What APPI and FAI do

What is the difference between the APPI card and the IPPI card (from FAI) ?

The two cards are for different purposes. The APPI card shows a certain level of training has been received & is recognized internationally among all APPI schools worldwide, and partner Associations and Federations. The IPPI Card is an FAI Certification, valid only with the Certification from the Federation of your own country. The use of the IPPI card is to enter competitions. When your Federation (if a member of FAI) gives you a solo license, you can request an IPPI Card only for SOLO pilot P1- P5 (5 solo level) for the promotion of competition.

Your APPI Card is about your instructional level, Solo or Professional not related to any Federation, but International. It includes all FAI rules and regulations and standard for solo and professional levels.
With your APPI Card you can prove and improve your level as a pilot with a guarantee of quality, no matter what your nationality or your country’s Federation is. Use APPI to Travel and learn all around the world.
APPI is very helpful both for countries having a strong Federation, which helps to keep the standard and for countries in the process of improving their Federation, because APPI unites us all.
Adhering to APPI, you help paragliding to develop in many different countries and grow as a safe sport, as well as a safe job and activity.

What APPI does

APPI was created to develop its paragliding Education System from solo Pilots to Professional Level. Bringing evolution and safety to paragliding as never before.
APPI activities include the establishment of rules for the control and certification of world paragliding recreational and professional development. APPI establishes regulations for pilots standard which are joined by members and paragliding schools throughout the world, promoting skills, proficiency and safety in paragliding.
In achieving these goals, APPI brings together people who take part in paragliding from all over the world. They share the delight of learning and exercising their flying skills with paragliding.

APPI does not interfere in FAI activities, which is responsible for making the rules for competitions, under FAI Air Sport Commissions. Regulations, rules or recommendations accepted by the FAI Commissions are followed up by APPI.
FAI is involved in all air sports in general (organizing and maintaining competition standards for all Air Sports). However, the FAI does not regulate a specific development for paragliding education levels. This is what APPI does.

What FAI does

FAI activities include the establishment of rules for the control and certification of world aeronautical and astronautical records. FAI establishes regulations for air sporting events which are organized by member countries throughout the world. FAI do not validate Tandem Pilot, instructor or any professional Level. FAI confers medals, diplomas and other awards to those who have contributed to the achievement of these aims as well as for work done in the restoration of old aircraft.
In achieving these goals, FAI brings together people who take part in air sports from all over the world. They share the delight of gliding, the excitement of parachuting and ballooning, the fun of flying microlights and exercise their skill in aerobatics.
With FAI, each air sport has an International Commission responsible for making the rules for competitions and which generally oversees the activities of their particular air sport.
All FAI Contests, Championships and Record Setting activities are conducted under the direction of the FAI Air Sport Commissions. Other matters are dealt with by FAI Technical Commissions.
Regulations, rules or recommendations accepted by the Commissions during their annual meetings are followed up by the delegates themselves at the national level, and with Member-countries which need help developing their air sports.

Differences between APPI and FAI, and why to come in an APPI workshop

APPI et FAI don’t have the same status neither the same objective and are highly complementary in their role.


A) Is federating the national federations. Meaning members of FAI are NOT the pilots but the federations that applied to be member.

B) The goals of FAI are:
- organize continental championship,
- organize world championship,
- homologate records,
- promote competitions.

C) Therefore FAI manages 2 things:
- international rating of pilots,
- IPPI card with parapro level 1 to 5 (highest level (parapro level 5 is advanced pilot)).

There is NO FAI tandem pilot certification and NO FAI instructor certification.


A) Is an international association of pilots and instructors, its members are the pilots.

B) The goals of APPI are to spread knowledge, make flying and learning to fly safer.

C) To reach this goal, APPI has developped an education system.
Every level is described, each knowledge is described , exams are described...
APPI has:
- Pilots Manual,
- evaluation forms,
- online theoretical exams,
- APPI organizes Workshops...

Using this process, APPI:
- certify pilot levels, from beginner to advanced pilot,
- certify pro levels (tandem pilots, instructors, master instructors...),
- certify schools.

D) APPI has control:
- APPI any member witnessed dangerous behaviour can send a complaint to APPI.
- In case of some pilots or instructors do not act properly regarding the air rules or APPI rules (teaching without certification, flying tandem dangerously, flying tandem with out of use gear, ....), APPI has a pedagogical committee that will investigate, try to make corrections and if impossible take sanctions.

See How to join APPI