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Newsletter in English - September 2017


APPINEWS
September 2017
SUMMARY :
1) Hot APPI news
2) News from the paragliding pedagogical committee
3) PPG news
4) Upcoming APPI workshops and events

1) Hot APPI news

Relook of APPI website- The APPI website has been ​revamped and updated.
We hope you will find the navigation for general pages more simple and direct.
The link to log in or log out is now on a dedicated button at the top of the page.
Some unused pages have been deleted.
We have also updated the requirements for several certifications.
We are working on a complete overhaul of the site, planned for the end of the year.
APPI paragliding main page.


New APPI cardNew APPI card- The appi certification card has also been renewed showing now the ippi safepro equivalence.
Fai and IPPI logo appear for the countries where we are allowed to issue them.

2) News from the paragliding pedagogical committee

- Equivalences between APPI certifications and FAI SAFEPRO levels are now established.
FAIThey are published on the APPI website. Check for APPI pilot courses.
- APPI 1 open sky pilot => IPPI 1
- APPI 2 adventure pilot => IPPI 2
- APPI 3 pilot => IPPI 3
- APPI 3 pilot with soaring and alpine certifications + min. 50 flights / 30 hours on 3 different sites => IPPI 4
- APPI 5 advanced pilot => IPPI 5
- APPI 5 advanced pilot + perfo. certification => IPPI 5B
- APPI 5 advanced pilot + acro. certification => IPPI 5D
You can see your APPI <-> SAFEPRO/IPPI equivalence level on your account page or APPI licence.
You can consult the SAFEPRO standard document by FAI on this page.

- Four new certifications have been created.

  • IPPI 4:
    Validation by instructor for APPI 3 pilot with soaring and alpine certification + minimum 50 flights / 30 hours on 3 different sites.
  • Handi-friend:
    This certify people who are taught to help handi pilots, (pushers, helpers) or to help Handifly Tandem Pilots in their activity. They are trained on a wide range of handicaps.
  • Inspection and Maintenance Expert:
    APPI inspection & maintenance experts are technicians that master a wide range of techniques to inspect the glider, harness, reserve and other accessories. They are able to decide if the paraglider and ​its components are air worthy or not. They are also capable to make common adjustments and repairs.
    ​Under APPI standards, an APPI Inspection & Maintenance Expert has the necessary knowledge to manage and operate a paragliding control and repair shop.
  • Inspection and Maintenance instructor:
    Instructor authorized to teach techniques to inspect the glider, harness, reserve and other accessories.

APPI workshop certification- APPI Paragliding Pedagogical Committee notice.
Following a decision of the paragliding 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 professionnels 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 ​the 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) PPG news

APPI PPG SkyWeek in FranceAPPI PPG Secretary Alex Ledger ​ran a new trip called SkyWeek in France recently. The trip was designed for qualified APPI PPG pilots who wished to develop their skills while flying in some stunning locations ranging from ancient Chateaus to Glacial Mountains. As you can see from the photos the weather was absolutely stunning and culminated in an amazing flight next to Mt Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. For more information on how to take part in a SkyWeek visit: www.skyschooluk.com
APPI PPG SkyWeek in FranceAPPI PPG SkyWeek in France

Meanwhile in Oman, APPI PPG Instructor Sean Abela has led a group of experienced pilots on a flight along the stunning coastline with buoyancy devices and a support boat just in case there were any engine issues! The trip was a huge success and there are plans to fly to some islands further out to sea.

APPI PPG SkyWeek in FranceAPPI PPG SkyWeek in France

4) Upcoming APPI workshops

- APPI Pro-workshop in Mexico, with APPI masters instructors Edgar Paul Soria Cordones and Marko Hrgetic, and APPI Instructor Miguel Gutiérrez, October 20th to November 1st, 2017, Valle de Bravo.
Given in Spanish.
Workshop for training, evaluation and validation of paragliding tandem pilots and instructors.
For more information and registration, contact APPI@paraglidingmexico.com.

- APPI pro-workshop in Spain, Ager, From October 16th to October 28th, 2017.
With APPI master instructors Jordi Marquillas and Manu Bonte.
Given in Spanish.
Workshop for training, evaluation and validation of paragliding tandem pilots and instructors.
Contact: Entrenuvols school.

- APPI Paragliding Pro-workshop in Greece, Mount Olympus, given by Asterios Makrovasilis, November 19-28, 2017.
Theory course for paragliding advanced pilots, tandem pilots and instructors pro-workshop.
For more information and registration, contact Asterios Makrovasilis.

See here for planned APPI pro-workshops 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.

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