Pilot safety is no accident - continuing education, awareness, and intention all play a part. Be a Focused Pilot!

How You Can Help

One of the most recent additions to our safety "toolbox" is the new Accident/Incident Reporting System, called AIRS. This system allows anyone to report an accident or incident in complete confidentiality. Help improve our understanding of the factors related to accidents and incidents (events that could easily have resulted in an accident, but the pilot was lucky!).

Read more about it in the articles below or try it now:

AIRS - the Accident/Incident Reporting System

Preflight Safety Apps

USHPA has produced two iPad apps for Preflight Safety, available from the iTunes Store. They have also been made into Interactive PDFs. See USHPA Preflight Safety for more information. 

Safety-Oriented Articles

A variety of articles have been written over the years to help pilots learn from the experience of others. Some originally appeared in Hang Gliding & Paragliding magazine, some were sent via USHPA newsletter, and others were authored specifically for the website. Regardless of the original format, all are valuable resources for pilots interesting in long, safe flying careers.

General Articles about Safety and Risk Management

Accident Analysis

Fatality Reports

Hang Glider-specific Articles

Paraglider-specific Articles

Safety Issue - Paragliding & Hang Gliding magazine (2009), including

  • Spirals, Spins, Collapses: Know the Difference? by Luis Rosenkjer
  • Safety: A Constructive Response by David Dagault
  • The Three Ps: Preparation, Practice, Prevention by Steve Roti
  • Two Cent Tips by Mike Steed
  • Back to the Training Hill by Bacil Dickert and Joe Gregor
  • Sprog Settings and Hang Glider Pitch Stability by Dennis Pagen
  • Pilot Error by Ryan Voight

*USHPA Culture of Safety Campaign

Fatality Reports

Safety Advisories

From time to time, USHPA releases safety advisories, briefings, and airworthiness alerts to the flying community. These can always be found in the News area under topic Safety Advisories.


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