Registration Rules


If you are a Pilot and wish to become an APPI member, please visit ’Join APPI by equivalence’ or contact an APPI flight school, or an APPI Instructor.

If you are already an Instructor and wish to become an APPI Instructor, please visit ’Join APPI by equivalence’ or contact the APPI secretary.
You can also contact one APPI Master or Instructor, for your validation. He/She will help you to register with APPI.

- For new individual members: registration must be completed by an APPI instructor.
- For new instructors: registration must be completed by an APPI master instructor or online, in this case the instructor must be validated by a master instructor.
- All qualifications/specialties have prerequisites, please pay attention to each course/specialty requirements. To apply for new qualification, the candidate must validate the precedent level (except open sky pilot), this also applies to instructor levels.
- For validation requiring 2 different Instructors, please follow this procedure:

    • The instructor in charge registers the student "in progress" and informs the second instructor for double validation,
    • Once the training is completed successfully, the second instructor completes the student’s validation,
    • In case of equivalence, the first instructor or the student must send a copy of the student’s logbook, together with all certified documents to the secretary for validation.
      - To register a student: instructors must be teaching in an APPI school and be registered by the school director. Instructors can teach in only one school at the time.
      - When a new student is registered, the APPI permanent certification card will be issued a maximum of 45 days after the validation from the instructor and the fee payment is received. The exception if one of the qualifications is in progress, in which case the shipment of the card will be postponed.

Flight School/Fly Centre Registration Rules

- If you are a TANDEM PILOT you can register a one star APPI FLIGHT CENTER.
- If you are an INSTRUCTOR you can register an APPI SCHOOL.
- The numbers of stars for a flight centre or school means how many instructors work at the school.

    • One star for a flight centre managed by a tandem pilot.
    • Two stars for a flight school with one instructor.
    • Three stars for a flight school with two instructors.
    • Four stars for a flight school with three instructors.
    • Five star schools means a school with a master instructor (validated by APPI) plus an instructor.
      - School managers have to choose if the membership fee for new students will be paid by the member or by the school, permission is given for each instructor.

Certifications/Specialties rules table

Title type student 1st requirement student 2nd requirement instructors needed 1st instructor requirement 2nd instructor requirement level
First aid rescue specialty 1 APPI instructor
First aid rescue instructor specialty 1 APPI staff
Open sky pilot certification 1 APPI instructor PG School Pilot
Adventure pilot certification Open sky pilot 1 APPI instructor PG School Pilot
Winch technician specialty 1 Winch instructor PG School Pilot
APPI pilot certification Adventure pilot 1 APPI instructor PG Pilot
Advanced pilot certification APPI pilot Advanced SIV pilot 2 APPI instructor APPI instructor PG Pilot
Open sky tandem pilot certification Advanced pilot First aid rescue 1 Tandem instructor PG Pilot
Soaring specialty APPI pilot 1 APPI instructor PG Pilot
Alpin specialty APPI pilot 1 APPI instructor PG Pilot
Winch specialty APPI pilot 1 Winch instructor PG Pilot
Advanced SIV pilot specialty SIV pilot 1 SIV instructor PG Pilot
Acro. pilot specialty Advanced SIV pilot 1 Accro. trainer PG Pilot
D-bag pilot specialty Advanced SIV pilot 1 D-bag trainer PG Pilot
XC pilot specialty APPI pilot SIV pilot 1 XC instructor PG Pilot
Perfo. pilot specialty XC pilot 1 Perfo. trainer PG Pilot
Rescue packer specialty Advanced pilot 1 APPI instructor PG Pilot
Mini wing specialty APPI pilot 1 Mini wing instructor PG Pilot
Speed ride specialty APPI pilot 1 Speed ride instructor PG Pilot
Parahawking pilot specialty APPI pilot 1 Parahawking instructor PG Pilot
SIV pilot specialty APPI pilot 1 SIV instructor PG Pilot
APPI tandem pilot certification Open sky tandem pilot 2 Tandem instructor APPI instructor PG Tandem Pilot
Advanced tandem pilot specialty SIV Tandem XC pilot 1 Tandem instructor PG Tandem Pilot
APPI Group leader specialty APPI tandem pilot 1 APPI Fly guide PG Tandem Pilot
SIV Tandem specialty APPI tandem pilot 1 SIV instructor PG Tandem Pilot
Assistant instructor certification APPI tandem pilot 1 APPI instructor PG Assistant Instructor
APPI instructor certification Assistant instructor 2 Master instructor APPI instructor PG Instructor
APPI staff specialty Master instructor 1 Administrator PG Instructor
Tandem instructor specialty APPI instructor Advanced tandem pilot 1 Master instructor PG Instructor
XC instructor specialty APPI instructor 1 XC master PG Instructor
Perfo. trainer specialty XC instructor 1 Perfo. master PG Instructor
SIV instructor specialty APPI instructor 1 SIV master PG Instructor
Accro. trainer specialty SIV instructor 1 Acro. master PG Instructor
D-bag trainer specialty SIV instructor 1 D-bag master PG Instructor
APPI Fly guide specialty APPI instructor APPI Group leader 1 APPI Sky guide PG Instructor
APPI Sky guide specialty APPI Fly guide XC instructor 1 Administrator PG Instructor
Winch instructor specialty APPI instructor Winch 1 Winch master PG Instructor
Mini wing instructor specialty APPI instructor Mini wing 1 Mini wing master PG Instructor
Speed ride instructor specialty APPI instructor Speed ride 1 Speed ride master PG Instructor
Parahawking instructor specialty APPI instructor Parahawking pilot 1 Parahawking master PG Instructor
Handifly instructor specialty APPI instructor 1 Handifly master PG Instructor
Master instructor certification APPI instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
XC master specialty Master instructor XC instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
Perfo. master specialty XC master 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
SIV master specialty Master instructor SIV instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
Acro. master specialty SIV master Accro. trainer 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
D-bag master specialty SIV master D-bag trainer 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
Winch master specialty Master instructor Winch instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
Mini wing master specialty Master instructor Mini wing instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
Speed ride master specialty Master instructor Speed ride instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
Parahawking master specialty Master instructor Parahawking instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
Handifly master specialty Master instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor