FAA Tandem Operations Exemption

Exemption #4721 has been published by the FAA allowing USHPA tandem operations.

FAA Exemption #4721

FAA Tandem Exemption 4721: Original
FAA Tandem Exemption 4721: Current Extension
FAA Tandem Exemption 4721: 2020 Extension
FAA Tandem Exemption 4721: Wallet Card

USHPA approved tandem launch sites characteristics document

Exemption Wording

[The FAA grants] United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, Inc. (USHPA) and exemption from 14 CFR § 103.1(a) and (b) to permit its members to operate unpowered ultralight vehicles (hang gliders) weighing less than 155 pounds, with another occupant, for the purpose of sport, training, or recreation, subject to the conditions and limitations listed below.

Conditions and Limitations
1. This exemption is limited to § 103.1(a) and (b) only. Each flight must comply with all other sections of part 103.

2. All flights operating under this exemption must be for training purposes only. This exemption applies only to flights for the purpose of giving instruction in two-place unpowered ultralight vehicles from USHPA-approved launch sites to provide student with basic skills necessary for safe flight. There is no training program requirement found in part 103, so training should provide sufficient understanding of information provided in the FAA Pilots Handbook and Powered Parachute Handbook as applicable to part 103 operations.

3. Both occupants on all two-place training flights must possess a current pilot rating issued by the USHPA and at least one occupant must possess a current USHPA Tandem Instructor rating, or be in training for an Initial Tandem Instructor rating.

4. Prior to all two-occupant training flights, the student must be informed that the flight is conducted under an exemption granted by the FAA and that the ultralight vehicle does not meet aircraft certification standards set forth by the FAA.

5. For identification purposes, the USHPA shall issue an individual authorization to each person allowed to conduct operations under this exemption. Each authorization shall include an identification number and a copy of this exemption. The USHPA shall also have a procedure to rescind this authority when needed.

6. Each individual who operates an ultralight vehicle under the authority of this exemption must be familiar with the provisions contained herein and must have in his or her personal possession a copy of the authorization issued by the USHPA and a copy of this exemption. These documents shall be presented for inspection upon request by the FAA.

7. This exemption is not valid for operations outside of the United States.

The Effect of Our Decision
This exemption terminates on October 31, 2020, unless sooner superseded or rescinded.



Michael Zenkovich
Deputy Executive Director, Flight Standards Service
Issued in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 2018

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