APPI & Local Laws

Important Information to uphold APPI procedures:

APPI certification awarded to a pilot is internal to the APPI system, and shows no particular right in the country where the activity is done, unless APPI is recognized by the legal authority managing free flight in that country. Check with the local federation if such an agreement exists.

Your paragliding activity (solo, tandem, instruction) must comply with the laws of the country in which it is performed.

APPI strongly recommends its members to be insured to paraglide, and in case of an accident, APPI does not accept any liability.

All EU Schools and EU tandem pilots must hold Third Party Liability Insurance.

Complementary info for any Association, Federation or Club:

APPI is an independent International organization set up to promote, help, and develop an education system for aerial sports.
APPI exists to support the work of instructors and connect pilots and schools all around the world.

APPI support all organizations which promote safe paragliding.

Usually all APPI Instructors are also Instructors from their local system, Federation, Government, Association or Club (if existing).

APPI Instructors are the connection for any APPI pilot traveling to fly under the local rules and regulations.
APPI Instructors are using APPI to register students and validate different levels and specialties to APPI international standard.
APPI ask these instructors to have legal permits and local instructor license (if any) to teach in a country.
As an instructor of the local system, APPI Instructor validates these students in the local system.

APPI does not promote competition, as APPI does not represent any country. To join competitions, or represent one country, it is the role of the National FAI organization.

APPI traveling pilots are requested to meet with a local APPI instructor.
The APPI instructor will help the pilot to understand and follow the local rules.

All APPI schools guarantee one welcome free day for any traveling fully qualified APPI pilot

(Free supervision and Flying site presentation), APPI instructor will validate the pilot to fly on the site, or recommend further training to the pilot if the instructor feels they do not meet the necessary requirement.

If the APPI pilot is qualified Alpine but not Soaring or vice versa then the APPI school will propose training to the required level.