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Open Sky Pilot is the first degree in the APPI Education System. The student learn how to install and control the wing on the ground (Ground Handling) and have his/her first solo flight experience. At this level, the student is allowed to fly ONLY with radio communication and under Instructor’s supervision.

To participate and complete an Open Sky Pilot course, an individual must:

  1. Be a minimum age of 18 years old.
  2. Enroll in a minimum 5 days course. This includes a minimum of 3 days ground handling.
  3. Complete a theoretical course on basic paragliding knowledge (Flying Technique, Meteorology, Aerodynamic, Legislation, Equipment).
  4. Complete the practical, analyze, technique and mental preparation.


WEATHER: Airflow Over obstacles, Hills, ridges, gullies. Venturi areas. Evolution of the day. Valley wind. Anabatic, Katabatic. Sea breeze. Lee side turbulence. Wind gradient. Slope lift. Basic cloud types: Cirrus, Alto Stratus, Cumulus.

MECHANICS OF FLIGHT: How a paraglider flies. 3 axes pitch, roll, Yaw. Air forces. Air speed and ground speed. Trajectory and drift. Different speed ranges of the glider.

AIRLAW: Consider and respect environment and rules of site. Airspace rules and anti-collision rules.

AIRMANSHIP: Active piloting. Types of turn. Take off. In flight and landing procedure. Understand safe speed to fly.

STATE OF MIND: Physical and emotional. Understand limits.

EQUIPMENT: Introduction. Care and maintenance. Reserve parachute on pre-flight check and how to use.

ANALYSIS: Wind direction and speed. Consider the shape of the slope, choose the right place to lay out. Daily weather analysis: Clouds, conditions, predict and analyse the evolution of the day.


  1. Intro Equipment, Maintenance, Vocabulary
  2. Daily inspection, material checking and Packing
  3. Weather analysis, Airflow, Site inspection
  4. Take-off 5 point control
  5. Take off in 4 phases
  6. Slalom: direction, pitch, roll axis in contact with glider
  7. Harness simulator, getting in and out of harness, turns
  8. Inflight check, hands through brake handles
  9. Small flights
  10. Follow flight plan, 3D markers, correction of trajectory
  11. Flight with changes in direction: 90/ 180/ 270/ 360
  12. Explore speed range, best glide ratio, max speed, min sink
  13. Create pitch let stabilize, create roll let stabilize
  14. Loss of height stable in good speed range
  15. Final approach: stable, speed, legs down, looking ahead
  16. Landing into wind, flare, final braking


Solo Pilots candidates must satisfactorily complete all course performance requirements by following progressions. To apply for certification, the certifying APPI Instructor submits online a completed, signed Pilot Application to APPI website, along with the required photo and application fee. Upon approval of the application, APPI will issue an APPI Certification Card.

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