PASA Safety Guidelines

1.) Teach within the USHPA’s instructor program. This includes all safety protocol listed in SOPS Section 12 as well as the entire instruction program including all USHPA guidelines and instructor manuals as well as all guidelines for all special skills and sign offs.

2.) Do not teach in unreasonable proximity to power lines.

3.) Teach in reasonably smooth meteorological and micrometeorological conditions. Do not teach in winds that are too strong for the site being used or in gust differential that is higher than is allowed (as listed in the operations).

4.) Do not teach in crosswinds that are more cross or higher in velocity than your approved site operations plan allows.

5.) Keep spectators a safe distance from flight operations as listed in the approved site operations plan.

6.) Student parachute usage is recommended on all ‘altitude’ flights. Parachutes should be used as is detailed in the school’s PASA approved risk management plan or individual site operations plan.

7.) Windsock and telltale streamers should be utilized and detailed in the PASA approved site operations plan.

8.) Radio communication is highly recommended when student flight paths extend beyond the instructor’s voice range, and should be utilized as detailed in the school’s PASA approved risk management or site operations plan.

9.) Each student’s apparent physical fitness and suitability as well as their attire should be evaluated daily as to best ascertain their ability to participate in the training. Ongoing monitoring of the student’s physical fatigue and other physical factors should be utilized throughout the lesson.

10.) On all beginner and novice training flights – all hang gliders must have wheels and all paraglider harnesses must have certified back protection.

11.) PASA schools must only use gliders appropriately matched to the skill level of their students. PASA schools must either own the appropriate glider or require the student to supply the appropriate glider and must refuse to provide instruction to a student who does not have the appropriate glider.

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