Tennessee Tree Toppers
Flight Regulatory Program (FRP)
A. Clearance Procedure
1. Tennessee Tree Toppers (TTT) membership is required prior to use of TTT facilities. Pilots showing intent to fly without proper clearance are subject to citation (see FRP section F. TTT Citation System.) Glider setup at launch is considered evidence of intent to fly.
2. All pilots are subject to the clearance procedure. Pilots may be questioned regarding knowledge and experience and are required to show evidence of current USHPA membership if they are not already listed on the Current TTT Pilot Roster. If the clearance official is uncertain of the applicant pilot’s competence, the applicant pilot may be required to demonstrate skills at another site. Pilots may be required to acquire or improve certain skills before clearance for specific sites is granted.
3. The TTT rating system complies with USHPA standards. The TTT reserves the right to issue a TTT rating below the USHPA rating where warranted.
4. Online payment, registration and renewal at tttmember.org are encouraged. Personal checks are accepted. Checks returned for insufficient funds will result in suspension of membership privileges until settlement of account.
5. No refunds are available after official clearance.
B. Flight Permit Skill Level Minimum Requirements
1. TTT Student: USHPA Membership while under the direct and proximate supervision of a USHPA and TTT listed instructor.
2. TTT Novice: USHPA Novice with sign offs appropriate to the launch and glider. Winds 10 mph or less.
3. TTT Intermediate: USHPA Intermediate with sign offs appropriate to the launch and glider. Winds 20 mph or less.
4. TTT Advanced: USHPA Advanced and above with sign offs appropriate to the launch and glider. Winds 30 mph or less.
5. Tandem: All tandem operations must be conducted in compliance with current TTT policy, USHPA policy and FAA regulation. The pilot in command must hold a current and appropriate rating, USHPA membership, and TTT membership. The passenger must be a rated pilot, USHPA member, TTT member, and/or otherwise qualify as tandem passenger under the current USHPA tandem exemption.. All conditions of the current USHPA tandem exemption must be met.
C. Site Skill Requirements
1. Henson Gap
a. Radial Ramp: Hang Gliders only. Minimum rating of TTT Novice. First mountain flights allowed under the supervision of a TTT listed and USHPA rated instructor.
b. Burnside Free Flight Launch: Paragliders and Hang Gliders. Minimum rating of TTT Novice (P3 or H3). P2’s may be granted launch permission on a case-by-case basis. Please talk with a local board member.
a. North Cliff: Hang gliders. Minimum rating of TTT Intermediate H3. First mountain flights prohibited.
Qualified PG pilots should talk to a local pilot prior to launching. The Tennessee Tree Toppers board of directors and the FRP (Flight Regulatory Program) committee are currently working on Short-Term Risk Management plans for testing the suitability of launching paragliders from the Whitwell hang gliding launch.
No Paragliding flights are permitted from the Whitwell Hang Gliding launch unless the pilot has been approved by the Tennessee Tree Toppers FRP Committee as a test pilot.
D. Permitted Instruction
1. No person shall conduct or receive any pilot training on TTT property or at sites managed by the TTT except as provided in this section.
2. Instruction at TTT sites requires BOD approval. Current USHPA certification and current TTT membership are required of all Instructor Administrator, Instructor, Tandem Instructor and Student pilot applicants.
3. All student, pilot and instructor training will be conducted by a TTT and USHPA recognized Advanced Instructor or under the direct and proximate supervision of a TTT recognized Advanced Instructor or Instructor Administrator.
4. Instructor applications must be presented to the TTT BOD before a regularly scheduled meeting occurring prior to any instruction, and Instructor or Administrator applicants must attend that meeting. Applications to the BOD for recognition should be reviewed and endorsed by a TTT recognized Instructor Administrator.
5. Tandem flights must comply with current TTT policy, USHPA policy and FAA regulation. All conditions of the current USHPA tandem exemption must be met. Instructors and their students must be shown as current on the member roster at the club website prior to any instructional activity at TTT sites.
6. Every member benefits by training and mentoring, but instructional operations should not routinely interfere with other member flight activities, either on launches or in landing areas.
E. Flying Rules
1. All flight activities must comply with USHPA part 100 and FAA FAR part 103.
2. A pilot flying over any TTT launch below treetop level while launch is occupied by any person will be considered as posing a threat to person and/or property, in violation of FAR 103, and subject to citation.
3. When launching from TTT sites in conditions requiring wire crew assistance, pilots of aircraft without side flying wires must provide a suitable alternative wing restraint system. If no such system is available, launch clearance will be revoked pending compliance.
4. Following each flight pilots will move with their equipment as soon as possible from all landable areas.
1. Infraction of these regulations may result in immediate suspension of membership privileges upon citation by any TTT BOD member pending investigation, ruling, and resolution by the BOD.
2. The TTT BOD will hear the citation, results of any investigation of the violation, and any defense from the member charged with violation, at the next BOD meeting.
3. The BOD will set penalties for violations and/or other conditions for reinstatement, except where specified in this document or the TTT Bylaws, on an individual case basis.
4. Membership privileges will continue in suspension and new application will be denied until such penalties and/or other conditions for reinstatement of membership privileges as may be set by the TTT BOD, this document, and/or the TTT Bylaws have been satisfied.
5. The BOD will approve reinstatement of membership privileges at the next meeting after satisfaction of penalties and/or other conditions.