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Official US Hawks Rating System and Issued Ratings

Postby US Hawks » Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:42 pm

  Official US Hawks Rating System  

The US Hawks Rating System defines 7 hang gliding ratings:

  • Hang Glider Pilot (HGP) - A Self-Declarative Rating
  • Hawk 0 - Equivalent to USHPA's Hang 0
  • Hawk 1 - Equivalent to USHPA's Hang 1
  • Hawk 2 - Equivalent to USHPA's Hang 2
  • Hawk 3 - Equivalent to USHPA's Hang 3
  • Hawk 4 - Equivalent to USHPA's Hang 4
  • Hawk 5 - Equivalent to USHPA's Hang 5

Pilots who can demonstrate that they hold any of the listed USHPA ratings will be granted the equivalent US Hawks Rating. US Hawks ratings follow the precedent set by the FAA - namely that they are good for life. The US Hawks may impose flight currency and other requirements to fly (as the FAA does), but the rating itself is good for life unless removed for cause.

As of August 15th, 2015, the US Hawks establishes a "Transitional Rating System" that honors any hang gliding rating (H0-H5) that was ever issued by USHPA (or USHGA) and has not been revoked for cause. Any ratings that have been revoked or removed by USHPA shall be reviewed by the US Hawks Board and approved by a 2/3 majority of the current Board Members before an equivalent US Hawks rating can be issued.

As of August 15th, 2015, the US Hawks also establishes a permanent hang gliding rating of Hang Gliding Pilot (HGP) which shall be self assigned by each pilot who feels they are deserving of that rating.

As of August 15th, 2015, the US Hawks also establishes that all US Hawks ratings shall follow the FAA model of being good for life unless otherwise revoked for cause. There shall be no fee for any member to remain a rated member of the US Hawks.

As of August 15th, 2015, the US Hawks also establishes that ratings shall be granted upon presentation of reasonable proof to any Board member that the equivalent USHPA rating exists or existed. If there is any question about validity of a rating by the Board member, then the rating shall require the 2/3 majority vote of the existing Board members.
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Official US Hawks Ratings

Postby US Hawks » Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:06 pm

Note 1: Any ratings not showing an Issuing Official have not been finalized and are pending verification.
Note 2: Dates are currently US Hawks dates. These may later be changed to reflect originating date.

  Official US Hawks Ratings and Status  

NameRatingDate IssuedBasis of RatingIssuing Official(s)
Bill CummingsHGPAugust 15th, 2015Self DeclarationBill Cummings
Bill CummingsHawk 4August 15th, 2015USHPA H4Bill Cummings
Bob KuczewskiHGPAugust 15th, 2015Self DeclarationBob Kuczewski
Joe FaustHGPAugust 15th, 2015Self DeclarationJoe Faust
Rick MastersHGPAugust 15th, 2015Self DeclarationRick Masters
Rick MastersHawk 4August 15th, 2015Verification Pending 
Bob KuczewskiHawk 4August 15th, 2015Board DecisionCummings/Faust/Kellner
Frank ColverHGPAugust 16th, 2015Self DeclarationFrank Colver
Frank ColverHawk 3August 16th, 2015USHGA CardBob Kuczewski
Madhava DasaHGPAugust 16th, 2015Self DeclarationMichael D. Koman
Rodger HoytHGPAugust 16th, 2015Self DeclarationRodger Hoyt
Rodger HoytHawk 5August 16th, 2015USHPA CardBob Kuczewski
Jonathan YonetaniHGPAugust 16th, 2015Self DeclarationJonathan Yonetani
Jonathan YonetaniHawk 2August 16th, 2015Verification Pending 
Dave SchyHGPAugust 19th, 2015Self DeclarationDave Schy
Dave SchyHawk 4August 19th, 2015USHPA H4Sam Kellner
Phil SergentHGPAugust 22nd, 2015Self DeclarationPhil Sergent
Phil SergentHawk 5August 22nd, 2015USHPA H5Bob Kuczewski
Brian BokkinHGPAugust 24th, 2015Self DeclarationBrian Bokkin
Brian BokkinHawk 3August 24th, 2015USHPA H3Kellner/Cummings
Harry MartinHawk 4September 12th, 2015USHPA H4 CardBill Cummings
Lyle AndersonHGPOctober 29th, 2015Self DeclarationLyle Anderson
Lyle AndersonHawk 4October 29th, 2015USHPA H4 CardSam Kellner
Dave PalmerHGPNovember 6th, 2015Self DeclarationDave Palmer
Dave PalmerHawk 5November 6th, 2015USHPA H5Vote of Board
Howie Shank IIHawk 2March 17th, 2016USHPA H2Bill Cummings
Mark KassalHGPApril 8th, 2016Self DeclaredMark Kassal
Mark KassalHawk 4April 8th, 2016USHPA H4Cummings/Kellner
Jim FenisonHGPMay 4th, 2016Self DeclaredJim Fenison
Jim FenisonHawk 4May 4th, 2016USHPA H4Vote of Board
Keith BeebeHawk 4June 14th, 2016USHPA H4Bob Kuczewski
Scott WiseHawk 5July 24th, 2016USHPA H5Bob Kuczewski
Gary TrudeauHawk 4June 7th, 2017USHPA H4Bob Kuczewski
Serge LamarcheHGPOctober 30th, 2017Self DeclaredSerge Lamarche
Tom HowardHawk 4November 8th, 2017USHPA H4Bob Kuczewski
Darin HeckerHawk 4April 12th, 2018USHPA H4Bob Kuczewski
Wendell ShermanHawk 2September 5th, 2018USHPA H2Bob Kuczewski
Rolla Manning Jr.Hawk 4February 20th, 2019USHPA H4Joe Faust
Wayne RipleyHawk 5June 9th, 2019USHPA H5Vote of Board
Ernie CascoHawk 4August 7th, 2019USHPA H4Vote of Board
Christian LeeHawk 3April 28th, 2020USHPA H3Vote of Board
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