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Professional Association of Powered Paragliding Instructors | Get Certified 2017-12-20T19:47:27+00:00

Get Certified With PAPPI

Learning to fly a Paramotor is an exciting, fun and life-changing activity. One we believe that anyone should be able to experience.

The Professional Association of Powered Paraglider Instructors, Inc. (PAPPI) is a voluntary 501c3 non-profit membership organization comprised of dedicated and enthusiastic individuals, schools, and manufacturers who enjoy and support the sport of Powered Paragliding. One of our mission mandates is to promote safe Parmotoring through training, certification, and instructor qualification programs. Unlike other organizations, we do not base certifications on merely flight time. PAPPI has developed comprehensive frameworks and proprietary courses designed to truly advance your ability.

PAPPI Amateur Ratings

Basic PPG Pilot

Get your Powered Paraglider Pilot certification with the PAPPI Basic PPG Pilot course. To enroll in this course (or Junior PPG Pilot course), you must be 14 years old or older. You need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with Paramotor flying is required. The PAPPI Basic PPG Pilot course consists of three main phases:

  • Ground School, which is delivered online and in the classroom. It is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of basic PPG flying principles.
  • Practical Training, which is delivered on-site and includes kiting, simulator, and other hands-on skill sessions.
  • Solo Flight, where you're given the opportunity to use your skills to obtain personal flight!

Adventure PPG Pilot

The Adventure PPG Pilot course is a subset of the PAPPI Advanced PPG Pilot course. There's a long list of flying adventures you can take part in during this program, which is designed to introduce you to ways you can have fun with your Paramotor. Once you complete seven Flights (such as planned cross-country, wilderness trek, or high altitude flight) , you'll earn the Adventure PPG Pilot certification. This program is a fantastic opportunity for you to work with your instructor to build your piloting skills and gain more confidence with your rig.

Advanced PPG Pilot

Truly honing your skills is what the Advanced PPG Pilot course is all about. You don't already have to be an advanced pilot, the course is designed to advance your PPG piloting skills. You can actually begin this course immediately after completing your Basic PPG Pilot certification. During the course, you'll study online material, watch videos, and work with your instructor directly to expand your skills through different Adventure Flights. You'll try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PAPPI Instructor. You log flights and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun Paramotoring.

Speciality PPG Pilot

One of the things that truly makes PAPPI unique and special among Paramotoring organizations world-wide is the fact that our programs build on each other to provide PPG pilots with the opportunity to truly advance their knowledge and skills through structured, comprehensive, and safe training. Our speciality courses introduce Pilots to unique skill sets such as acrobatics, racing, night flying (not available in all jurisdictions), search and rescue, cross-country flying, and many others. 

Rescue PPG Pilot

Many pilots fly with their friends, which is one of the benefits of paramotoring. But while personal flight comes with built-in amazing experiences, there's also inherent danger too. What do you do if a friend crashes? What do you do if you crash, and are conscious? PAPPI certified PPG Pilots state that our Rescue PPG Pilot is the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage emergencies, and become more confident in your skills not just as a pilot, but in knowing you can help others if needed. By the end of the course, in addition to having earned the prestigious PAPPI Rescue PPG Pilot Certification, you'll also be awarded certifications recognized by ECSI and NHCPS in Advanced Level First Aid, CPR, AED, ACLS, Emergency Medical Responder, Oxygen Provider, and Wilderness First Aid.

Master PPG Pilot

The path to becoming a Master PPG Pilot starts with earning a your Basic PPG Pilot certification, followed by PAPPI Advanced PPG Pilot, PAPPI Rescue PPG Pilot (or qualifying certifications), five PAPPI Speciality PPG Pilot Certifications, and a minimum of 300 flights. This is not a course, but rather, a rating in recognition of your commitment, dedication, and accomplishments as a PPG Pilot. To receive PAPPI Master PPG Pilot certification, speak to your instructor or PAPPI Affiliated Flight Center.

PAPPI Professional Ratings

PPG Flightmaster

The PAPPI Flightmaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PAPPI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your piloting and leadership skills. You’ll gain flying knowledge, industry knowledge, and learn significant management and supervision abilities. You will become a role model to PPG pilots everywhere.

The PAPPI PPG Flightmaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of PPG flight activities. Through knowledge development sessions, flightskills exercises, workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of PPG flying activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PAPPI Flight Master
  • Supervising flight activities and assisting with student pilots
  • Pilot safety and PPG risk management
  • Flightmaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of PPG flying and your career
  • Awareness of the flight environment
  • PPG flight planning, flight setup, and management
  • Conducting flight briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a high altitude flight

Assistant PPG Flight Instructor (AI)

The PPG Instructor Development Course (PPG-IDC) is made up of two parts: the Assistant PPG Flight Instructor (AI) course and the PPG Flight Instructor (PPGFI) program. Most PPG professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PAPPI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course portion results in a PAPPI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending the PPGFI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PAPPI Instructor rating.

Flight professionals who hold an instructor rating with another PPG organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the PPFGI program directly. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PAPPI Instructor.

A PAPPI Flightmaster who has been a certified pilot for at least six months, may enroll in the PAPPI Instructor Development Course. In addition to this basic requirement, you'll also need:

  • At least 60 hours of cumulative logged flight time, and at least 100 flights to attend an IE.
  • CPR and First Aid training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical release signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

PPG Flight Instructor

Over a minimum of fourteen days, the PPG-IDC teaches you to conduct all PAPPI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control PPF flights. You'll become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student pilot safety.

Key topics include, but are not limited to:

  • PAPPI Standards and Procedures for all courses you can teach.
  • The PAPPI Educational System.
  • Risk Management and Pilot Safety.
  • The Business of PPF Flying.
  • Your role as an instructor.
  • Marketing and PPF Flight and Sales Counseling.

As part of your IDC, you'll also be registered as an instructor to issue Advanced Level First Aid, CPR, and AED, ACLS, Emergency Medical Responder, Oxygen Provider, and Wilderness First Aid certifications to your students.

Upon completing your PPG-IDC, you'll be authorized to participate in a two-day Instructor Examination (IE), which is a comprehensive evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, flight theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PAPPI System, and attitude and professionalism. PAPPI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PAPPI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PAPPI PPG Flight Instructor certification.

There is a separate fee for attending an IE.