Beginner (Student ) PG1 – Advanced PG5

 
The following information has been taken from the official HGFA Operations Manual that can be found on the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia website.  All information following is current as at 14th October 2016. The following information is to be used as a quick guide for answering questions relating to licences and endorsements issued by the HGFA. Please note that the Operations Manual is a living document and can be changed at any time without notice.

PARAGLIDING
 
5 types of Paragliding certificated that the HGFA issues:
 
(a)  PG1 Student Pilot.
 
(b)  PG2 Pilot.
 
(c)  PG3 Pilot.
 
(d)  PG4 Pilot.
 
(e)  PG5 Pilot.

PG1 – STUDENT PARAGLIDING PILOT CERTIFICATE 
 
Requirements for Issue
 
An applicant for the issue of a PG1 Pilot Certificate shall:
 
(a)  have attained the age of 15 years and where the applicant is under the age of 18 years, written parental consent must be granted;
 
(b)  sign a declaration on the application form that his or her health complies with this manual, section 4.1.4.
 
Privileges
 
A PG1 Pilot Certificate authorises the holder to act, under the direct supervision of an approved HGFA PG Instructor who is under the supervision of an approved HGFA PG Chief Flight
 
Instructor, as Pilot-In-Command for the purpose of:
 
(c) increasing his or her flying skills in order to qualify for the issue of a HGFA PG2 Pilot Certificate; or (d) engaging in flying practice in order to requalify for a certificate that is no longer valid.
 
Note: For the purposes of assessing his or her motivation and suitability to undergo continued flight training or as part of a recognised Hang Gliding training program, a person may undergo initial flight training (TIF) for a maximum of 3 hours dual instruction before applying for a PG1 Student Pilot Certificate. Refer Section 2.3.4.
 
Authority for Issue
 
The issue of PG1 Pilot Certificates may be authorised by the appropriate Instructor directly or as delegated (in writing) by the HGFA Operations Manager.
 
Period of Validity
 
Unless cancelled or suspended a PG1 Pilot Certificate shall remain valid for a period of 12 months or until HGFA membership requires renewal, whichever is the sooner.

PG2 – PARAGLIDING PILOT CERTIFICATE
 
Requirements for Issue
 
An applicant for the issue of a PG2 Pilot Certificate shall:
 
(a)  have attained the age of 15 years and where the applicant is under the age of 18 years, written parental consent must be granted;
 
(b)  sign a declaration on the application form that his or her health complies with HGFA requirements, section 4.1.4,
 
(c)  have successfully passed theory and practical examinations in accordance with the requirements of the HGFA Pilot Training Syllabi SYL-04 and SYL-06. (See 1.3 – Operational Documents Register), and
 
(d)  have demonstrated to an appropriate HGFA CFI that he or she has reached the level of competency required for the issue of a PG2 Pilot Certificate.
 
(e)  be a full and current member of the HGFA.
 
Aeronautical Experience
 
Prior to undertaking a flight test for the issue of a PG2 Pilot Certificate an applicant shall have completed flight and ground training in accordance with this operations manual over a period including the minimum training days on the type of aircraft for which a PG2 pilot certificate is being sought.
 
Privileges and Limitations
 
A PG2 Pilot Certificate authorises the holder to act as Pilot-In-Command of a paraglider subject to:
 
(f)  “On-Site Supervision” by an Instructor, Safety Officer or Duty Pilot and under conditions considered by an Instructor, Safety Officer or Duty Pilot to be suitable for PG2 Pilots;
 
(g)  maintaining a “Supervised Pilot Log Book”, including obtaining the names and signatures of the Instructor or Safety Officer or Duty Pilot providing direct supervision of the PG2 certificate holders operations.
 
(h)  Any limitations imposed by a Duty Pilot, Safety Officer, or the owner of the site and/or the Safety Committee of the Club that control operations at the site;
 
(i)  Operations being limited to within 25 nautical miles of the place at which the pilot launched;
 
(j)  The pilot in command having performed three flights within the preceding 90 days, in an aircraft of the type being used;
 
(k)  Limitations specified within the HGFA Operations Manual and relevant legislation; and
 
(l)  When so directed by a Duty Pilot, or Safety Officer, a holder of a PG2 Pilot Certificate when acting as pilot-in-command shall attach a red streamer at least one metre long to the risers of the paraglider.
 
(m)  If for any reason, a PG2 Pilot Certificate holder has been unable to perform three flights, in an aircraft of the type being used within the preceding 90 days, he/she is to undergo a check flight under the direct supervision of an appropriate HGFA Instructor or Senior Safety Officer.
 
Period of Validity
 
Unless cancelled or suspended by HGFA a PG2 Pilot Certificate shall remain valid for a period of 12 months or until HGFA membership requires renewal, whichever is the sooner.
 
Requirements for Renewal
 
An applicant for the renewal of a PG2 Pilot Certificate shall:
 
(n)  have, within the previous 12 months, accumulated a minimum of 10 hours air time on the type of aircraft for which the PG2 Pilot Certificate was issued;
 
(o)  where the minimum aeronautical experience has not been attained the PG2 pilot certificate holder will be required to undergo a check flight under the direct supervision of an appropriate HGFA Instructor except where a pilot has undergone the flight tests necessary for the award of a pilot certificate in a similar aircraft type within the previous six months;
 
(p)  sign a declaration on the application form that his or her health complies with this manual, section 4.1.4; and
 
(q)  forward a renewal application, medical declaration and appropriate fee to reach the HGFA office at least seven (7) days prior to the expiry date.
 
Note: Failure to renew a pilots HGFA membership by the due Date means that the PG2 Pilot Certificate is no longer valid and the pilot may not exercise the privileges of the Certificate until it is renewed.
 
Authority for Issue
 
The issue of a PG2 Pilot Certificate may be authorised by an appropriate HGFA Instructor or as delegated (in writing) by the HGFA Operations Manager.

PG3 – PARAGLIDING PILOT CERTIFICATE
 
Requirements for Issue
 
An applicant for the issue of a PG3 Pilot Certificate shall:
 
(r)  have attained the age of 15 years and where the applicant is under the age of 18 years, written parental consent must be granted;
 
(s)  sign a declaration on the application form that his or her health complies with HGFA requirements, section 4.1.4,
 
(t)  have successfully completed practical competencies in accordance with the requirements of the HGFA Pilot Training Syllabi SYL-04 and SYL-06. (See 1.3 – Operational Documents Register),
 
and
 
(u)  present to an appropriate HGFA Instructor, their “Supervised Pilot Log Book”, with logged flights totalling a minimum of 15 hours & 60 flights, over a minimum of 25 days, including the obtained names and signatures of the Instructors or Safety Officers or Duty Pilots whom provided supervision of the logged flights, and
 
(v)  their Supervised Pilot Log Book to indicate:
 
(i)  flights from 5 different sites of which 3 are inland, and
 
(ii)  a minimum of 3 soaring flights, and
 
(iii)  a minimum of 2 hours flown in thermic lift, and
 
(w)  have demonstrated to an appropriate HGFA CFI that he or she has reached the level of competency required for the issue of a PG3 Pilot Certificate.
 
(x)  be a full and current member of the HGFA.
 
Aeronautical Experience
 
Prior to undertaking a flight test for the issue of a PG3 Pilot Certificate an applicant shall have completed flight and ground training in accordance with this operations manual over a period including the minimum training days on the type of aircraft for which a PG3 pilot certificate is being sought.
 
Privileges and Limitations
 
A PG3 Pilot Certificate authorises the holder to act as Pilot-In-Command of a paraglider subject to:
 
(y)  Any limitations imposed by a Duty Pilot, Safety Officer, or the owner of the site and/or the Safety Committee of the Club that control operations at the site;
 
(z)  Operations limited to classified sites and conditions designated by controlling clubs to be suitable for PG3 Pilots;
 
(aa)  Operations being limited to within 25 nautical miles of the place at which the pilot launched;
 
(bb) The pilot in command having performed three flights within the preceding 90 days, in an aircraft of the type being used; (cc) Limitations specified within the HGFA Operations Manual and relevant legislation; and
 
(dd) If for any reason, a PG3 Pilot Certificate holder has been unable to perform three flights, in an aircraft of the type being used within the preceding 90 days, he/she is to undergo a check flight under the direct supervision of an appropriate HGFA Instructor or Senior Safety Officer.
 
Period of Validity
 
Unless cancelled or suspended by HGFA a PG3 Pilot Certificate shall remain valid for a period of 12 months or until HGFA membership requires renewal, whichever is the sooner.
 
Requirements for Renewal
 
An applicant for the renewal of a PG3 Pilot Certificate shall:
 
(ee) have, within the previous 12 months, accumulated a minimum of 10 hours air time on the type of aircraft for which the PG3 Pilot Certificate was issued;
 
(ff) where the minimum aeronautical experience has not been attained the PG3 pilot certificate holder will be required to undergo a check flight under the direct supervision of an appropriate
 
HGFA Instructor except where a pilot has undergone the flight tests necessary for the award of a pilot certificate in a similar aircraft type within the previous six months;
 
(gg) sign a declaration on the application form that his or her health complies with this manual, section 4.1.4; and
 
(hh) forward a renewal application, medical declaration and appropriate fee to reach the HGFA office at least seven (7) days prior to the expiry date.
 
Note: Failure to renew a pilots HGFA membership by the due Date means that the PG3 Pilot Certificate is no longer valid and the pilot may not exercise the privileges of the Certificate until it is renewed.
 
Authority for Issue
 
The issue of a PG3 Pilot Certificate may be authorised by an appropriate HGFA Instructor or as delegated (in writing) by the HGFA Operations Manager.

PG4 – PARAGLIDING PILOT CERTIFICATE
 
Requirements for Issue
 
An applicant for the issue of a PG4 Pilot Certificate shall:
 
(a)  be a full and current member of the HGFA,
 
(b)  hold a valid PG3 Pilot Certificate,
 
(c)  sign a declaration on the application form that his or her health complies with this manual, section 4.1.4,
 
(d)  have successfully passed theory and practical examinations in accordance with the requirements of the HGFA Pilot Training Syllabi SYL-04 and SYL-06. (See 1.3 – Operational Documents Register), and
 
(e)  demonstrate to an appropriate HGFA Instructor or Senior Safety Officer (PG) that he or she has reached the level of competency required for the issue of an PG4 Pilot Certificate.
 
(f)  Have undertaken the course of instruction “VHF Radio Operator Syllabus” section 8.4.11; and
 
(g)  Have passed an examination for the issue of a HGFA Radio Operator Endorsement, lodged the relevant HGFA endorsement application and been approved in writing by the HGFA Operations Manager; or hold a Radio Operator Endorsement or Certificate from another Recreational Aviation Administration Organisation, approved by the HGFA Operations Manager.
 
Note: that the type of aircraft for which the pilot certificate is being sought determines the requirements for theory and in-flight examinations.
 
Aeronautical Experience
 
Prior to undertaking a flight test for the issue of a PG4 Pilot Certificate, an applicant shall have completed a minimum of 30 hours flying experience over a minimum of 25 flying days in a Paraglider and operations of the type for which an PG4 Pilot Certificate is awarded, and:
 
(h)  2 soaring flights > 500’ AGL; and
 
(i)  a minimum of 5 hours flight in thermic lift ; and
 
(j)  a minimum of 5 hours flight in ridge lift; and
 
(k)  flights at 5 different sites.
 
Privileges and Limitations
 
A PG4 Pilot Certificate authorises the holder to act as Pilot-In-Command of a paraglider subject to:
 
(l) Operations limited to classified sites and conditions designated by controlling clubs to be suitable for PG4 Pilots;
 
(m)  Any limitations imposed by a Duty Pilot, Safety Officer, the owner of the site and/or the Safety Committee of the Club that
controls operations at the site; and
 
(n)  Operations being limited to within 25 nautical miles of the place at which the pilot launched except where the proposed flight path is approved in advance by a Safety Officer (or higher) who is the holder of an PG5 Pilot Certificate.
 
(o)  Limitations specified within the HGFA Operations Manual and relevant legislation; and,
 
(p)  Limitations as directed by CASA.
 
 
Requirements for Renewal
 
An applicant for the renewal of a PG4 Pilot Certificate shall:
 
(q)  have, within the previous 12 months, accumulated a minimum of 10 hours air time on the type of aircraft for which the PG4 Pilot Certificate was issued;
 
(r)  where the minimum aeronautical experience has not been attained the PG4 Pilot Certificate holder will be required to undergo a check flight under the direct supervision of an appropriate
 
HGFA Instructor or Senior Safety Officer (PG), except where a pilot has undergone the flight tests necessary for the award of a PG4 Pilot Certificate within the previous six months;
 
(s)  sign a declaration on the renewal application form that his or her health complies with this manual, section 4.1.4; and
 
(t)  forward the renewal application, medical declaration and appropriate fee to reach the HGFA office at least seven (7) days
prior to the expiry date.
 
Note: Failure to renew a pilots HGFA membership by the due date means that the PG4 Pilot Certificate is no longer valid and the pilot may not exercise the privileges of the Certificate until it is renewed.
 
Authority for Issue
 
The issue of a PG4 Pilot Certificate may be authorised by the Senior Safety Officer of the Club of which the pilot is a member, a HGFA Instructor (PG) or as delegated (in writing) by the HGFA Operations Manager.

PG5 – PARAGLIDING PILT CERTIFICATE (PG)
 
Requirements for Issue
 
An applicant for the issue of a PG5 Pilot Certificate shall:
 
(a)  be a full, current member of the HGFA.
 
(b)  hold a valid PG4 Pilot Certificate for the aircraft type for which the PG5 Pilot Certificate is sought for a period of at least twelve months;
 
(c)  sign a declaration on the application form that his or her health complies with this manual, section 4.1.4;
 
(d)  have successfully passed theory and practical examinations in accordance with the requirements of the HGFA Pilot Training Syllabi SYL-04 and SYL-06. (See 1.3 – Operational Documents Register), and
 
(e)  demonstrate to an HGFA Instructor or Senior Safety Officer (PG) that he or she has reached the level of competency required for the issue of a PG5 Pilot Certificate.
 
(f)  Have undertaken the course of instruction “VHF Radio Operator Syllabus” section 8.4.11; and
 
(g)  Have passed an examination for the issue of a HGFA Radio Operator Endorsement, lodged the relevant HGFA endorsement application and been approved in writing by the HGFA Operations Manager; or hold a Radio Operator Endorsement or Certificate from another Recreational Aviation Administration Organisation, approved by the HGFA Operations Manager.
 
Note: that the type of aircraft for which the pilot certificate is being sought determines the requirements for theory and in flight examinations.
 
Aeronautical Experience
 
Prior to undertaking a flight test for the issue of a PG5 Pilot Certificate, an applicant shall have completed a minimum of 80 hours flying experience in a Paraglider and have completed a minimum of 200 flights; and
 
(h)  have held a PG4 certificate for a minimum of 12 months; and
 
(i)  Have completed 5 soaring flights with gains in height in excess of 1000 feet; and
 
(j)  Have completed 5 XC flights, each of a minimum 20 Kilometers length, measured from the point of takeoff.
 
Note: GPS IGC or GPX files are to be provided with the PG5 application for flight verification.
 
Privileges
 
A PG5 Pilot Certificate authorises the holder to act as Pilot-In-Command of a paraglider subject to:
 
(k)  Any limitations imposed by a Duty Pilot, Safety Officer, owner of the site and/or the Safety Committee of the Club that controls the operations at the site being used; and
 
(l)  Limitations specified within the HGFA Operations Manual and relevant legislation.
 
Period of Validity
 
Unless cancelled or suspended by HGFA a PG5 Pilot Certificate shall remain valid for a period of 12 months or until HGFA membership requires renewal, whichever is the sooner.
 
Requirements for Renewal
 
An applicant for the renewal of a PG5 Pilot Certificate shall:
 
(m)  within the previous 12 months have accumulated a minimum of 10 hours air time on the type of aircraft for which the PG5 Pilot Certificate was issued;
 
(n)  where the minimum aeronautical experience has not been attained the PG5 Pilot Certificate holder will be required to undergo a check flight under the direct supervision of an appropriate
HGFA Instructor or Senior Safety Officer (PG), except where a pilot has undergone the flight tests necessary for the award of another Pilot Certificate or endorsement within the previous six months;
 
(o)  sign a declaration on the application form that his or her health complies with this manual, section 4.1.4; and
 
(p)  forward a renewal application, medical declaration and appropriate fee to reach the HGFA office at least seven (7) days prior
to the expiry date.
 
Note: Failure to renew a pilots HGFA membership by the due date means that the PG5 Pilot Certificate is no longer valid and the pilot may not exercise the privileges of the Certificate until it is renewed.
 
Authority for Issue
 
The issue of a PG5 Pilots Certificate may be authorised by the Senior Safety Officer of the Club of which the pilot is a member, an appropriate HGFA Instructor or as delegated (in writing) by the HGFA Operations Manager.

PARAGLIDER PILOT ENDORSEMENTS

TANDEM ENDORSEMENT (SPORTS) (PG)
 
Requirements for Issue
An applicant for the issue of a HGFA Tandem Endorsement shall:
 
(a)  have attained the age of 18 years;
 
(b)  hold a valid HGFA PG5 Pilot Certificate for the type of aircraft for which the endorsement is sought;
 
(c)  have successfully passed theory and in-flight examinations at an approved flight training facility for operations and in accordance with the requirements of the syllabus defined in section
 
8.4.12, “Tandem (HG/PG) Syllabus”;
 
(d)  demonstrate to an appropriate HGFA Chief Flight Instructor that he or she has reached the level of competency required for the issue of the endorsement;
 
(e)  sign a declaration on the application form that his or her health complies with requirements detailed in section 4.1.4.
 
(f)  forward to the HGFA Office a completed Tandem Endorsement application, which is signed and dated by the examining Chief Flight Instructor (PG) together with the appropriate fee.
 
Note: It is recommended that an applicant for a Tandem Endorsement hold a current St Johns Advanced or Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent.
 
Aeronautical Experience
 
Prior to undertaking a flight test for the issue of a Tandem Endorsement an applicant shall:
 
(g)  have completed a minimum of 200 hours flying experience as pilot in command in aircraft of the type for which the endorsement is sought; or
 
(h)  have completed a minimum of 100 hours flying experience with a minimum of 500 flights as pilot in command in aircraft of the type for which the endorsement is sought.
 
Privileges
 
A Tandem Endorsement authorises the holder to act as Pilot-In-Command of a suitable certified aircraft carrying a passenger subject to:
 
(i)  operations limited to aircraft of the type for which the PG5 pilot certificate is issued;
 
(j)  where the passenger is under 18 years of age, written parental or guardian consent is granted;
 
(k)  all flights being for recreational, record attempts or sporting purposes only;
 
(l)  no charge or instruction is applied to the passenger;
 
(m)  the pilot in command having performed three flights, in an aircraft of the type to be used, within the preceding 90 days; and
 
(n)  the first fifteen Tandem flights after endorsement issue are conducted with a person who holds a HGFA paragliding Pilot Certificate;
 
(o)  The pilot conducting the operations must have the approval to conduct such operations from the local club which controls those sites from where the operations will be conducted.
 
Note: Non-instructional flights, for which a fee is charged, are strictly prohibited. Period of Validity A HGFA Tandem Endorsement (PG) shall remain valid:
 
(p)  while the holder’s HGFA PG5 Pilot Certificate is valid; and
 
(q)  the holder is a current financial member of the HGFA, having signed a declaration on their membership renewal application that his or her health complies with section 4.1.4. of this manual;
 
or
 
(r)  unless suspended, cancelled or otherwise varied by the HGFA Operations Manager.
 
Authority for Issue
The issue of a Tandem Endorsement (Sport) may only be authorised by an HGFA Flight Instructor or the HGFA Operations Manager or delegate authorised in writing by the Operation Manager.

 
GROUND TOW ENDORSEMENT (PG)
 
No person shall pilot a paraglider for the purpose of a ground tow launch unless:
 
(a)  he or she has been issued with a HGFA Ground Tow Endorsement (PG); or
 
(b)  he or she is undergoing training under the direct supervision and control of an appropriately endorsed HGFA Instructor for the purpose of gaining a PG2 Pilot Certificate; or
 
(c)  he or she is undergoing training in accordance with the syllabus in section 8.4.2, under the direct supervision and control of an appropriately endorsed HGFA Instructor or SSO for the purpose of gaining a Ground Tow Endorsement; and
 
(d)  all operations comply with all the requirements of the HGFA Towing Procedures Manual.
 
Requirements for Issue
 
Applicants for the issue of a Ground Tow endorsement shall meet the following minimum requirements:
 
(e)  Hold a valid HGFA Pilot Certificate for the type of aircraft for which the endorsement is sought;
 
(f)  Have undertaken a course of instruction in ground tow operations provided by an appropriate HGFA Instructor, have successfully passed theory and in-flight examinations in accordance with the requirements of section 8.4.2, “Ground Tow” syllabus; and
 
(g)  demonstrated that he or she has reached the level of competency required; and
 
(h) Have his/her endorsement reccomended by an appropriately endorsed HGFA Instructor.
 
Privileges and Responsibilities
 
A HGFA Ground Tow Endorsement authorises the holder to undertake ground tow operations carried out in conformity with the guidelines outlined in the HGFA Towing Procedures Manual.
 
Period of Validity
 
A HGFA Ground Tow Endorsement shall remain valid only while the holder’s HGFA Pilot Certificate is valid; unless suspended, cancelled or otherwise varied by the HGFA Operations Manager.
 
Authority for Issue
 
A HGFA Ground Tow Endorsement may only be authorised by an HGFA Flight Instructor or SSO who holds a Ground Tow Endorsement or the HGFA Operations Manager or delegate authorised in writing by the Operation Manager.

POWERED PARAMOTOR ENDORSEMENT – FOOT LAUNCH (PG)
 
No paraglider pilot shall operate a paraglider fitted with an auxiliary power unit unless:
 
(a) he or she has been issued with a HGFA Powered Endorsement Foot launched (PG);
 
or
 
(b) he or she is the holder of a HGFA PG3 or higher HGFA paragliding certificate and is undergoing training under the direct supervision of an HGFA PG Instructor who holds the Powered endorsement or a HGFA PPG Instructor.
 
Requirements for Issue
 
Applicants for the issue of a Powered Endorsement – Foot Launched (PG) shall meet the following minimum requirements:
 
(c) Holds a valid HGFA PG4 Paragliding Pilot Certificate;
 
(d)  Have undertaken the course of instruction “VHF Radio Operator Syllabus” section 8.4.11; and
 
(e)  Have passed an examination for the issue of a Radio Operator Endorsement or Certificate approved in writing by the HGFA Operations Manager or from another aviation administration organisation approved by the HGFA Operations Manager.
 
(f)  Have successfully completed the syllabus as specified in section 8.4.9 “Powered Foot Launched”;
 
(g)  Have passed the theory examination for the issue of a Powered Paraglider Endorsement or Certificate;
 
(h)  Have demonstrated to an appropriate HGFA Instructor that he or she has reached the level of competency required for the issue of the endorsement; and
 
(i)  Have his / her endorsement reccomended by an appropriately endorsed HGFA Instructor.
 
Aeronautical Experience
 
Prior to undertaking a flight test for the issue of a Powered Endorsement, an applicant shall have completed:
 
(a)  a minimum of 15 flights under instruction of no less than 8 hours in total, and
 
(b)  a 10 nautical mile cross country flight.
 
Privileges and Responsibilities
 
A HGFA Powered Endorsement Foot Launched (PG) authorises the holder to act as Pilot-in-Command of a Powered paraglider subject to:
 
(c) Operations limited to aircraft of the type for which the Endorsement is issued;
 
(d)  Operations being limited to within 25 nautical miles of the place at which the pilot launched.
 
(e)  Any limitations imposed by a Duty Pilot, Safety Officer, owner of the site and / or the Safety Committee of the Club that controls the operations at the site being used, or imposed in writing by the HGFA Operations Manager.
 
(f)  Limitations specified within the HGFA Operations Manual and relevant legislation.
 
Period of Validity
 
A HGFA Powered Endorsement shall remain valid only while the holder’s HGFA Pilot Certificate is valid; unless suspended, cancelled or otherwise varied by the HGFA Operations Manager.
 
Authority for Issue
 
A HGFA Powered Paraglider Endorsement may be authorised in writing by:
 
(g)  a HGFA PG instructor who has held the Power endorsement for a minimum 2 years, or
 
(h)  a HGFA PPG Instructor, or
 
(i)  a PPG Senior Safety Officer who has held the Power endorsement or a PPG certificate for a minimum 2 years and all other required endorsements, or
 
(j)  the HGFA Operations Manager or delegate authorised in writing by the Operation Manager
RADIO OPERAOTORS ENDORSEMENT (PG)
No HGFA Pilot Certificate holder shall operate aeronautical frequency VHF radio equipment unless he or she has been issued with a HGFA endorsement, or is undergoing training under the direct supervision and control of an appropriately endorsed Instructor or SSO for the purpose of gaining a HGFA radio operator endorsement.
Requirements for Issue
Applicants for the issue of a Radio Operator Endorsement must be able to intelligibly speak and understand the English language and shall meet the following minimum requirements:
 
(a)  Hold a current CASA aeronautical radio operator certificate or licence ; or
 
(b)  Hold a valid HGFA Pilot Certificate; and
 
(iv)  Have undertaken the course of instruction “VHF Radio Operator Syllabus” section 8.4.11; and
 
(v)  Have passed an examination for the issue of a Radio Operator Endorsement or Certificate approved in writing by the HGFA Operation Manager or from another aviation administration organisation approved by the HGFA Operations Manager; and
 
(c)  Have his/her certificate endorsed by HGFA Operations Manager and Flight Instructor or Chief Flight Instructor who hold the
endorsement being sought.
 
Privileges
 
A HGFA Radio Operator Endorsement authorises the holder to operate on the approved aeronautical VHF radio frequencies when engaged in flying activities.
 
Note: The holder of a HGFA Radio Operator Endorsement is at all times subject to the requirements of Civil Aviation Regulations and Orders, Aeronautical Information Publications and the Radio Communications Act.
 
Note: HGFA PG1 Pilot Certificate holders may operate aeronautical frequency VHF radio equipment for the purpose of gaining a Radio Operator Endorsement providing they are under the direct supervision and control of an Instructor who holds the endorsement.
 
Period of Validity
 
A HGFA Radio Operator Endorsement shall remain valid only while the holder’s HGFA Pilot Certificate is valid; unless suspended, cancelled or otherwise varied by the HGFA Operations Manager.
 
Note: Radio Operator Endorsement holders should ensure that the aircraft’s or the pilot’s call sign is displayed in a prominent and easy to read position to assist them when using aeronautical frequency VHF radio equipment.
Authority for Issue
A HGFA Radio Operator Endorsement may be authorised by an HGFA Instructor or Senior Safety Officer, who holds an Endorsement of the kind to be issued or the HGFA Operations Manager or delegated officer.



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