Welcome to APPI

Welcome in the world of Paragliding

  • Charly Carabiner: on 15 November 2016, the faulty assembly of a Quick‐Out carabiner lead to its accidental opening. The pilot had dismounted both of the Quick‐Out’s release buttons and later re‐installed them in swapped positions. Ckick here for more information.

  • The APPI insurance is currently available for European, Turkish and Swiss residents, and also for European, Turkish and Swiss citizens living abroad.
    It is important that plain pilots subscribe to this insurance because the cost of claims by professionals is usually very high, and the very low rate we obtained from our insurance for professional activity will stand only if we have enough leisure pilots that purchase this insurance also.
    It is the responsibility of each instructor to promote APPI third party liability insurance for leisure pilots (40€ / year + 27€ APPI affiliation for coverage up to 1,600,000 € !) so we recommend to all APPI instructors to contact leisure pilots around you, validate their level in the APPI rating system by helping them pass the theoretical and practical tests, and so they will have access to the insurance.

    • Download for free the APPI logbook for Solo pilot version 2, English, Spanish, French, Greek, Macedonian and Serbo-croatian, size A5, 56 pages, only for affiliated members.
    • Further translations will come later.
  • Accidental opening of the ventral automatic buckles in flight

    Unwanted openings with automatic ventral aluminum buckles were observed in flight on some SUPAIR harnesses.

    For more infos click here.

  • The ministerial agreement of Ecuador includes APPI as commercial tandem pilots certifier in Ecuador.

    Special thanks to Edgar Soria APPI instructor, for his help in the recognition of APPI in his country.
    Click here for more informations.

  • Finsterwalder CLICK-LOCK and T-LOCK buckles in the chest strap

    there have been two incidents involving older paraglider harnesses equipped with CLICK-LOCK buckles (HSi10) in the chest strap. The buckles had opened unintentionally during flight while they were under load. The hooks of the metal tongue can wear out through the frequent diagonal load changes the chest strap is subject to. Finsterwalder calls on all owners of harnesses equipped with CLICK-LOCKs (HSi10) or T-LOCKs in the chest strap to determine their buckles’ previous usage time by checking the routine test date.

  • Due to excessive spam control, many messages sent by yahoo are lost.
    We recommend, if possible, to not use yahoo mail, but instead another mail server like protonmail, gmail or another local mail service.
    For those many who have not received their password, request a new one to the secretariat, which will be communicated to your current instructor.
    Then once you have access to your account, change your email address, and if you wish change your password by clicking on "password forgotten".

  • APPI Pro workshop certification

    Participation in the Pro workshop leads to a certification that will be dated, exposed on the profile, and will certify that the tandem pilot or APPI instructor in the latest technical knowledge in the field of equipment and pedagogic for the instructors.
    Many pro APPI workshops will be organized for 2016 in several countries (India, Turkey, Greece, USA, Dominican republic, Russia ...).
    These workshops are intended for tandem pilots and instructors who are already working as professionals and not to those who want to become.
    There are also for advanced pilots who wish to improve their skills.

  • Evolution of APPI Education system and rules

    The validation rules for Pro levels within APPI Paragliding are changing : validations of tandem pilots and instructors will be under the control of a pedagogical committee master.
    The APPI instructors and master instructors will be invited to participate in a pro-workshops as soon as they’re organized nearby.
    This will allow upgrading of knowledge and provide a common foundation for all APPI instructors.
    This change became effective on December 1st, 2014.
    Please see the new rules in the table of registration rules.

  • Thankyou to all APPI members !!!

    Paragliding unites Instructors and Pilots around the globe.

    This is the APPI spirit!

Everyday, more and more paragliders are joining APPI !

There are now APPI members in 120 different countries !!!

New: Due to the many problems related to payment with paypal, we stop offering paypal for our payments. We are sorry for our thousands of members worldwide who wish to use Paypal, but we advise you to stop using paypal as their service is deplorable and they have nothing to do with complaints of their customers and when money disappears from the account of their fault, they do not even respond.

Join APPI Become an APPI member for free, you can become a member without being certified, but only an APPI instructor can certify your level for paraglider pilots, or an APPI Pedagogical committee master for instructors (usually during an APPI workshop).

APPI provides a paragliding license based on a high level of paragliding, and an education system that is recognized internationally among all APPI schools worldwide, and partner Associations and Federations.

APPI certification awarded to a pilot is internal to the APPI system, and shows no particular right in the country where the activity is done, unless APPI is recognized by the legal authority managing free flight in that country. Check with the local federation if such an agreement exists.

In some countries, APPI is recognized as the official education system.

Your paragliding activity (solo, tandem, instruction) must comply with the laws of the country in which it is performed.

APPI strongly recommends its members to be insured to paraglide, and in case of an accident, APPI does not accept any liability.

All EU Schools and EU tandem pilots must hold Third Party Liability Insurance.
Mainly for EC residents and some other countries, you will find an insurance covering paragliding on this page.

Change your life! Paragliding with APPI Instructors, Flight Centres and Flight Schools can help you to transform your life learning with education, experience, safety and fun.

  • Education : there’s a multitude of APPI paragliding courses you can choose from. Whether you are completely new to paragliding, wish to improve your skills, or become a paragliding instructor. You can find the right level of study in our APPI Education System.
  • Experience : APPI Paragliding Schools have a high standard selection based on qualifications and years of flight and exploration of paragliding sites. Through your local APPI School you can join adventures, learn more and fly in many exotic destinations to fly, meet many people and make long life friends in the APPI Paragliding World.

  • Safety : Safety is an important aspect of paragliding. The safer you feel, the more happy a pilot! Learn about the highest standards of safety.
  • Fun : APPI supports you flying for the fun, the beauty and as a way of living.

Get to Know APPI

See the revolutionary differences APPI is bringing to the Paragliding Industry.

Paragliding Lessons, Tips, Training and Going Pro

Whether you want to try paragliding, become an APPI Master Pilot or Go Pro, let the APPI paragliding experts guide you to your goal.

- New to Paragliding ?
Check out Start Paragliding

- View our range of APPI courses

- Want to improve your skills and continue the adventure ?
Browse the Advanced Paragliding section

- Ready to get a life and a dream career? Go to Teach Paragliding

Go Pro Paragliding Careers

Discover a new life! Learn about the APPI Professional lifestyle and become a paragliding instructor.

How to be a Professional Paragliding Pilot

Find out what it takes to become an APPI Pro.

Compare the APPI Professional levels of education and training.

Where to Go Pro

Learn which professional courses you can take from different levels of APPI Paragliding Fly Centers and Fly Schools around the world.

- Instructor Level Continuing Education
Learn how to continue your professional level paragliding education.

- APPI Pro Paragliding Unit
Learn about APPI Professional career opportunities and how you can join APPI with your school.
Please Contact us for equivalence, courses or for more information.

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  • General Meeting 2016

    The APPI General Assembly will take place on Sunday, 23 April 2017 at 10 am. For logistical reasons, please inform the secretariat to participate. Since the executive committee was elected last year for two years, it will not be re-elected this year.
  • Pay for member by school

    Now the manager of an APPI school can pay the bill of any APPI member. Just click on the button: "Pay for member". Payment is permitted only if the school has sufficient credit or if an authorization has been given explicitly to the school. If necessary, the manager can buy a credit of 200 euros (or more if the operation is (...)
  • Avoid Yahoo mail

    Due to excessive spam control, many messages sent by yahoo are lost. We recommend, if possible, to not use yahoo mail, but instead another mail server like gmail or protonmail for more privacy.
  • Do not use APPI in school name

    To APPI school managers: all schools registered on the website by APPI instructors are all APPI schools. Using the term "APPI school" when recording the name of the school, can lead to confusion about the role of the school in the APPI system. Under these conditions, it was decided by the APPI board to ban the use of the term "APPI school (...)
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    After following the training course APPI Advanced pilot and Open sky tandem, I would like to thanks the Paragliding school X-ailes and the Instructor Alexis Rodriguez for is patience and professionalism. I’ve been traveling for 15 years and did have the chance to get train into paragliding in different country, but APPI is the most structured (...)