No 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, Otto, and "Pending Data Input."
Will there be a printable image for my carding?
We will not postal mail cards. You may print your Pilot Page.
: Under construction: visit your Pilot Page via
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.
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 actions.
Must I be a US citizen?
has flown a hang glider in US airspace, then USHGRS may certify
a rating statement on a dedicated Pilot Page regarding a pilot.
Also, 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 "Otto".
USHGRS does not address other sports or activities or refined
special skills. There is no fee for the process.
Does a 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
Is USHGRS a club or a member association?
There is no joining or unjoining.
Consider good buddy systems locally.
Have fun; be safe.
Can USHGRS remove a rating?
No. Once stated, the rating remains
If the posted text accidentally gets deleted, the rating is
still valid; and the posting may occur again.
Please report to us if you find a Pilot Page is missing; thank
Is there an expiration date for a rating?
No. Be sure to stay current for any action you intend performing.
How does USHGRS arrive at a rating for a recreational hang glider
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 an unanimous vote of the review committee,
then the rating is stated on a Pilot Page and launched to the
world. The data sources may include some, alll, or more than
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.
Can 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.
May 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.
What are the links and notes I see in the lower sections of
a Pilot Page?
Occasionally public-domain matter concerning a pilot will be
linked or noted.
A pilot may
we remove one or more 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
What efforts by the HG Pilot are done in the HG world that
lead to a ratng certified by USHGRS?
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.
Can a pilot opt out from having a USHGRS Pilot Page?
Maybe; 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
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 certifies.
Do I have to renew my rating at USHGRS ?
No. Your rating remains valid forever.
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 to execute.
>>>>> Never be fooled by having a rating.
What is the reach of USHGRS?
The 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.
Address such matters in your local RHG group.
Local groups and clubs will address these matters. There are
hundreds of special skills available to those recreationally
hang gliding. Your specials skills may or may not 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 aviation.
There is no intermediate private pilot, or advanced private
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!"
USHGRS 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 decisions.
What evolving relationships does USHGRS have with other entities?
Answer is at:
Report a typo or other error or suggestions or new pilot data:
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 mentioned on