XC Instructor

Cross Country Specialists are APPI Instructors and experienced pilot educators who have top skills in cross country performance, able to conduct a range of APPI programs and courses from basic to advanced levels. Cross Country Specialist Instructor are expert in expeditions, thermals and flying techniques in long distance flights.

Prerequisites/ Course Contents/ Obligation

  1. Be certified as an Instructor for at least one year, with APPI or with another paragliding training organization.
  2. Have completed a minimum of 25 APPI Solo Pilot formations.
  3. Present Cross Country Certification, minimum 2 cross country 25 km and listing of challenge (see cross country instructor’s form).
  4. Be approved on Practical and Audition Exams, which means to give one full Cross Country course to real students, under one Master Instructor’s supervision.
  5. Submit documentation of any qualifying certifications by another paragliding training organization.
  6. If not an APPI Instructor, successfully complete an APPI Instructor course equivalence.

Training and Certification

The exams must have one Master Instructor (minimum) to validate the certification. Instructor candidates must satisfactorily complete all course performance requirements to be certified as APPI Cross Country Specialist Instructors.
To apply for certification, the certified Master Instructor (having the specialty XC instructor), submits on-line a completed and signed application, along with the required photo, application fee, and other qualifying certification documentation (if applicable). Upon approval of the application, APPI will issue an APPI Cross Country Instructor card.


Specialty Instructor status does not require separate renewal – they are renewed when APPI Instructors renew their membership annually.

Download documents:

  1. APPI Contact Evaluation Form

Pro Tandem Pilots/Instructors having the specialty XC instructor
Firstname Lastname Country Certification Website School
10170 Pablo Lopez AR-Argentina PG Master Instructor 2015 www.lopezsat.com Safety Acro Team (17)
10761 Ted Jenkins AU-Australia www.alpineparagliding.com Alpine Paragliding (41)
10137 Emil Kirilov BG-Bulgaria PG Master Instructor 2015 www.sky-camp.com Sky Camp Paragliding School (11)
10128 Herve Cerutti CH-Switzerland www.nendaz-parapente.ch Element Air (5)
10130 Marc Pugin CH-Switzerland www.gruyere-parapente.ch Gruyere Parapente (110)
10174 APPI Equivalence CH-Switzerland PG Master Instructor 2015 www.appifly.org APPI International (1)
11079 Alain Zoller CH-Switzerland www.siv-at.pro SIV Air Turquoise (204)
11485 Laurent Borella CH-Switzerland www.twistair.ch
11821 Linchao Yuan CN-China Lin Zhou Paragliding Club (117)
10675 Jorge A. Duque C. EC-Ecuador PG Master Instructor 2013 www.flyecuador.com.ec Flyecuador (33)
12784 Jorge Mora Arana EC-Ecuador PG Instructor 2013 Opeturmo S.A. (Parapente Montañita) (159)
10364 Carlos Gonzalez ES-Spain www.horizonte-vertical.net Horizonte Vertical (28)
11093 Raul Rodriguez ES-Spain Parapente Tropical Flight Centre (131)
11094 Felix Rodriguez ES-Spain
11469 Jordi Marquillas ES-Spain PG Master Instructor 2013 www.entrenuvols.com Entrenúvols (100)
10005 Mathieu Abrard FR-France PG Master Instructor 2014 misty fly (40)
10064 Sabrina Thielen FR-France PG Master Instructor 2014 misty fly (40)
10171 David Eyraud FR-France PG Instructor 2015 Paragliding School of Passagers du Vent (18)
10173 Stephane Henry FR-France PG Instructor 2015 www.haut-les-mains.fr Ecole Haut Les Mains (19)
10591 Stephane Leclezio FR-France www.ecole-parapente-pyrenees.com Air aventure Pyrenees (61)
10798 Armand Dard FR-France Cordill'air (69)
10914 Manu Bonte FR-France PG Master Instructor 2013 Flyinfrog (50)
11114 Francois xavier Lauri FR-France www.bourbonparapente.com Bourbon Parapente (52)
11218 Eric Argant FR-France www.argantair.fr Argant'Air (65)
11476 Fabien Blanco FR-France PG Instructor 2015 flyeo.com Flyeo (141)
11547 Serge BONIN FR-France www.wanderairs.com
13011 Bruce Goldsmith FR-France PG Master Instructor 2015 www.flybgd.com Bruce Goldsmith Instruction (156)
16360 Olivier Cotasson FR-France PG Instructor 2015
10003 Zabdi Keen GB-United Kingdom PG Master Instructor 2015 www.flyingfever.net Flying Fever Paragliding School (2)
10133 Alex Ledger GB-United Kingdom www.skyschooluk.com SkySchool Flight Centre (7)
10724 Asterios Makrovasilis GR-Greece PG Master Instructor 2015 www.paragliding.olympicwings.com Olympic Wings (36)
10006 Patrick TROUBET-LACOSTE HK-Hongkong PG Master Instructor 2016 Latroube Adventures (20)
10135 Avi Malik IN-India PG Master Instructor 2015 www.templepilots.com Temple Pilots Paragliding School (9)
10478 Debu Choudhury IN-India hi-fly.in Hi Fly (32)
10607 Mohammad Razeghi IR-Iran www.parsskyclub.com ParsSky (31)
11333 Shahin Fallah IR-Iran shahinfallah.blogfa.com Iran Paragliding School (84)
11174 Enrico Patuzzi IT-Italy www.flylibell.com Fly Nirvana Paragliding School (48)
10004 Mendo Veljanovski MK-Macedonia PG Master Instructor 2014 www.acromacedonia.com Acro Macedonia (3)
14372 Marko Hrgetic MX-Mexico PG Master Instructor 2015 www.paraglidingmexico.com Paragliding school Flumen (Escuela de Vuelo) (209)
10002 David Arrufat NP-Nepal PG Master Instructor 2014 www.paragliding-nepal.com Blue Sky Paragliding (21)
10062 Sano Babu Sunuwar NP-Nepal www.babuadventure.com Babu Adventures Paragliding School NEP (123)

Adam Hill NP-Nepal www.himalayan-paragliding.com Frontiers Paragliding (44)
14317 Dmitry Gusev RU-Russia PG Instructor 2015 www.extreme-style.ru Extreme Style (219)
11395 Murat Tuzer TR-Turkey PG Master Instructor 2015 www.skysports-turkey.com skysports paragliding (94)
11402 A. Onur ERTAS TR-Turkey PG Instructor 2015 www.skysports-turkey.com skysports paragliding (94)
11412 HASAN CANSIZ TR-Turkey PG Instructor 2015 www.skysports-turkey.com skysports paragliding (94)
12178 Zebur Mercan TR-Turkey SkySchool Oman (230)
10138 Dale Covington US-United States PG Master Instructor 2016 Www.flybigskypg.com Big Sky Paragliding School (12)
10926 Robert Sporrer US-United States www.eagleparagliding.com Eagle Paragliding (53)

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