Pilot level qualifications

FAI IPPI 1

APPI 1 Discover Pilot is the first degree in the APPI Education System. The student learns how to prepare, inflate and control the wing on the ground (Ground Handling) and have his/her first solo flight experience. At this level, all activity is done under an Instructor’s supervision.

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FAI IPPI 2

APPI 2 Explore Pilot is a school pilot improving his skills and knowledge on his way to becoming an independent pilot. At the learning flying-site and under Instructor’s supervision, he is capable of flying from the take-off to the landing zone in stable weather conditions.

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FAI IPPI 3

APPI 3 Pilot is a student who has achieved the first step to become an Independent Pilot.
They are able to analyze different weather conditions, take the appropriate decision, and perform a safe flight without supervision at their learning flying site.
Flying at different sites, APPI Pilots are recommended to choose places where they can have the assistance of an APPI School.
In any APPI School around the world, they will be welcomed by the APPI professional and they will receive important information in order to fly safely.

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FAI IPPI 5

An APPI Advanced Pilot is a pilot with a wide range of skills and knowledge. He shows a solid experience. This qualification is the door for more advanced practices like tandem flying, and why not go Professional.

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Conversion to APPI Paramotor Pilot in 10 day course.

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Pilot level certifications

Thermalling certification means that the pilot has flown in mountainous areas, involving flight in thermal conditions.

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Dynamic Soaring certification means that the pilot has flown in dynamic soaring conditions involving flying in steady laminar wind.

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Winch certification means that the pilot has been taught how to use a winch system for take off.

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XC certification means that the pilot has acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to perform his first autonomous cross country flights.
Certification issued by an APPI XC instructor.

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FAI IPPI 5B

Perfo certification means that the pilot has acquired advanced knowledge and skills to perform ambitious cross country flights with a good safety level.
Certification issued by an APPI XC instructor.

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Mini Wing certification means that the pilot successfully attended a course about how to foot launch and land a small glider loaded in excess of 5kg/m2 flat area.
Certification issued by an APPI Instructor.

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Speed Riding certification means that the pilot attended successfully a speed riding course. Speed riding is about ski on snow while flying a small glider loaded in excess of 5kg/m2 flat area.
Certification issued by an APPI Speed riding Instructor.

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SIV and advanced SIV certifications means that the pilot has acquired basic or advanced piloting techniques according to APPI standards.
These certifications are issued by an APPI SIV instructor.

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FAI IPPI 5D

Acro means that the pilot has acquired specific skills in acrobatic flying.
D-bag means that the Acro pilot has acquired the specific technique to practice D-bag.
These certifications are issued by an APPI acro trainer.

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Handi-friend certification means that the pilot attended a course to take care of disabled pilots or passengers, on a wide range of possible flying activities.
Certification issued by an APPI handi instructor.

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FAI IPPI 4

Once the APPI3 pilot has completed at least 50 flights, 30 hours on 3 different sites and has both APPI dynamic soaring and APPI thermalling certification, he may contact an APPI instructor that will evaluate if his skills match with FAI SAFEPRO IPPI 4 requirements and philosophy, and if so validate his IPPI 4 level.

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Speed riding expert is a speed rider with a wide range of skills and knowledge. He shows a solid experience in speed riding as well as extended knowledge about snow risk analysis. This qualification allows to enter speed riding competitions and is the door to go Professional.

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