Newsletter in English - April 2016


APPINEWS
April 2016
SUMMARY :
1) Various APPI infos
2) PPG News
3) Changes in the APPI Education System
4) Some upcoming Paragliding events and courses

1) Various APPI infos

APPI solo pilot logbook

- Following the Educational System amendments, the APPI paragliding solo pilot logbook has major changes, and will be soon available. We advise those who wish to print to wait for the new version. The new logbook will be printed and subsequently offered for sale on our website, single copies available for pilots, or multiple copies for instructors.

- We remind you that following the request of our insurance company, APPI instructors and tandem pilots that have been validated by equivalence of a qualification issued by a federation or a local authority have to attend an APPI pro-workshop. These pro workshops are the opportunity to share the latest knowledge about gear aging, paraglider design and its implications on piloting, safety procedures, pedagogical tools and methods. The scheduled pro-workshops for the next 6 months can be found here. Dead line of this operation is end of 2017. Instructors and tandem pilots that have not been checked and validated thru a pro-workshop by then will temporary lose their pro-certification until being checked.

APPI pro certified

For Swiss and French tandem pilots and instructors validation, there is a light procedure based on knowledge of the APPI education system and APPI rules.

The stamp "APPI PRO certified" appears on the profile of Tandem pilots and Instructors certified during an APPI pro-workshop.

- Notice to SIV instructors and SIV masters:
In the new update of APPI Paragliding Education System, you can validate a SIV certification of any of your students into the APPI system. This is possible even if they are not APPI members yet, and not APPI pilot certified. So dont miss this oportunity to give your students a certification that will allow them to keep on progressing in any APPI schools around the world!
(Some courses, certifications or qualifications need SIV or advanced SIV validated).

- Instructors and tandem pilots that have not paid their annual membership fee will not have their school visible in the list of APPI schools. Our only resources are the membership fees of our members, and the sum of 27 Euros per year for an instructor or a school is very minimal. We rely on your commitment.

2) PPG News

The next APPI PPG Instructor course will take place at Skydive Fermo near Ancona in Italy from 10th - 17th April.
Slots are still available!
For further information contact: secretary-ppg@appifly.org.

APPI Education System

APPI PPG Founder and Secretary Alex Ledger caught up with ex-Paramotor World Champion Ramon Morillas to discuss the development of the popular yet controversial discipline of Slalom Flying.

You can find all of this interview on APPI PPG website.

APPI Education System

3) Changes in the APPI Education System

From today, the new APPI Paragliding Education System determined by the APPI Paragliding pedagogical committee is effective. Some unused qualifications were deleted, others have merged in order to make the educational system easier to understand and use. Generally, all professional qualifications must be validated by instructors or masters that have been certified during an APPI workshop.

Here are the qualifications that have been modified:
- Removing of Fly guide, Tandem instructor, Perfo trainer, Parahawking instructor, Winch instructor, Mini-wing instructor, Parahawking master, Winch master, Mini-wing master, XC master, Perfo master and D-bag master.
- Merging of Acro trainer and D-bag trainer.
- Merging of SIV master and Acro master.
- To become Advanced pilot you need first to have the specialties Advanced SIV, XC, Soaring and Alpine pilot, validation by 2 instructors certified by workshop.
- XC specialty doesn’t need SIV, but recommended.
- Winch specialty now validated by instructor having the speciality Winch technician.
- Perfo pilot needs now SIV and XC specialties, validated by XC instructor.
- SIV specialty doesn’t need to be APPI pilot but recommended.
- Acro and D-bag pilots now validated by Acro & D-bag trainer.
- Mini-wing pilot now validated by instructor.
- Winch technician now validated by instructor having the specialty winch technician.
- Open Sky Tandem Pilot needs first to be Advanced pilot with First Aid Rescue specialty, validation by instructor certified by workshop.
- Tandem pilot must be validated by one master instructor and one instructor, both certified by workshop.
- Handifly tandem pilot is a new qualification for tandem pilots flying with disabled people, needs to be Open Sky Tandem Pilot, validation by Handifly master instructor certified by workshop.
- SIV tandem pilot now needs to be OSTP, validated by SIV instructor certified by workshop.
- Advanced tandem pilot needs first to be Open Sky Tandem Pilot with SIV specialty, validated by XC instructor certified by workshop.
- Assistant Instructor is now validated by Master instructor certified by workshop.
- Group leader needs to be first Tandem pilot, validated by Master instructor certified by workshop having the specialty XC instructor.
- APPI Instructor is now validated by one Master instructor and one Instructor, both certified by workshop.
- SIV instructor needs the specialty Rescue packer, validated by SIV & Acro Master instructor certified by workshop.
- Acro & D-bag trainer needs to be first SIV instructor, validated by SIV & Acro master instructor certified by workshop.
- Handifly instructor is now validated by Handifly master certified by workshop.
- XC instructor is now validated by master certified by workshop having the specialty XC instructor.
- Sky guide needs to be XC instructor, validated by master certified by workshop having the specialty XC instructor.
- Speed Ride instructor is now validated by Speed Ride master certified by workshop.
- SIV & Acro master needs to be first Master with Acro & D-bag trainer specialty, validated by Pedagogical Committee.
- Handifly master needs to be first master with Handifly instructor specialty, validated by Pedagogical Committee.

4) Some upcoming Paragliding events and courses

- APPI PPG will be running a Paramotor Instructor Pro-workshop in Thailand from the 23rd March to the 11th April with Alex Ledger and the school SkySchool Flight Centre.
For all enquiries please contact: secretary-ppg@appifly.org.

- APPI Pro-Workshop in India, Kamshet, 28th March/4th April 2016 with Avi Malik, Mathieu Abrard and Sabrina Thielen, with the collaboration of Temple Pilots Paragliding School.
More information and registration here.

- Paramotor & Trike course with Skydance, at the seaside of Mount Olympus in Greece, 27th March-17th April 2016, with Asterios Makrovasilis, and the collaboration of Olympic Wings school.
More information and registration here.

- SIV course in Guatemala at Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, 4-10 April 2016, with APPI Master Instructor Jorge A. Duque C. and the collaboration of AEROMAX Paragliding School (APPI Inst.Yankell Echeverría) and guided by FLYECUADOR Paragliding (Ecuador).
Open basic and advanced SIV course for Solo and Tandem pilots.
More info and inscriptions here or Phone +502 57074871, (whatsapp).

- APPI PPG Instructor course Skydive Fermo near Ancona, Italy, 10-17 April 2016.
Slots are still available.
For further information contact: secretary-ppg@appifly.org.

- APPI Pro-Workshop in Greece, Sikaminea, Mount Olympus area, 3-12 April 2016 with Asterios Makrovasilis and Manu Bonte, with the collaboration of Olympic Wings school.
More information and registration here or here.

- SIV course in Àger (la pobla de segur) on 10-14 April 2016 with Jordi Marquillas and the school Entrenúvols.
Course in English
For all enquiries, please click here.

- APPI Pro-Workshop in Russia, Verhniy Chegem, North Caucasus area, 1-10 May 2016 with Mendo Veljanovski and Dmitry Gusev, with the collaboration of Extreme style school.
More information and registration here or here.

- XC seminar with Bruce Goldsmith, Asterios Makrovasilis and the school Olympic Wings in Greece, Mountain Olympus on 4-11 June 2016.
Come on our Flying Safari East to West Greece and fly with us the best XC mountains Olympus & Pindos directly after the XC seminar with Bruce – cross Greece from coast to coast!
XC seminar topics:
. Heaps of tips to help you climb fast and efficiently
. Psychological techniques to help you perform at your best
. In-depth guides to flying the flatlands and mountains
. Advice to keep you safe while flying near clouds and terrain
. Skills and tactics to help you fly bigger cross country distances
. Straight-forward illustrations to help you maximize flying conditions
. Simple explanations of diverse wind and thermal flow patterns and structures
. Insights into paragliding design. What does the modern design features mean to the XC pilot
For more infos, click here.

- SIV course in Ölüdeniz, Turkey on 19-31 May 2016 with Mohammad Razeghi and the school ParsSky.
More information here.

- APPI Pro-Workshop in USA, 21-30 May 2016.
With Dale Covington and Manu Bonte, with the collaboration of Big Sky Paragliding School.
More information and registration: secretary@appifly.org.

- APPI Pro-Workshop in Dominican Republic, Jarabacoa, 1-9 June 2016 with Manu Bonte and the collaboration of Jarabacoa-Palo Blanco school.
Given in Spanish.
More information and registration: Jose Luis Moronta, hawkparagliding@gmail.com.

- VI Paramotor Concentracion, Islas del Mediterraneo, 13-17 July 2016 at Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza y Formentera.
More information here.

If you organize or know any paragliding & paramotor festival or meeting, give us this info to share this with APPI community.

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