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Pilot courses and certifications

Pilot courses

Pilot certifications

Rescue Packer

Certifies that the owner attended and successfully completed a course about how to recognize, control, pack and install different models of rescue and in various kinds of paragliding harness.

XC

Cross Country Pilots are pilots who want who have better skills in thermaling and distance flying. APPI 3 solo pilots can participate in this course, targets are different upon to the instructor’s supervision and students level.
To attend this course, it is recommended to have at least the basic siv certification.

Performance

Performance Pilots are pilots who want to improve distance flying skills with a high level of safety. Both APPI pilots and Advanced Pilots can participate in this course.
The goals vary, according to the instructor’s supervision and student’s level.

SIV and advanced SIV

Get to know the glider’s limits and learn to avoid and recover from flights incidents.
This safety training is given over the water by a SIV certified instructor.

Handi-friend

Certifies that the pilot attended a course to take care of disabled pilots or passengers, on a wide range of possible flying activities. This includes ability to help paraplegic pilots take off with wheel chair (pusher), assist handifly tandem pilot while operating with their specific passengers.

Acro and D-bag

APPI Acro courses are designed for Pilots who intend to learn and progress in special techniques of acrobatic flights. Courses are given over the water by an APPI acro instructor.

Mini wing

Certifies that the pilot attended succesfully a course about flying with a mini-wing type paraglider. Miniwing flying is defined by a load in excess of 5kg/m2 flat area.

Speed ride

Certifies that the pilot attended succesfully a speed riding course. Speed riding is about how to ski on snow flying a glider loaded in excess of 5kg/m2 flat area.

Technical certifications

First Aid

First aid certificate issued by the International Red Cross, Red Crescent or equivalent.

Inspection & Maintenance Expert

This certification shows that its owner masters a wide range of techniques to inspect glider, harness, reserve and other accessories. He is able to decide if they are airworthy or not.
Lines:
He is able to rig a wing, produce lines using splicing technique, change lines, check and adjust the trim of a glider.
Evaluate the breaking strength of the lines.
Glider:
Evaluate the aging of the cloth, make minor repairs.
Harness:
Check harness ageing.
Rescue:
Inspect, pack and install different models of rescue and in various kinds of paragliding harness.
Tools:
Masters the use of various tools: VLS, Vorner, Betsometer, Porosimeter, Breaking Strength Controller, as well as basic techniques to achieve a proper evaluation of the airworthiness of paraglider gear.

Winch technician

Certifies that the owner is able to operate, clean and repair a winch and is able to winch to tow paragliders.