and the posting
may occur again. Top
there an expiration date for a rating?
Be sure to stay current for any action you intend
- How does USHGRS arrive at a rating for a recreational hang glider pilot?
The process sometimes is
quick and easy. At other cases the process is very extensive. We open a
case file titled by the pilot's name. Then we load the case file with
data. If review committee has any objection to the proposed rating to
be stated, then a pause occurs while further data is obtained and
analysis occurs. When there is a unanimous vote of the review
committee, then the rating is stated on a Pilot Page and launched to
the world. The data sources are not limited to the following streams:
mentors' reports, coaches' reports, instructors' reports, observers'
reports, local group reports and local ratings, local club minutes and
ratings, state ratings, national ratings, pilot-input data, examiner
reports, test results, flight videos, flight history, interviews,
newspaper articles, magazine articles, local club newsletters,
commentaries, forums' text, photographs, converations, and more.
The data is meshed witth pilot proficiency leveled-skill standards over
many styles of recreational hang gliding. Top
USHGRS discipline or expel a pilot?
No. However, links on a pilot's Pilot Page to pertinent information
may affect a pilot's standing at flight sites. Be safe; play well
with others; avoid all poor behavior; communicate well; have no
accidents or incidents. Practice. Operate within your immediate
readiness realm. Help others. Care for your gear. Stay hydrated. Hook
into your wing and then check that fact just before launching. Etc. You
know how to be a good recreational hang glider pilot. Top
the public see our USHGRS-stated ratings?
Yes, the web pages involved
are open to the public. There is no membership password needed to view
pilots' ratings. Top
are the links and notes I see in the lower sections of a Pilot Page?
matter concerning a pilot will be
linked or noted. A pilot may request we remove one or
links. Those items are meant to enhance interest in recreational hang
gliding. Think of such content as a dynamic evolving magazine about
part of that pilot's hang gliding world. Top
What efforts by
the HG Pilot are done in the HG world that lead to a ratng certified by
The efforts are very substantial over considerable amount of time.
There are the efforts of ground-school, perhaps self-guided, but
often guided by mentors or articles and books. There are efforts to
get into physical fitness for the intended style of HG activity
intended. And efforts to practice the elements of wing management,
handling, and care. And efforts to journal and perhaps share learning
points; the effort of reflection and analysis permeates the path to
safe and enjoyable hang gliding. The pilot will invest robust energy to
prepare for and fulfill practice sessions to build up mastery over
elementary checks and motions. The pilot will make effort to listen to
observers and mentors. And more. Though USHGRS does its part, the
huge hard part is done by the HG Pilot. Some certifications are done by
USHGRS with little effort by staff of USHGRS; but sometimes the USHGRS
volunteers go to long and complex efforts when a case presents with
sketchy incomplete information that do not match or standards. So,
sometimes USHGRS asks some HG Pilots in pending cases to make certain
efforts that would help move the case to a conclusion. Top
pilot opt out from having a USHGRS Pilot Page?
just email us about
your wish and concerns. Else, not, if your
name is in public-domain news about recreational hang gliding.
Independent rating of HG pilots is an important cornerstone of our
sport. If you are retired from recreational hang gliding
and do not want to be mentioned in the Full List
or Family Name list
then that is a matter that could trigger taking you off the list and removing a related Pilot Page. Only
historical matters will be kept, perhaps in HangGliderHistory.com. Getting rated via USHGRS has an
involuntary aspect; that is, a pilot cannot merely rate himself or
herself relative to the USHGRS; self-declaration is an important sector
of concern, but such is
insufficient to conclude
the USHGRS process.
USHGRS does not play games or charge fees with the ratings it
have to renew my rating at USHGRS ?
Your rating remains
However, it is up to you to keep current the skills and knowlege and
judgment and overall readiness for the launch and flight you are about
Never be fooled by having a rating. Top
is the reach of USHGRS?
USHGRS will only serve
FAR 103 airframed hang gliders and within
non-towing and non-powered realms. To serve a sector need not stop
other sectors of flight from forming particular service agents. Other
agents are welcome to integrate USHGRS into their platform of services.
matters in your local RHG group. Top
groups and clubs will address these matters. There are hundreds of
special skills available to those recreationally hang gliding. Your
specials skills will show on the printable HGPilotCard available from
your Pilot Page. Keep us informed of skills to be remarked about on
your Pilot Page.
- What does it all
mean? Here we will
post some interpretations:
- "A skill level rating system
seems like a good idea on paper, but means nothing in real life.
Everyone learns and forgets at their own pace. Numbers don't translate
to skill. Type of flying, past life experience, and currency hold much
weight. Snow sports and mountain biking rate the run/trail from green
to black or orange, rafters use classes 1-6 for whitewater, climbers
rate the climb 1-5. Beyond being a rated as a pilot, it's unnecessary
and misleading to go beyond that. This is aviation, but recreational
is no intermediate private pilot, or advanced private pilot. Any
additional classification should be regarding the conditions and/or
flying sites, not
the pilot. When a pilot is ready for a double black diamond is
their decision. What if you were carded for your rating card every time
you got off a ski lift? No one would go to ski resorts. Institution is
the opposite of freedom!"
certifications are forever; it is up to the Hang Glider Pilot to
right-now be current for the type of activity one chooses while facing
the right-now site, self, sky, and landing zone conditions. Don't be
fooled by a pilot rating. Injury and death await poor judgment or poor
- Reinstatement Fee:
USHGRS volunteers spend
considerable time researching pilots for ratings including the
reception of data from pilots and others in pilots' recreational hang
gliding world. The USHGRS team give their time freely to bring this
service to the sport of hang gliding. They use information that is in
the public domain (primarily the Internet); instructor emails; pilot
emails; reports from observers, examiners, coaches; results of
interviews; written test results; magazines; e-zines; club reports;
pilot logs; witnesses' reports; and more. There is no fee for USHGRS
USHGRS reserves the right to state a rating for any pilot based on
public domain information and passing our certification process.
Ratings may be changed upon new-information review and certification.
Please continue to e-mail information to ratings@USHGRS.org
However, some pilots may not wish to be rated by USHGRS. If such a
pilot makes a request to be removed from the USHGRS list, the request
will generally be honored with the understanding that a reinstatement
fee may be charged if the pilot should later decide to have their
rating again listed with USHGRS.
amount of the USHGRS reinstatement fee for any given case is at the
discretion of USHGRS. The amount may be zero or it may be considerable
(and punitive) based on USHGRS assessment of the pilot's reasons for
requesting the removal/reinstatement effort. The reinstatement fee
system is intended to protect the USHGRS volunteers from unnecessary
effort and from abuse of their time. Imagine someone weekly: on, off,
on, off, on, off, ...
- What evolving relationships does USHGRS have with other entities?
Answer is at: USHGRS Relationships
- Report a typo or other error or suggestions or new pilot data:
info@USHGRS.org Thank you. Top
- What types of hang gliding activities are there as options?
Variables: hang glider type, wind, conditions, launch, purpose, budget,
time, energy, fitness, speed, distance, challenge, maneuvers,
... 100s of options. Skills in a chosen option
may be improved or neglected. Consider some of the options mention on Niche Activity.