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GENERAL RULES

Your paragliding activity must comply with the laws of the country in which it is performed.
APPI certification is internal to the APPI system, and shows no particular right in the country where the activity is performed, unless APPI is recognized by the legal local authority managing free flight.
Do not use drugs or alcohol before or during flight activities.

APPI open sky pilot and adventure pilot:
- Carry certified emergency parachute during high flights.
- Fly under instructor control with radio contact.

APPI pilot:
- Carry certified emergency parachute during high flights.
- Report in APPI system of accident when involved.
- Third party liability insurance if available;
- Respect rules and regulations of the countries you are flying in.
- Keep logbook updated.

APPI advanced pilot:
- Report in APPI system of accident when involved.
- Third party liability insurance if available.
- Respect rules and regulations of the countries you are flying in.

ACRO in TANDEM:
- No acro in tandem above ground,
- No acro in tandem above water below 200m/surface.
- Acro in tandem above water above 200m allowed if glider is 10G certified, 2 emergency parachute or one Rogallo type, rescue team ready.
- Acro is wing >90°, stall, spin, sat, spiral deeper -8m:s.
- In emergency situation any mean to go down is allowed.
- Special authorization to fly acro above ground can be given by a master under his responsibility.

XC in tandem:
- Is allowed with non commercial or pro qualification, it requires tandem siv certification + solo perfo certification.

APPI non commercial tandem pilot in “pending” status:
- Carry certified emergency parachute.
- Certified harness.
- Back protection for passenger and pilot.
- Tandem paragliding gear in good state.
- After the tandem course, non commercial tandem third party liability insurance mandatory if available.
- Report in APPI system of accident when involved.
- Expect to act in an exemplary manner.
- Respect rules and regulations of the countries you are flying in.

APPI non commercial tandem pilot in “validated” status:
- Carry certified emergency parachute except for dynamic soaring <50m AGL and “walk and fly”.
- Certified harness.
- Tandem paragliding gear in good state.
- Non commercial tandem third party liability insurance mandatory if available.
- Accident report in APPI system when involved.
- Respect rules and regulations of the countries he is flying in.
- Expect to act in an exemplary manner (value of example).
- Freely welcome visiting APPI pilot.

APPI pro tandem pilot:
- Carry certified emergency parachute except for dynamic soaring <50m AGL and “walk and fly”.
- Certified harness.
- Tandem paragliding gear in good state.
- Third party liability insurance mandatory if available.
- Accident report in APPI system when involved.
- Flight certificate to passengers.
- Respect rules and regulations of the countries he is flying in (working laws).
- Expect to act in an exemplary manner (value of example).
- Freely welcome visiting APPI pilot.

APPI assistant instructor:
- Work under instructor’s responsibility.
- In case the instructor decides under his responsibility to let the assistant be alone on the field (ground handling), or accompanied by another assistant instructor (flight), the Instructor should be able to reach the practice area in less than 2 hours.
- Contract a third party liability pro insurance if available.
- Report accident in APPI system when involved or student involved.
- Gear used in good condition and adapted to student’s skills and morphology.
- Respect rules and regulations of the countries you are flying and teaching (working laws).
- Act in an exemplary manner (value of example).
- Freely welcome visiting APPI pilot.

APPI Instructor:
- Register their student in APPI system (if not, student is not covered by your instructor’s insurance).
- Give an APPI logbook to your student.
- Gear used in good condition and adapted to student’s skills and morphology.
- Contract a third party liability pro insurance if available.
- Inform student about limitations of instructors liability insurance, and benefits to take his own liability insurance (if applies).
- Follow the APPI education system and validate students steps in their logbook.
- Validate student qualifications according to APPI standards.
- Report in APPI system of accident when involved or student involved.
- Respect rules and regulations of the countries he is flying and teaching (working laws).
- Act in an exemplary manner (value of example).
- Freely welcome visiting APPI pilot.

APPI master:
- Register their student in APPI system (if not, student is not covered by your instructor’s insurance).
- Give an APPI logbook to your student.
- Gear used in good condition and adapted to student’s skills and morphology.
- Contract a third party liability pro insurance if available.
- Inform student about benefits to contract a liability insurance and risks to fly without (if applies).
- Follow the APPI education system and validate students steps in their logbook.
- Validate student qualifications according to APPI standards.
- Report in APPI system of accident when involved or student involved.
- Respect rules and regulations of the countries he is flying and teaching (working laws).
- Act in an exemplary manner (value of example).
- Freely welcome visiting APPI pilot.

APPI Schools:
The APPI registered schools have to display the APPI logo including a link to APPI website on the main page of the school website.
It is not allowed to use the term "APPI school" in the school name.

Complaints:
Any active APPI member may submit a complaint in relation to any APPI member, APPI school or APPI organization. They may point out for instance violations of APPI training Standards or of APPI rules that they witness personally. The APPI disciplinary committee will investigate.

Close account:
To close your APPI account, please send the request to APPI secretary.
Only the owner of the account can ask to be deleted.

Fees:
The annual membership fee to the association cannot be subject to refund.
If a school is paying directly to APPI the membership fee of a student, extra charges for this service cannot exceed 15% .

Disciplinary committee:
As result of disciplinary committee investigation and decision, an APPI member status may be modified, canceled, blacklisted or their account may be closed. There will be no action taken without giving the opportunity to the member to give their version.

Black listed status:
- Black listed Status means that an APPI Membership has been invalidated. APPI Members may be black listed, as a result of the disciplinary committee decision, when their conduct is deemed detrimental to the organization, for non-compliance with safety regulations, or any other important reason decided by the committee.
- A member who is Black listed cannot represent himself as an APPI Member, teach APPI courses or certify APPI pilots, and does not receive any membership benefits. The name of a Black Listed member is published on the APPI website.
- Examples of actions that may result in Black listed include, but are not limited to:
◦ Gross violations of APPI Standards that may jeopardize the safety of students in training.
◦ Transmission of information intentionally false or altered to APPI.
◦ Financial irresponsibility in transacting business with APPI.
◦ Wrongfully discrediting the APPI organization, staff, and members.
◦ Attempting to deliberately damage the APPI organization and APPI Members’ abilities to provide instructional programs or conduct business.

- To recover from a blacklisted status, an APPI member should send a request to APPI disciplinary committee. The committee will review the case and give a clear road map to follow.

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