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 and tandem pilots: registration must be completed by an APPI master certified (by workshop), usually during an APPI workshop, see the list of APPI workshops.

The APPI instructors and master instructors will be invited to participate in a pro-workshops as soon as they’re organized nearby, this will allow upgrading of knowledge and provide a common foundation for all APPI instructors.
You can contact the APPI Pedagogical committee directly on a forum accessible to all APPI registered members on this dedicated page.

- 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.
  • In the case of two requirements for instructors, and only one instructor required, the instructor must have both requirements.
    - 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 APPI 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.
    - Instructor or master certified means he/she was certified instructor or master during a pro-workshop.

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.

Qualifications/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
Winch technician Specialty 1 APPI instructor Winch technician
SIV pilot Specialty 1 SIV instructor
Acro. pilot Specialty Advanced SIV pilot 1 Accro & D-bag trainer
D-bag pilot Specialty Advanced SIV pilot 1 Accro & D-bag trainer
Advanced SIV pilot Specialty SIV pilot 1 SIV instructor
Open sky pilot Qualification 1 APPI instructor PG School Pilot
Adventure pilot Qualification Open sky pilot 1 APPI instructor PG School Pilot
APPI pilot Qualification Adventure pilot 1 APPI instructor PG Pilot
Open sky tandem pilot Qualification Advanced pilot First aid rescue 1 Instructor certified PG Pilot
Advanced pilot Qualification XC pilot Advanced SIV pilot 2 Instructor certified Instructor certified 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 APPI instructor Winch technician PG Pilot
XC pilot Specialty APPI pilot 1 XC instructor PG Pilot
Mini wing Specialty APPI pilot 1 APPI instructor PG Pilot
Speed ride Specialty APPI pilot 1 Speed ride instructor PG Pilot
Rescue packer Specialty Advanced pilot 1 APPI instructor PG Pilot
Handifly tandem pilot Specialty Open sky tandem pilot 1 Master certified Handifly master PG Pilot
Perfo. pilot Specialty XC pilot SIV pilot 1 XC instructor PG Pilot
APPI tandem pilot Qualification Open sky tandem pilot 2 Master certified Instructor certified PG Tandem Pilot
SIV Tandem Specialty Open sky tandem pilot 1 Instructor certified SIV instructor PG Tandem Pilot
APPI Group leader Specialty APPI tandem pilot 1 Master certified XC instructor PG Tandem Pilot
Advanced tandem pilot Specialty SIV Tandem 1 Instructor certified XC instructor PG Tandem Pilot
Assistant instructor Qualification APPI tandem pilot 1 Master certified PG Assistant Instructor
APPI instructor Qualification Assistant instructor 2 Master certified Instructor certified PG Instructor
XC instructor Specialty APPI instructor 1 Master certified XC instructor PG Instructor
SIV instructor Specialty APPI instructor Rescue packer 1 Master certified SIV & Acro master PG Instructor
Speed ride instructor Specialty APPI instructor Speed ride 1 Master certified Speed ride master PG Instructor
Handifly instructor Specialty APPI instructor 1 Master certified Handifly master PG Instructor
APPI staff Specialty Master instructor 1 Administrator PG Instructor
APPI Sky guide Specialty XC instructor 1 Master certified XC instructor PG Instructor
Accro & D-bag trainer Specialty SIV instructor 1 Master certified SIV & Acro master PG Instructor
Master instructor Qualification APPI instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
SIV & Acro master Specialty Master instructor Accro & D-bag trainer 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
Speed ride master Specialty Master instructor Speed ride instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor
Handifly master Specialty Master instructor Handifly instructor 1 Administrator PG Master Instructor