Newsletter In English - October 2014

October 2014
1) Workshop and cooperation in China
2) Various APPI infos
3) PPG News
4) Employment offer
5) Some upcoming Paragliding events and courses

APPI in China

1) Workshop et coopération en Chine

A representative for the Chinese government, the Air Sport Federation of China - ASFC - and APPI met together in August for a very successful workshop concerning paragliding education.

We want to thank the Chinese federation, ASFC, for organizing a workshop about the professional pilot level (tandem pilot and Instructor) in collaboration with APPI.

24 Instructors from all around China, the President, the ASFC of China and a representative of APPI were there for one week.

This first meeting was about Tandem Pilot education, requirements and exam organization.

We did a theoretical course, exam preparation and all of the instructors completed the exams to see what may be improved for the future generation of pilots.

The Idea of the workshop was to share information about international standards and the experience of the Chinese instructors. Some of them have 20 Years of experience already.

It was very constructive as China receives very little information about paragliding education. Previously the Chinese system was based on the FAI recommendation for para pro levels which did not include any education system and had no information for professional levels.

I’d like to thank all the instructors for their participation and the motivation to learn more and more.

This is a beautiful move from all of them. We can take it as an example.

All of us really appreciated the workshop and left inspired. We learned new skills and shared our knowledge, that was the APPI spirit.

APPI will continue to support the ASFC and all Chinese pilots, as the country has just started to realize the potential of Paragliding.

Let’s go flying in China!
David Arrufat, President of APPI.

2) Various APPI infos

- When an instructor register a new student, you can ask to send the membership card to your school instead of to the pilot. If necessary, this option can be changed later by the student.

- A reminder to managers of the schools that your school can pay the membership fee including the membership card during the registration of a new student, by clicking on the button "Payment by school". This payment is possible only if the total credit authorized by your school has not been reached. Furthermore, the school manager can pay the subscription fee for any APPI member (only if the school has sufficient credit).

- Due to the low price of membership card (8 Euros), the cards are sent by default by a low cost carrier without a tracking number. If you want fast shipment with tracking number, please contact the secretary. In this case, the cost of transportation depends of the destination, you will be charged accordingly.

3) PPG News

- The next APPI PPG Instructor course is taking place in Brazil for up to 15 potential Paramotor and ParaTrike instructors. APPI PPG Founder and Master Instructor Alex Ledger is running the course which starts at the end of October.


- The first Flying for Heroes expedition has now been completed in Kenya and was a huge success. They plan to do a 2015 expedition so watch this space: www.flyingforheroes.org!

- APPI PPG Master Instructor Dean Eldridge ran a very successful Paramotor Instructor course in Cyprus last month and is available this winter to run more courses. To arrange further APPI PPG instructor courses please email: secretary-ppg@appifly.org.

4) Employment offer

Tandem Pilot & Instructor Training Internship.

From October 10 to May 31, 2015 at Kamshet, located between the big cities of Mumbai & Pune, India.

Opportunities for experienced pilots in the following categories:
1. Tandem Pilot Training & Licensing (APPI Tandem Pilot)
2. Instructor training & Licensing (APPI Instructor)
3. Licensed Tandem Pilots who wish to fly commercial tandems
4. Licensed Instructors looking to work in a school for a limited period
5. job opportunities for Instructors/Tandem pilots on long term basis

More infos on www.templepilots.com.

5) Some upcoming Paragliding events and courses

- Paragliding trip to Nepal, with Gruyere Parapente - Switzerland - from October 17 to November 2, 2014.
Two weeks of adventures and discoveries in Nepal!
Flying cross, night homestay, SIV courses...
More infos here.

- Thermalling/XC Expedition Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India, from October 31 to November 5, 2014.
Tour de Himalayas 2014 - blue skies, big thermals, magical mountains, stunning scenery, epic flights and friends to share it all with. I call it the tour for Ascension and Expansion.
Open to both experienced pilots looking to go further and first timers who wish to open the doorway to Himalayan flying.
More infos here.

- SIV / Progressive Acro course, Bilaspur (near Bir) Himachal Pradesh, India, from October 27 to October 30, 2014.
Join me for the most fun n most thrilling course in paragliding. Nothing will equip you as a pilot (in terms of skill, knowledge, glider handling & flight safety) than a good SIV Course. Learn to play with your glider with a progressive Acro training.
More infos here.

- SIV course by Flyecuador with Jorge A. Duque C. from November 1 to December 21, 2014 at Yaguarcocha Lake- Ibarra City, Ecuador.
Basic & Advance SIV course, training Tandem SIV for instructors, basic Acro course and Free Acro Training.
Courses each week from november to december. Languages available : english, spanish, french and portuguese.
More infos here.

- 2º Encontro de Paramotor de Castro Verde, Portugal, October 4 - 5, 2014.
More infos here.

- Festival del volo minimale, Dovera, Italia, October 4 - 5, 2014.
More infos here.

- Himalayan Unclimbed peaks to raise money for Sherpa, Nepal, October 12, 2014.
More infos here.

- IFTE 2014 - İstanbul Flight Training Exhibition - October 17 - 18, 2014, Turkey.
More infos here.

- 14° Encontro de Paraglider, at Leopoldina, Minas Gerais, Brazil, October 18, 2014.
O Clvl Leopoldina,convida a todos os pilotos, admiradores do esporte e público em geral a participar do evento no Morro do Cruzeiro,com muito voo livre,música ao vivo,área de lazer c segurança e entrada gratuita.Venham prestigiar o esporte,confraternizar, divertir,e interagir c a natureza nuns dos locais mais agradáveis de nossa pequena Leopoldina
More infos here.

- 15th Ölüdeniz Air Games, October 21 - 25, 2014, Turkey.
More infos here.

- Puerto Rico PPG Tour II, November 16, 2014.
More infos here.

Pre-copa Mundial de Parapente, November 22 - 29, 2014, at Terranostra, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
More infos here.

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