Rules and Regulations


GENERAL RULES

  • Your paragliding activity (solo, tandem, instruction) must comply with the laws of the country in which it is performed.
  • As an APPI Member, one should be familiar with paragliding related legislation and protocols specific to one’s region.
  • APPI certification is internal to APPI, it does not give any authorization or permit in any country, excepting specific settlement with local paragliding federation.
  • Exhibit common honesty in one’s APPI-related activities.
  • Do not use drugs or alcohol before or during paragliding activities which jeopardizes safety.
  • It is obligatory to use helmets certified for airsports EN 966.
  • It is obligatory to use reserves that are certified, of the correct weight range and are less than 10 years old.
  • It is obligatory to complete the requirements on each pilots level. Click here for more information.
  • As instructor, it is compulsory to register on the APPI site any accidents occurring during my courses or related to my students when I had knowledge.
  • We ask to the tandem pilots engaged in commercial operations, to deliver a flight certificate to their passenger. Affiliated members can download the APPI flight certificate here and change if you want to add the logo of your school. We noticed that the issuance of this certificate has greatly increased school attendance that deliver it.
  • 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.
  • The annual membership fee to the association cannot be subject to refund.

REGISTRATION OF MEMBERS

  • APPI Masters and Instructors might register new members and Instructors by approval in the respective courses or by equivalence.
  • APPI Masters and Instructors are not permitted to claim the APPI membership charge is higher than the fixed fee charged by APPI (plus any bank charges). If, however, APPI Masters spend time initiating the new member into the APPI System (e.g. how to register students online & how to use APPI Manuals and evaluation forms), this time can be charged for at a rate decided upon by the APPI Master.
  • The fees of the course is belong to the school
  • The fees for APPI registration and level validation is free, but if the school is paying the member fee for the pilot, the extra charges cannot exceed 20 Euros.

*Not respecting the registration of a member is considered a violation of APPI rules and regulation.

For more information about registration rules:

REGISTRATION OF SCHOOL

  • The APPI registered schools have to display the APPI logo including a link to APPI website on the main page of the school website.
  • Do not use the term "APPI school" in the school name as registered on the website (can lead to confusion about the role of the school in the APPI system). Instead use the real name of your school.

COMPLAINTS

  • One can submit any complaint in relation with any APPI member, APPI school or even APPI.
  • APPI Members must report in writing all violations of APPI Standards that they witness personally, do not report rumors or supposition. Be specific and provide as much detail as possible. Keep in mind that APPI monitors enforces APPI Training Standards and has no jurisdiction beyond the context of APPI - related activities.
  • The information provided is confidential. However, some aspects may be waived to allow for a more thorough inquiry. It is possible that the complainant’s name may be released at APPI’s sole discretion in the course of due process.
  • After three complaints, the account of member concerned is automatically and temporarily suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation by the APPI board or by the APPI pedagogical committee.
  • If an APPI pilot do not meet the requirements of his certification, a complaint must be done to APPI website, and following procedures to the instructor bounded with the pilot’s license number.

USING CHAT or FORUM MESSAGES

  • It is prohibited to broadcast injurious, racist, pornographic, libelous or pedophile content

CLOSE APPI ACCOUNT

  • To close your APPI account, please send the request to APPI secretary.
    Only the owner of the account can ask to be deleted.
    The request has to be accompanied by an explanation.
  • On request from instructor, a member can be deleted after confirmation of the member, or complaint and inquiry by an APPI administrator.

CANCELED STATUS

  • APPI Members who, as a result of a Quality Assurance decision (or other reason), are required to complete retraining to maintain their APPI membership, yet fail to complete that training may have their APPI membership cancelled. This means that they are no longer APPI Members and cannot present themselves as APPI Members, teach APPI courses or certify APPI Pilots, or receive membership benefits.

BLACK LISTED STATUS

  • Black listed Status means that an APPI Membership has been invalidated. APPI Members may be Black listed, as a result of the pedagogical committee decision, when their conduct is deemed detrimental to the organization, for non-compliance with safety regulations, or any other important reason decided by the committee. A member who is Black listed cannot represent himself as an APPI Member, teach APPI courses or certify APPI pilots, and does not receive any membership benefits. The name of a Black Listed member is published on the APPI website.
  • Examples of actions that may result in Black listed include, but are not limited to:
    • Gross violations of APPI Standards that may jeopardize the safety of students in training.
    • Non-issuance of pilots certifications when all requirements for certification have been satisfactorily completed.
    • Transmission of information intentionally false or altered to APPI.
    • Financial irresponsibility in transacting business with APPI.
    • Unethical business or instructional activity.
    • Willfully and repeatedly violating APPI Standards and/or compromising the safety of students in training.
    • Wrongfully discrediting the APPI organization, officers, staff, and members.
    • Attempting to deliberately damage the APPI organization and APPI Members’ abilities to provide instructional programs or conduct business.
  • Not have, either during or prior to one’s professional membership with APPI, any criminal conviction involving abuse of a minor or an adult. The existence of any such criminal conviction on one’s part will be automatic grounds for denial or termination of APPI professional Membership. This Ethical Standard neither diminishes nor alters the effects or use of any other Ethical Standard by APPI Offices within Quality Management or membership review processes.

Privacy Policy

APPI is committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website members. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information. This policy governs, and is applicable to, your use of this website. The data collected will only be used for the purpose of IT user account administration within the association and will not be disclosed to any third party, except within the terms of the Act of Switzerland. Both electronic and paper records will be deleted / shredded soon after the account is closed.