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Newsletter in English - March 2019


APPINEWS
March 2019
SUMMARY :
1) Hot APPI news
2) APPI Workshop in UAE, March 2019
3) APPI Pro-Workshop in Colombia, February 2019
4) Upcoming APPI workshops and pro-courses

1) Hot APPI news

- APPI is now the Official Paragliding Education & Rating System in the UAE
APPI is now the Official Paragliding Education & Rating System in the United Arab Emirates that includes the seven Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, Fujairah & Ras Al Khaimah, from March 2019. Thanks to the EAF (Emirates Aerosport Federation) & FAI/CIVL Administration collaboration.
APPI is authorized by EAF and FAI to issue IPPI / FAI cards for nationals and residents of UAE.

- Grouping of APPI certification cards for sending to schools
We now send APPI certification cards to schools by international registered letter as soon as 4 cards are waiting to be sent. In this case, tracking is possible with a tracking number, but for some countries tracking is not assured to the destination.
On request to the secretary, it is also possible to send the cards by international express carrier (dhl, fedex, chronopost ...), but considering the high cost of this shipment, you must then pay extra shipping fee (20 € to 40 € depending on the destination).
Due to the relatively large number of APPI certification cards not received, especially in Asia and South America, we have added the possibility to print yourself the card only for affiliated members from your APPI account page.

- For technical reasons, if you are logged on the APPI website and it is not possible to see the contents of your account, you must click on LOGOUT then LOGIN to refresh your access rights to the pages of the site.

- We are working on updating the APPI website. This version will be more modern and easier to use with a smartphone or tablet. Instructors may already have a preview on this page. Attention, this version is under development and will evolve further.

2) APPI Workshop in UAE, March 2019

APPI Master Instructor Avi Malik initiated the process of establishing the APPI System in UAE by conducting two Workshops from the 7th to the 10th of March 2019 at Al Fayah Flying site in Sharjah, close to Dubai.
1. APPI Training & Preparation Workshop
2. APPI Evaluation & Certification Workshop

The Workshops were organised with the support of EAF (Emirates Aerosport Federation) & the Local APPI Pilots Hany Elsaadany & Salem Woldraha from Dubai.

The Workshops were conducted by APPI Master Instructor Avi Malik & APPI Assistant Instructor & Competition Pilot Sachin Pathare.

The Workshops were well received by the Local pilots & the Expats residing in the UAE. Work is in progress to establish the first APPI Fly Center & an APPI School in the UAE.


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3) APPI Pro-Workshop in Colombia, February 2019

APPI Pro-Workshop in Colombia, February 2019The Colombian APPI Pro-Workshop was held in APIA, Risaralda with the help of the paragliding Club Vientos, Alejandro Bermudez, and the APIA municipality.

This workshop was given by Manu Bonte president of APPI pedagogical committee and Michael Grisey, technical director of Flyeo, a major school in Annecy, France.

This intensive workshop happened in two parts :

First part - February 4-8, was focused on pedagogy : tools to structure pedagogical process and to improve safety management have been introduced. Practical exercises on the field allowed to put them in practice.

Second part - February 25-28 provided up-to-date information about gear aging, flight mechanics, piloting, weather forecasting, stress and risk management, as well as tandem safety procedures and operating.

APPI Pro-Workshop in Colombia, February 2019The check of the trim of the gliders showed important difference for most of the gliders proposed… which is a major safety issue. The workshop allowed us to make the necessary corrections. Special thanks to Edinson Rodriguez from Jardin, Antioquia for his help.

1-6 march, was held a final validation session of the instructors that were ready (some attended the 2017 workshop held in jerico). Michael Grisey spent previously a week in Medellin and Manisales to help the ones willing to get ready for that exam.

We had also the pleasure to welcome members of FEDEAEREOS board (colombian federation and NAC). Héctor Arboleda Vice president, appreciated greatly the contents of the pro-workshop. Erik Sanchez, Secretary and manager of a flying site close to Bogota, witnessed all examination sessions.

Constructive discussions allowed to set the bases of a future collaboration FEDEAEREOS-APPI.


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4) Upcoming APPI workshops and courses

- APPI Paragliding Pro-workshop in Colombia, given in Spanish at Jericó, with by Edgar Paul Soria C. and Pablo Lopez, from 22 April to 1st May 2019.
Workshop of training, evaluation and validation of experimented tandem pilots.
Information and registration : Erik Sanchez, Secretary FEDEAEREOS, Cel/whatsapp : +573124436986, email : sanchexkf@gmail.com

- Pro-tandem course in Greece, at Mount Olympus, from 30 March until 6 April 2019.
In collaboration with Olympic Wings and Free Flight APPI schools.
Given in English, Greek and German.
Contact: info@olympicwings.com

- Pro-tandem course in Macedonia, at Krushevo, from 17 May until 26 May 2019.
In collaboration with Acro Macedonia and Aero club Albania APPI schools.
Given in English.
More Information and registration: dorozhani@gmail.com and acromacedonia@gmail.com

If you organize or know of any paragliding and paramotor festival or meeting, give us this info to share with the APPI community.

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