APPI Instructors have a high level of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Their pedagogical abilities in teaching paragliding make them a solid choice to learn paragliding from….
A - Prerequisites
Minimum 18 months after having gotten their qualification validated, the APPI assistant instructor may take the APPI instructor exam to validate APPI instructor qualification.
B - Examination
This exam is given by a master plus another instructor or master (double validation).
Exam is based on:
Theoretical knowledge judged on open questions to develop.
APPI system knowledge, and ability to use APPI system.
Glider trim control mastered.
Demonstration of tandem operation featuring perfect safety procedure and good technique.
Student guiding on take off and landing.
Theoretical session given to students.
Practical session prepared with APPI pedagogical tools and given to students on the field.
C - Prerogatives
APPI instructors can create an APPI school. It will appear on the APPI worldwide school red map.
Instructors can certify students inside the APPI system up to APPI 3 pilot.
With the double validation of another instructor, instructors can certify APPI 5 advanced pilot rating.
Instructors can teach tandem operating and certify APPI non commercial tandem pilot.
Assist APPI Master Instructors during formations and courses for any APPI certification.
D - Evolution
An APPI instructor can get additional specialties certification: XC instructor, sky guide, SIV instructor, acro and D bag trainer, speed ride instructor and handyfly instructor.
E - APPI Instructor duties
Register their student in APPI system (if not, student is not covered by your instructor’s insurance).
Give an APPI logbook to your student.
Gliders used for school should be in good state and adapted to student’s skills and morphology.
Contract a third party liability pro insurance if available.
Inform student about benefits to contract a liability insurance and risks to fly without(if applies).
Follow the APPI education system and validate students steps in their logbook.
Validate student qualifications according to APPI standarts.
Report in APPI system any accident when involved or student involved;
Respect rules and regulations of the countries he is flying and teaching (working laws).
Act in an exemplary manner (value of example).
Free welcome visiting APPI pilot.
F - Skills validation
A paragliding instructor that is not APPI member may ask recognition of his skills. The process consists of attending a 10-12 days Pro-workshop and take the exams at the end of the workshop. To qualify as an APPI instructor, the student should provide proof of:
a minimum of 4 years paragliding activity,
a minimum of 40 tandem flights as pilot,
a minimum of 15 students taught from first flights to first autonomy (IPPI 3),
first aid certificate,
proof of advanced SIV (video),
- pitch control on dynamic spiral exit,
- side collapse, autorotation and recovery,
- stall, backfly, recovery
- spin min 180° + recovery,
- deep spiral damped exit.
If the master in charge has any doubt about practical skills, they might ask for a demo solo flight prior any tandem flight.
Solo Tasks: clean take off with safety check, 2x360 exit on axis in less than 15 sec glider stabilized, pitch and pitch control, landing with 4 sec minimum straight final in a 15m diameter target.
Instructors with Swiss of French tandem certification, please contact secretary for simplified procedure.
- APPI Instructor Logbook
- APPI pilot logbook
- APPI tandem examination
- Instructor guiding student examination
- APPI Instructor Examination
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.