What is APPI? International association of pilots and instructors


If lately you have been interested in learning to paragliding, chances are that on more than one occasion you have bencountered the acronym APPI, as they are of great importance to all pilots and to all people who are interested in the practice of paragliding.

The International Association of Pilots and Instructors APPI is of great importance due to the need to have a serious, professional and impartial certification that can respond to the needs of paragliding professionals.


The APPI stands for Association of Paragliding Pilots and Instructors.

As we can imagine by name, this association has the main objective of offering an international paragliding educational system that is responsible for providing quality, trust and professionalism. To achieve this goal, they currently have a presence in more than 50 countries and have more than 180 schools associated with more than 7,000 members.

One of the main features that we can highlight of the APPI is that it recognizes 5 levels of paragliding pilots, in addition to being responsible for the establishment of a constantly evolving curriculum to ensure that it is adapted to the new needs that are generated day by day.

Another feature worth noting is that it offers insurance to its members, which stands out for having worldwide coverage in most of its modalities. Thus, pilots and instructors can stay safe anywhere on the planet where they are flying.


In case you want to obtain the title of paragliding pilot, there are certain important aspects to consider. To begin with, you should know that there is a curriculum in paragliding schools, which has already been established and is fully functional.

However, in this regard it is also important to note that in many cases there is nobody that controls the quality of the content that is taught in learning programs.

Many of the courses taught in Spain are not really equivalent in their duration and in the quality of the content that is taught. Here, each autonomy has its own federation dedicated to air sports, which often results in quality levels not being the same everywhere.

The above scenario has made a big difference in the training that can be received in different parts of Spain and in the different countries of the world, causing that in many countries the training obtained in Spain is not recognized.

That’s why more and more paragliding schools are with APPI certifications  in order to regulate the quality of learning, making sure that skills and knowledge are the best. This data is recorded in an international database, obtaining validity in a large number of countries, as we mentioned above.

In this way, it is possible that any Paragliding pilot with APPI certification can fly in another country, being recognized as a professional pilot. Therefore, you can fly wherever you want without any problem, being able to continue your training in another country if you wish.

There is another rather important aspect that should not be overlooked, which is the fact that you can directly resume quality and safety in teaching, being able to be clear about the fact that it is professional and rigorous learning. On the other hand, you have the possibility to choose from more than 180 training centers for paragliding pilots in different countries of the world.

In this way, we can say that APPI is the institution that is responsible for providing high quality educational material and remains in direct communication with the world of paragliding and its evolution, as well as being up to date on new training techniques.

AppI’s international system has made it much easier to obtain a certification system for pilots that has international validity. That’s why people who are interested in obtaining a pilot’s or instructor’s license should undoubtedly look for a school that is APPI certified to ensure that they receive a quality education with international validity.

The APPI originated in Switzerland, which is one of the great capitals of international paragliding, but thanks to its professionalism it did not take long to start operating internationally, issuing licenses that have great international recognition among all associations and federations, thus homologating flight schools.

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