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Newsletter in English - January 2017

January 2017
1) Summary of the year 2016
2) Hot APPI news
3) Partnership between APPI and FAI
4) PPG news
5) Upcoming APPI workshops and events

1) Summary of the year 2016

APPI new year

We wish all our members a lot of fun flying for 2017.

The year 2016 was great for APPI, with many important advances for us and our members:
- Implementation of APPI insurance for paragliding,
- 7 APPI paragliding pro-workshops performed in India, Greece, Russia, USA, Dominican republic, Iran and Mexico,
- 20% increasing the number of our members,
- partnership with FAI,
- renew of the logbook and pilot levels requirements,
- updating all exam questions for paragliding (coming soon online),
- partnership between APPI PPG and Pascal Vallée, as part of "Adventure SAS".

Next year we will be working on improving the website so that it is more easily accessible to non-regulars and that it adapts for using on smartphones or tablets.

2) Hot APPI news

- APPI Insurance.
We remind you that the APPI Insurance is available for European community and Swiss residents, as well as European community and Swiss citizens even if they live abroad and very soon for the nationals and Turkish residents.
It is the responsibility of ​all instructors to promote APPI third party liability insurance for leisure pilots (the cost is only 40 euros/year for worldwide coverage up to 1,600,000 Euros !) and explain to pilots the risks of flying without liability insurance.
We recommend to all APPI instructors to contact leisure pilots around you, validate their level in the APPI rating system by having them pass the theoretical and practical tests, and so they will have access to the insurance.

- Avoid using yahoo mail.
Due to an excessive spam control, many messages sent to a yahoo or ymail email address are lost!
Moreover yahoo is not concerned with the security of its users, and repeatedly this messaging was hacked, and the data of the users were sold illegally.
We recommend our users to stop using yahoo messaging and instead use protonmail which is highly secure with all user data protected by strict Swiss privacy laws.
The personal information of our members is important to us, and we do our best to ensure that they are protected.

- APPI Paragliding Pedagogical Committee notice.
Following a decision of the pedagogical committee to ensure consistency in the APPI system, and at the request of our insurance company, APPI instructors and tandem pilots that were validated through equivalence in the early years of APPI must attend a pro workshop before the end of 2017.
Pro workshop is also the standard procedure for all experienced pilots wishing to get an APPI tandem or instructor rating (minimum experience : 2 years tandem/instructor activity, 150 tandem flights for tandem, 15 students for instructor).
These pro-workshops are the opportunity to share the latest knowledge about gear aging, paraglider design and
​the implications on piloting, safety procedures, teaching tools and methods.
The pro-workshops schedule can be found here.
The deadline for this operation is end of 2017. Instructors and tandem pilots that have not been checked and validated thru a pro-workshop by then will temporarily lose their pro-certification until being checked.

3) Partnership between APPI and FAI

FAIIt is now one year that APPI and FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale or World Air Sports Federation) have been working together to renew the FAI parapro system, the system used for FAI IPPI card (International Pilot Proficiency Identification Card).

A working group was created, APPI was invited to be part of the team, and the new parapro system (called safepro) will soon be released. It will be easy to establish clear equivalence between APPI certifications and SAFEPRO.

Because of this, CIVL (Commission Internationale de Vol Libre or Hang gliding and paragliding commission) has decided to allow APPI to begin issuing FAI IPPI cards for certain countries.

This process will begin in Mexico. Starting January 1st 2017, APPI will be allowed to issue IPPI cards for Mexican pilots. The APPI card will include the FAI logo and IPPI level.

As this relationship between APPI and FAI develops in the future, it will be implemented on a country by country basis.

This is a big step forward for APPI. It is the result of the Pedagogical committees hard work and highlights the trust and credibility developed through the collaboration on the safepro system. We would Like to thank the FAI for the opportunity to help develop and promote paragliding safety standards worldwide.

4) PPG news


We are pleased to announce the partnership between APPI PPG and Pascal Vallée. Pascal is part of "Adventure SAS" which manufactures Paramotors and ParaTrikes and has a network of 30 schools operating in France, Belgium and Holland. These schools are mostly affiliated to the FFPLUM (Fédération française d’ULM) system however the APPI PPG system is the best way for them to train and qualify instructors outside of France.

Pascal Vallée is a well known PPG champion and now an APPI PPG master instructor. As the link between APPI PPG and the Adventure network he will issue APPI PPG licenses to their existing schools while training new instructors and pilots around the world.

Below the interview of Pascal.

1. What is your background in Paramotoring?
I discovered the flight in 2005, before that I was in a motorcycle world. I started flying in 2005 and I getting my Paramotor and paragliding licence in 2006. Immediatly I was interested by the competition (I was competitor to in motorcycle). I was a competitor during 8 years and winned many competition : UK, Belgium, French and became word champion in 2012. In 2007 I started to tech in France has an instructor paramotor but I needed more knowledge and in the french system it was not possible! So I decided to start learning about FFVL (Fédération Française de Vol Libre or French Federation of Free Flight) and paragliding french world. I got my licence pilote confirmed in 2009 and monitor in 2010. Since 2009 I’m specialized in Advanced masterclass for paramotor. I also work for Adventure Paramotor has a pilot test for the wing and for the french paramotor Federation FFPLUM has a team leader for the french competition team.


2. What discipline do you currently specialise in?
My discipline now is the advanced masterclass courses. I teach about 15 masterclass per year mostly in France and sometime in Foreign country.

3. What do you think is required to help the sport grow around the world?
For me there is 3 axes for developing our sport, we must :
- promot the hight level in competition,
- find solution to interest most young pilot in our sport,
- working for improve the quality of training (beginner, advanced pilot and instructor) and knowledges in paramotor world.

4. What interests you about APPI PPG and how do you think you can help with its development?
I’m interested about APPI because it is the only solution that deals with training in a global way. French system is good but there is too much barrier preventing it from evolving and improving the quality of training. APPI is really more simple.
I think I can help APPI PPG system by my experience in paramotor teaching because I work since many year with 30 instructor in France through Adventure Paramotor network.

5. Afterwards please write a brief explanation about the courses you run and how people can contact you while submitting some photos.
Students can contact me through my website where all the technical information is present. The calendar of the masterclass is posted online in February for the year. The courses may run until the end of the year. Usualy the courses last 2 maximum 3 days.

5) Upcoming APPI workshops

- APPI Pro-workshop in USA, Salt Lake City, Utah, given in English by Dale Covington and Manu Bonte, April 1st to 10th, 2017.
This intensive workshop will be a mix of classroom and field practice, and will include three sections:
A 3 day theory segment open to all interested pilots, a 2 day Tandem clinic open to current tandem pilots, and a 2 day theory course for instructors already certified thru USHPA. There will also be 2 days of practical evaluations for the tandem and instructor segments. Interested tandem pilots and instructors can qualify for their APPI tandem and instructor ratings through this course. While the opportunity to get an APPI rating from this workshop is a great benefit, the biggest benefit will be the comprehensive education and current knowledge provided.
For more information and registration, contact Dale Covington.

- APPI Pro-workshop in Greece, Mount Olympus, given in English by Asterios Makrovasilis, April 1-10, 2017.
Theory course for paragliding advanced pilots, tandem pilots & instructors pro-workshop.
For more information and registration, contact Asterios Makrovasilis.

- More workshops are being prepared in many other countries, the location and date are not yet settled.
Watch this page regularly to see paragliding workshops planned.

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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