Pro Tandem

The Pro Tandem qualification is designed to produce tandem pilots with solid tandem skills and experience. They operate in a professional manner in any way, and among other points, they are able to work efficiently with a high safety level….

A - Prerequisites

To present the APPI professional tandem pilot exam, a tandem pilot must:

Be certified as a non-commercial tandem pilot for at least one year
show proof of a minimum number of 100 tandem flights as a pilot.

B - Examination

This exam is given by a master plus another instructor or master (double validation).

- Theoretical exam
50 questions with 80% success.

- Practical exam
Maintenance glider trim control.
Flight exam based on professional tandem operating.
* Passenger care and attention.
* Briefings and procedures mastered (written).
* Efficiency: time between “passenger intake_glider in the bag”, and “ready to take off”, less than 10mn.
* Master direct and reverse takeoff techniques.
* Operational over a wide range of loads and conditions.
* Management and use of the camera (goPro stick).
* Safety management on takeoff, in flight, and landing.
* Excellent technique for glider visual control, acceleration, trajectory control.
* Excellent technique in takeoff exit, specially for getting passenger into harness while keeping piloting.

Two flights in tandem, 2 inverted turn 25 sec glider stabilized, 2 turn same direction 20 sec glider stabilized, one fast descent technique, U-shape approach, min 4 sec straight final, land two times on foot in 30m diameter target.

One joker flight possible in case of a fail on timed maneuvers or accuracy
if there is a fail in the safety procedure, the exam is over.
If the instructor judges an action is dangerous (on take off, at landing or uncontrolled maneuvers) he will cancel the exam.

C - Prerogatives

Upon APPI standards, APPI pro tandem pilot is capable of commercial tandem activity, with efficiency and a high level of safety.

D - Evolution

The APPI pro tandem pilot can then pass the following certifications: handifly, SIV tandem, and get advanced tandem certification (necessary to fly XC), and group leader.

E - APPI rules

- No acro in tandem above ground.
- No acro in tandem above water below 200m/surface.
- Acro in tandem above water above 200m allowed if glider is 10G certified, 2 emergency parachute or one Rogallo type, rescue team ready,
- Acro is wing > 90°, stall, spin, sat, spiral deeper -8m:s.
- In emergency situation any mean to go down is allowed,
- Special authorization to fly acro above ground can be given by a master under his responsibility.
XC in tandem
- Is allowed with non commercial or pro qualification, it requires tandem siv certification + solo perfo certification.

APPI pro tandem pilot
- Carry certified emergency parachute except for dynamic soaring < 50m AGL and “walk and fly”.
- Certified harness.
- Tandem gear in good state.
- Third party liability insurance mandatory if available.
- Accident report in APPI system when involved.
- Flight certificate to passengers (mandatory: pilot’s name and APPI number, APPI logo and website adress).
- Respect rules and regulations of the countries he is flying in (working laws).
- Expect to act in an exemplary manner (value of example).
- Freely welcome visiting APPI pilots.

F - Skills validation

A tandem pilot that is not an APPI member may ask for recognition of his skills. The process consists in attending a 5 days Pro-workshop and take the exams at the end of the workshop. To qualify as an APPI pro tandem pilot, they should provide proof of:
- a minimum of 150 tandem flights as a pilot, 3 years of paragliding experience, one year tandem operating,
- first aid certificate,
- proof of advanced SIV (video),
- mandatory maneuvers:
- pitch control on dynamic spiral exit,
- side collapse, autorotation and recovery,
- stall, backfly, recovery,
- spin min 180° + recovery,
- deep spiral damped exit.
If the master in charge has any doubt about practical skills, he might ask for a solo flight demo prior to any tandem flight.
Tasks: clean take off with safety check, 2x360 exit on axis in less than 15 sec glider stabilized, pitch and pitch control, landing with 4 sec minimum straight final in a 15m diameter target.

Upon the result of the exam, if not failed, the master instructor in charge may validate non commercial tandem pilot status “pending” or “validated”, or APPI pro tandem pilot.

Tandem pilots with Swiss of French tandem certification, please contact secretary for simplified procedure.

Related documents:

  1. APPI pro Logbook
  2. APPI Tandem Exam

When validating an APPI level, the APPI instructor is responsible to ensure that the student can perform all the required tasks for the APPI level certification. The instructors decisions are final with no right of appeal.
APPI certification awarded to a pilot is internal to the APPI organization and shows no particular right in the country where the activity is done unless APPI certification is recognized by local authorities. check with them if such an agreement exists.

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