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APPI 3 Pilot

FAI IPPI 3

APPI Pilot is a student who has achieved the first step to becoming an Independent Pilot.
They are able to analyze different weather conditions, take the appropriate decisions, and perform a safe flight without supervision on their learning site.
Flying at different sites, APPI 3 Pilots are recommended to choose places where they can receive the assistance of an APPI School.
In any APPI School around the world, they will be welcomed by the APPI professional and they will receive important information in order to fly safely.

A - Prerequisites

To enroll in an APPI Solo Pilot course, an individual must:

  1. Be certified as an APPI 2 adventure pilot or have a qualifying certification from another training organization equivalent to FAI IPPI 2.
  2. Have the minimum age in accordance with local rules (Federation/ Civil Aviation/ Army, etc), and have the authorization of a parent/guardian if of minor age.

B - Training

The training includes theoretical knowledge about weather, mechanics of flight, air-laws, piloting and equipment. Ability to assess dangerous situations and make good decisions.

The mental part is about Risk management, self evaluation techniques and planning of the student’s own progression.

In the field, ground handling skills are pushed to the next level, the student will learn how to master a flight, from weather analysis to performing high flights on his learning site independently with a high level of safety.

C - Qualification

To validate APPI 3 pilot qualification, the student must:

- Have completed a minimum of 15 days course in total.
- Have Completed the theoretical, ground handling and practical tasks described in the APPI logbook in the APPI 3 pilot section.
- Have logged a minimum of 30 high flights under instructor’s supervision (signed in the logbook).
- Have at least one certification (Alpine thermalling, Ridge soaring or Winch) validated.
- Have passed the APPI pilot practical exam.
- Have passed the APPI pilot theoretical exam.

D- Prerogatives

According to APPI rules, APPI3 Pilot can fly fully independently at his learning flying site.
Flying at different sites, APPI 3 Pilots are recommended to choose places where they can receive the assistance of an APPI School.
In any APPI School around the world, they will be welcomed by the APPI professional and they will receive important information in order to fly safely.

E- APPI Rules

- According to APPI rules, APPI 3 Pilot.
- Must carry certified emergency parachute for high flights.
- Must report in APPI system of accident when involved.
- Must contract a third party liability insurance if available.
- Must respect the rules and regulations of the countries he is flying in.
- Must keep his logbook updated.

F - FAI SAFEPRO IPPI 4

Once the APPI3 pilot has completed at least 50 flights, 30 hours on 3 different sites and has both APPI ridge soaring and APPI alpine thermalling certification, he may contact an APPI instructor that will evaluate if his skills match with FAI SAFEPRO IPPI 4 requirements and philosophy, and if so validate his IPPI 4 level.

When validating an APPI level, the APPI instructor is responsible to ensure that the student can perform all the required tasks for the APPI level certification. The instructors decisions are final with no right of appeal..
APPI certification awarded to a pilot is internal to the APPI organization and shows no particular right in the country where the activity is done unless APPI certification is recognized by local authorities. check with them if such an agreement exists

Additional certifications

ALPINE
APPI 3 Pilot with ALPINE certification has completed his formation course in one area of mountain valley wind and thermals. He has a minimum of 10 flights in thermal conditions and he can land using U-shape approach.

SOARING
APPI3 Pilot with SOARING certification has completed his formation course in one area of ridge dynamic soaring. He can take off in relatively strong wind and top land.

WINCH
APPI3 Pilot with Winch certification means the pilot has completed his formation course using winch system. He masters the winch safety procedures.

When validating an APPI level, the APPI instructor is responsible to ensure that the student can perform all the required tasks for the APPI level certification. The instructors decisions are final with no right of appeal..

Related documents:

  1. APPI Contact Evaluation Form
  2. APPI 3 Pilot qualification requirements
  3. APPI Logbook for Solo Pilot

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