1) APPI paragliding insurance
Find all details here.
Our Insurance has been in place for 3 months already.
This insurance is currently available for European and Swiss residents, and also for European and Swiss citizens living abroad.
The fresh news is that in a few days it will be also available for Turkish citizens and residents.
The problem we face is that it is mainly professionals (instructors and tandem pilots) who have subscribed.
It is important that leisure pilots subscribe to this insurance because the cost of claims by professionals is usually very high, and the very low rate we obtained from our insurance will stand only if we have enough leisure pilots to counterbalance the risk.
We need a ratio of 10-15 leisure pilots minimum for one professional.
It is also very important that every all professionals do what they can to minimize risk by conducting themselves professionally and carefully (Specially tandem pilot must avoid risky behavior).
It is the responsibility of each instructor to promote APPI third party liability insurance for leisure pilots (the cost is only : 40 euros/year for worldwide coverage up to 1.600 000 Euros !) and explain to pilots the risks of flying without liability insurance.
We recommend to all APPI instructors to contact leisure pilots around you, validate their level in the APPI rating system by having them pass the theoretical and practical tests, and so they will have access to the insurance.
Note: The insurances commissioned on the APPI website and unpaid will be deleted after 7 days.
2) Hot APPI news
The field certification forms for instructors have been updated with the specifications of the new logbook.
They are available in version 2.1 up to level "advanced pilot".
They contain all the requirements for the theoretical and practical tests, but remember that your students must first pass the theoretical test available online on the APPI website.
These forms can be filled in directly via a tablet or smartphone, or printed at your choice.
Updates for other levels for professionals will come later.
Following a decision of the pedagogical committee to ensure consistency in the APPI system, and at the request of our insurance company, APPI instructors and tandem pilots that were validated through equivalence in the early years of APPI must attend a pro workshop before the end of 2017.
Pro workshop is also the standard procedure for all experienced pilots wishing to get an APPI tandem or instructor rating (minimum experience : 2 years tandem/instructor activity, 150 tandem flights for tandem, 15 students for instructor).
These pro-workshops are the opportunity to share the latest knowledge about gear aging, paraglider design and its implications on piloting, safety procedures, teaching tools and methods.
The pro-workshops schedule can be found here.
The deadline for this operation is end of 2017. Instructors and tandem pilots that have not been checked and validated thru a pro-workshop by then will temporarily lose their pro-certification until being checked.
3) First APPI Pro-Workshop in Middle East, October 2016
The first APPI Middle East Pro-Workshop was held October 13-23 in Beshahar, Iran with the help of the school ’Pars Sky’.
Besides iranian pilots, tandem pilots and instructors, we had the pleasure to welcome tandem pilots and instructors from Iceland and the Lebanon. 30 pilots enjoyed this workshop that was held in Beshahar, a beautiful place located close to the Caspian sea.
This very intensive workshop provided up-to-date information about gear aging, flight mechanics, piloting, weather forecasting, stress and risk management, tandem procedures and teaching pedagogic tools.
For tandem pilots, the emphasis was on safety procedures. For instructors, tools for structuring the pedagogical process and for improving safety management were introduced.
This workshop was given by Mendo Veljanovski, master SIV instructor and famous acro pilot from Macedonia (already known to many Iranian pilots), by Manu Bonte president of APPI paragliding pedagogical committee and by Patrick Troubet APPI master in charge of Asia.
Special thanks to Shadi Ziaei, one of the 400 woman pilots of Iran who did a huge translation job, and to Mohammad Razeghi who organized this workshop and shared also the translation work.
Final validation will take place in a few months in order to allow enough time for mastering procedures and tools.
Our insurance company already examined the possibility to widen our insurance offer to Iran whose flying community counts 8000 members.
4) Upcoming APPI workshops
- APPI Pro-workshop in USA, San Bernadino, given in English by Dale Covington and Manu Bonte, beginning 2017 (date not yet fixed).
This intensive workshop will be a mix of classroom and field practice, and will include three sections:
A 3 day theory segment open to all interested pilots, a 2 day Tandem clinic open to current tandem pilots, and a 2 day theory course for instructors already certified thru USHPA. There will also be 2 days of practical evaluations for the tandem and instructor segments. Interested tandem pilots and instructors can qualify for their APPI tandem and instructor ratings through this course. While the opportunity to get an APPI rating from this workshop is a great benefit, the biggest benefit will be the comprehensive education and current knowledge provided.
For more information and registration, contact Dale Covington.
- More workshops are being prepared in many other countries, the location and date are not yet settled. Watch this page regularly to see paragliding workshops planned.
If you organize or know of any paragliding and paramotor festival or meeting, give us this info to share with the APPI community.