Newsletter In English - April 2015

April 2015
1) APPI at the exhibition of Chengdu in July, China
2) Previous APPI workshops in Colombia and Philippines
3) PPG News
4) Some upcoming Paragliding events and courses

1) APPI at the exhibition of Chengdu, China

APPI China exhibition

APPI will be present at the exhibition of Chengdu, China, from July 17 to 19, 2015.

There is an activity calls "City to People" that will be held in ChengDu, Sichuan Province.

This 1-week event aims to promote the two cities : London and Chengdu, including urban planning, city arts, creative design, and so on.

200,000 visitors are expected to come.

The event will have exhibitions, workshops and dialogs about the culture of England.

There are two parts of the event :

1. English artists will work together with Chinese children to paint the paragliding wings (see photo above).

2. Launch a 2-week working holiday in APPI schools / flying sites in UK, the Chinese young people will work in the schools or flying sites to learn about this sports and help in daily operation.

2) Previous APPI workshops in Colombia and Philippines

APPI workshop Medellin

- From 9 to 15 March 2015 APPI held a workshop in Medellin, Colombia, organized by Ruben Dario Montoya Vargas, APPI school Paragliding Medellin and led by Manu Bonte, master instructor of APPI paragliding education committee.

This workshop was intended primarily for Tandem pilots of Medellin wishing to validate their skills in APPI.

In addition to cutting edge information on the technical aspects, they will have benefited from a specific course on customer relations, civil and criminal liability and the influence of human factors on safety.

It also helped autonomous pilots to acquire the tools necessary to improve safety, control and performance.

All received concrete answers to their questions, and acquired practical tools and methods to fly and move with greater security.

The 24 participants showed great motivation. 12 tandem pilots and three pilots had their skills certified in APPI.

APPI workshop Medellin

- From 6 to 8 March held an APPI workshop at Mindanao, Philippines, organized by APPI and PPHGA, the Philippine Paragliding and Hang Gliding Association.

This small workshop was held in a friendly way.

Thanks to PPHGA and all the pilots for their assistance and cooperation.

Paragliding is emerging and starting to grow in the Philippines.

The pilots are just waiting for more info and advice for better and safer flights.

Only three main flying sites see regular pilots, many other mountains await for new pilots and new take-off areas.

The potential is great for a big future pilots community just waiting to expend their energy.

3) PPG News


- Master Instructor Alex Ledger has just run another APPI PPG & ParaTrike Instructor course in Brazil. Congratulations to all of the participants who attained the Instructor and Assistant Instructor licenses. Check out photos of the course here.

- We would like to congratulate the two newest APPI PPG & ParaTrike Master Instructors, Ricardo Maciel and Anderson Bech, who completed their second Instructor course, this time as Master Assistants on the course in Brazil.

- The next APPI PPG Instructor course takes place in Spain from the 14th - 21st June. Slots are still available, to book on this course contact us: secretary-ppg@appifly.org.

4) Some upcoming Paragliding events and courses

- APPI Workshop at Sarajevo, Bosnia, from May 5 to May 11, 2015.
Theory course for paragliding pilots and evaluation & validation for tandem pilots will be on the menu of this workshop.
Organized by APPI instructor Mirvad Zennuni with the support of APPI master Manu Bonte, in collaboration with the APPI school Paragliding Academy Sarajevo.
The course will be taught in English and practice will be held at Bjelašnica.
More infos here.

- Competition at Fribourg, Switzerland, from June 4 to June 7.
Organized by the APPI school Gruyere Parapente with APPI master Marc Pugin (10130).
4 days of walking and flying in the foothills and nights and refueling in shacks.
Followed by live tracking beacon on internet.
Open to any APPI Advanced solo pilot.
Info & registrations here.

- 22° South Brazilian Festival of Free Flight, April 11-12, at Timbé do Sul, Brazil.
More infos here

- Expo Paramotor Brazil 2015, from April 18 to April 21, at Araçatuba, Brazil.
More infos here.

- 2nd anniversary of the association ’Han’Vol, May 9 at Arette, France.
The program: workshops for all, food, aperitif, concert.
More infos here.

- Beach Blast 2015 "The World’s Largest Beachfront PPG Event", May 13 at Panama City Beach, Florida, USA.
Come join us for the 5th Edition of what Paramotor magazine referred to as the biggest and the best.
More infos here.

- SLALOMANIA, World Paramotor slalom contests, May 15-17 at Dovera, Italy.
More infos here.

- Festival Paramotor KELANTAN 2015, from June 5 to June 7 at Gunong, Kelantan, Malaysia.
More infos here.

- Parafest 2015 from June 12 to June 14 at Llangollen, North Wales, UK.
The biggest event of its kind in the UK. Paragliding, Paramotoring, Hang Gliders, traders, mountain bike tracks, market area, sideshow attractions, kids zone, zip line, on site bar, caterers, hog roast, live music, DJ, the list goes on....!!
If you are a flyer, thinking about learning to fly or if you want to see some flying, ride the downhill mountain bike tracks or just fancy a weekend away camping in Wales having fun and partying with the rest of us then you need to come here.!
More infos here.

- International Paramotor Meeting Blois, June 19-21 at Blois, France.
More infos here.

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