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APPI 4 Progress

FAI ippi 4
APPI 4 progress rating is the proof that the pilot widened his level of autonomy. He shows a broader experience in terms of airtime, practices but also different environments. Even if APPI courses oriented to distance, freestyle or speed flying are open to APPI 3 pilots, it is an excellent step for a pilot to reinforce and validate his skills by reaching the APPI 4 level before moving on to more specific practices


To enroll in an APPI 4 progress course, an individual must: Be certified as an APPI 3 pilot or be holder of a rating equivalent to FAI IPPI 3. Be holder of both Dynamic Soaring and Thermalling certifications. 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 theoretical knowledge about weather, mechanics of flight, air-laws, piloting and equipment. Ability to assess dangerous situations and make good decisions. The mental part is about Risk management, self evaluation techniques and planning of the pilot’s own progression. In the field, ground handling skills are pushed to the next level, the pilot will learn how to master a flight, from weather analysis to performing flights on an unknown site independently with a good level of safety.


Pilots must have passed recently the APPI 3 pilot theoretical exam. Minimum experience: 50 flights, 30 hours on 3 different sites. those flights must be commented in the logbook. Practical evaluation is freely performed by an APPI instructor who assesses the maturity of the pilot and his level of authonomy in different environments.


APPI 4 Progress pilots can fly fully independently. Flying at different sites, APPI 4 Pilots are recommended to choose places where they can receive the assistance of fellow pilots. In any APPI School around the world, they will be welcomed by the APPI professional and get the essential information in order to fly the place safely.


Cross country and performance classes Freestyle and acro classes Speed flying Handifriend many options are available in the APPI system


APPI 4 Progress pilots. - Must carry certified emergency parachute for high flights. - Must report in APPI system of accident when involved. - Must contract a third party liability insurance if available. - Must respect the rules and regulations of the countries they flying in. - Must keep their logbook updated. 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 4 rating will automatically appear on their APPI licence.