1) Hot APPI news
The new design of the APPI cards will soon be effective, it contains a validity date of one year, the information on your APPI insurance as well as those that have been validated during a pro-workshop, the certification logo.
It also contains for the countries concerned the IPPI / FAI logo with the level of APPI / Safepro equivalence.
You must sign the card as soon as you receive it to be valid and then paste on it the protective sticker.
2) APPI Pro-Workshop in Greece, April 2017
The third APPI Pro-workshop in Olympus, Greece was on April 1-11, 2017 with the support of Olympic Wings Paragliding School.
21 pilots, tandem pilots and instructors from Greece, Spain, Bosnia, Slovenia, Albania and China participated in this very intensive workshop. In the program, we covered the updated information on ageing of the equipment, flight mechanics, piloting, weather forecasting, stress management and risk management, tandem procedures and pedagogic tools.
For the Tandem pilots, the focus was on tandem safety procedures, manoeuvre, and landing approach and target.
For the Instructors, we focus sed on radio guidance, APPI pedagogical tools, and introduce the improved safety management.
This workshop was presented by Patrick Troubet-Lacoste. Special thanks to Claudia Kenk, who participated and assisted for the evaluation, Asterios Makrovasilis for the organisation, and Katerina Makrovasilis for the translation in this workshop.
The final validation of the instructors will take place in a few months, in order to give them sufficient time to master the procedures and the pedagogical tools.
3) PPG news
APPI PPG Master Instructor Raffaele Benetti organized an Instructor Workshop in Saudi Arabia on May 13th - 27th, 2017.
The attention level of every students during theoretical and practical lessons was really high and their progression impressive.
Almost all pilots have corrected their bad habits in just two days. Their motivation looks really high and this made easy for them to follow my instructions and corrections with a fast and impressive changing.
The support of Saudi Aviation Club was helpful and the Mohammad Al Homoud, who provided all the services and translations, was simply perfect.
I’m really impressed by this group of pilots, their ambition to become perfect pilots made easy for them to learn.
Saudi Arabia has now a great group of instructors!
4) Upcoming APPI workshops
Pro-workshop for paragliding instructors and tandem pilots are planned in Spain and Taiwan, but the dates are not yet fixed. These will be displayed in the workshops page as soon as the dates are set. See here for paragliding and here for PPG.
If you organize or know of any paragliding and paramotor festival or meeting, give us this info to share with the APPI community.