The Pilot Proficiency Program
Each of the ratings below entails a specified accumulation of experience and mastery of a certain set of skills which may not mean much to a person new to the sport. The broader meanings are given instead.
- Hang One (beginner) - the pilot can control the glider for short flights without continuous direction from
- Hang Two (novice) - the pilot can perform extended high altitude flight under the guidance of more experienced pilots.
- Hang Three (intermediate) - the pilot has the experience, judgment and skill to fly without supervision.
- Hang Four (advanced); Hang Five (master) -graduated proficiency Steps above the intermediate level. Some flying sites require these higher ratings.
Experienced pilots who are designated to provide guidance to novice pilots are known as Observers.