Paraglider Beginner and Novice Sign-off

Crestline Soaring Society

Paraglider Beginner and Novice Permission to fly unsupervised into the Andy Jackson Airpark





  1. This site is a USHPA Chapter Site regulated by the Crestline Soaring Society (CSS) as an Intermediate Rated Paragliding Site. Non-rated MEMBERS of the USHPA may fly under direct instructor supervision. Once a student receives his/her Beginner or Novice Paragliding rating, meets the requirements outlined on this form and received this signoff sheet, they may conduct unsupervised solo flights within the restrictions outlined below. Visiting Novice pilots (P2) are required to have an instructor evaluate skills and issue this form at the instructor’s discretion.

    CSSAndy Jackson Airpark HG and PG Landing Approach

  2. All Beginner Paraglider pilots operating under this signoff must have logged a minimum of 2 hours solo airtime and have had at least 5 solo flights into the Andy Jackson Airpark from at least the height that they are being signed off for.  (see launch identifications in the declaration line, below)
  3. Under this signoff (excepting #4 below), you have the following flight restrictions:
    1. You must fly with a yellow streamer.
    2. You must not launch from sites you are not specifically signed off to fly (see signature instructions below).
    3. During daylight savings time you may not fly between 11 AM and 5 PM (PDT).
    4. In addition to C (above) you must follow the USHPA operating limitations for your rating.
  4. If you have received your Novice rating, logged more than 10 hours of solo flight time, you may ignore restrictions 3A & 3C (above) but you must remain always within the USHPA operating limitations for your rating and not fly launch sites you are not specifically allowed to fly from, plus no launching from Crestline without instructor supervision.
  5. In order to minimize approach congestion caused by the airspeed difference between paragliders and hang gliders, a suggested approach pattern that separates these crafts as outlined has been adopted. Deviation from this pattern is allowed and suggested when it does not increase congestion or actually reduces congestion. During downslope winds the approach pattern is entirely up to the pilot. Basically do what is safest for you and your fellow pilots.
  6. Landing off-field is always a possibility. Primary concern is your safety. If seriously hurt during an off-field landing, minimize your activity and leave your equipment exposed. Your lack of activity and exposed gear will be a sign that you need help. If you are capable to get yourself out, first pack up your equipment so other pilots won’t begin an unnecessary rescue effort.
  7. If a fire is in the local mountains land immediately!  Aerial firefighters need approximately a 5-mile radius to maneuver to make fire retardant drop passes.  Even if they see you while making these passes, you are interfering.

I declare that the Beginner/Novice Paralider pilot below, has the skills necessary to safely fly into the Andy Jackson Airpark and I have reviewed the above requirements with the pilot. They are allowed to launch from (circle all that apply, line out others)… 


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(Note: no Crestline permission allowed while operating under this signoff)


Instructor Print Name & Signature__________________________________________________USHPA#____________

I have read the above Beginner/Novice requirements and restrictions and will fly accordingly.

Beginner/Novice Pilot Print Name & Signature__________________________________________________USHPA#____________

Recommended: Please identify
Emergency Contact:________________________________________________________________

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Rev. Jan 2014