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Newsletter in English - April 2018

April 2018
1) APPI General Assembly of April 29, 2018
2) Hot APPI news
3) APPI workshop in Kosovo, March 2018
4) PPG report
5) Upcoming APPI workshops and courses

Bruce Goldsmith president of APPI1) APPI General Assembly of April 29, 2018

It was mainly discussed the progress already made by APPI during the current year, relationships being discussed with different federations and local authorities, actions to be taken to improve the growth of APPI, as well as APPI insurance.

The report is available on the website for affiliated members.

The new executive board of APPI has been elected for 2 years. It is composed of Bruce Goldsmith as president, Alex Ledger as secretary and Christian Nougaret as treasurer.

Congratulations to the well-known Bruce Goldsmith as President of APPI.

2) Hot APPI news

- New APPI address in Switzerland:
APPI International, MSA - 41A route des Jeunes 1227 Carouge SWITZERLAND

- Exam questions translated in more languages
Now the exam questions for paragliding are translated in French Spanish, Russian and Albanian, then soon in Turkish and Greek.
These for PPG are available in Italian as well.

- APPI licenses printable from your APPI account
The licenses are now printable and valid for one year from the page of your APPI account, it includes the APPI 3rd party insurance for those who have subscribed.
It should be noted that for instructors with an APPI "in progress" license, the term TRAINEE APPI INSTRUCTOR is displayed on the license.

- New payment method for China.
Soon the UnionPay cards will be available for paying on the APPI website. This payment method is mainly used in China

3) APPI pro-workshop in Kosovo, March 2018

At the workshop took part 23 participants from: Kosovo, Albania, Serbia, Turkey, France and Taiwan. It was conducted by Mendo Veljanovski, master instructor and Roland Dorozhani, instructor. The workshop was supported by CAA of Kosovo.

Participants fully focused to meet APPI standards and new knowledge.

Theory lessons took place at the conference room of the OK hotel, equipped by projector and whiteboard. Only 5 participants needed Albanian translation which was well done by simultaneous translation from English.

Every unit was prepared as a presentation with drawings and videos in Power Point. It was asked a feedback for every single topic and explained at the whiteboard. The legislation was presented by a representative of CAA of Kosovo.

Having experience from previous workshops, the participants were told that the only way of reaching their expected level is to meet APPI standards. Having that in mind, we allowed them one afternoon practicing how to trim their gliders and one afternoon practicing preparing instructor’s session.

Suitable weather conditions allowed two runs and one joker run for tandem exams and two runs for instructor practical checking.
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4) PPG news

APPI PPG & ParaTrike has continued to follow a steady development through the running of Instructor Workshops around the world. In February 2018 we ran a two week Instructor Workshop with RASAT, the Royal Air Sports Association of Thailand. This was organised by Dr Nayot, the FAI/CIMA representative for Thailand and during this course we discussed the issues with Paramotor and ParaTrike competitions as there have been an increased number of accidents. Present at the workshop were two Spanish Instructors, David
Graupera and Armand Rubiella, both of whom attained the APPI PPG & ParaTrike Master Instructor qualification. During a meeting attended by myself, David, Armand and Dr Nayot we had the idea of developing an APPI PPG &
ParaTrike Training System for Classic and Slalom competition pilots in order to increase the pilot’s knowledge, skills and ultimately their safety. These Training Systems are currently being developed by the APPI PPG & ParaTrike
Committee with the intention of explaining their importance at the FAI/CIMA AGM. At the time of writing we have the support of the Thailand and Brazilian FAI/CIMA representatives and plan to approach representatives from other
countries at the World Paramotor Championships currently taking place in Thailand.

We are fortunate to have some excellent Master Instructors around which the Association is being built one step at a time. Without these people APPI PPG & ParaTrike would not be in the position it is today with a solid reputation for the promotion of safety and professionalism. RASAT set a precedent by
commissioning the APPI PPG & ParaTrike Instructor workshop and this has led to other National Air Sports associations expressing interest in adopting the APPI PPG & ParaTrike Training Systems, most recently the Indian Air Sports association. With this in mind an Executive Summary was created which explains more about APPI PPG & ParaTrike.

Our focus in 2018 is as follows:
1. Develop the Competition Training Systems
2. Explain the importance of these Training Systems and how they increase pilot’s safety at the FAI/CIMA AGM
3. Research and develop a Paramotor Wing testing system in partnership with Jordi Marquillas
4. Run more APPI PPG & ParaTrike Instructor Workshops
5. Develop digital Training Log Books

In 2020 APPI PPG & ParaTrike will be putting in place some new Rules and Regulations for Professional Members. All Instructors will need to sit a refresher Instructor Workshop every 5 years and in order to stay current they will have to train and qualify at least 10 students a year. This new rule will come into effect in January 2020, giving existing APPI PPG & ParaTrike Instructors who have sat a Workshop prior to 2015 one and half years to organise another one. The reason for this due to the constant evolution of the APPI PPG & ParaTrike Training Systems. It brings us inline with existing APPI Paragliding Rules and Regulations.
For any questions contact secretary-ppg@appifly.org

5) Upcoming APPI workshops and courses

- APPI Paragliding Pro-course in France, Rotherens, given in English by Alex Ciuhandu, June 25 to July 2, 2018.
Theoretical and practical course for paragliding tandem pilots.
For more information and registration, contact Alex Ciuhandu.

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

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