APPI 1 Discover is the first degree in the APPI Education System. The students learn how to prepare, inflate and control the wing on the ground (Ground Handling) and have their first solo flight experience if the weather allows it. At this level, all activity is done under an Instructor’s supervision.
To enroll in an APPI 1 Discover Pilot course, an individual must have the minimum age in accordance with local rules (Federation/ Civil Aviation/ Army, etc), and have the authorization of a parent/guardian if of minor age.
The training includes basic theoretical knowledge about weather, flight mechanics, air-laws, piloting and equipment, mental state awareness and emotional control. On the field, emphasis will be put on ground handling tasks and essentiel safety procedures. High flights might be performed but are not necessary to obtain the rating.
To validate APPI 1 Discover pilot qualification, the students must: Attend a minimum 3 days course with a certified instructor. This includes a minimum of one day ground handling. Have completed the theoretical syllabus, ground handling and practical tasks described in the APPI logbook in the APPI 1 discover section.
APPI 1 rating is issued by an APPI profesional owner of at least APPI instructor rating, status "in progress"
APPI 1 discover pilot may only fly under instructor supervision with radio communication. During high flights they must carry certified emergency parachute.
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.
For citizens and residents of countries where free flight authority (NAC) recognizes officially APPI certifications and delegated to APPI the right to issue FAI IPPI level, the FAI stamp with IPPI 1 rating will automatically appear on their APPI licence.
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APPI is a Swiss non-profit independant organization that receives no financial support from governments or companies.
APPI provides a paragliding license based on a high quality of paragliding, and an education system that is recognised internationally among all APPI schools worldwide, and partner Associations and Federations.
APPI certifications awarded to a pilot is internal to the APPI system, and shows no particular right in the country where the activity is done, unless APPI is recognized by the legal authority managing free flight in that country. Your paragliding activity must comply with the laws of the country in which it is performed. Check with the local federation if such an agreement exists. In some countries, APPI is the official education system.