Pilot is a student who has achieved the level of independent, solo Pilot. They are able to fly without supervision, analyze different weather conditions, have necessarily a specialty in alpine and soaring. Before flying at different sites, Solo Pilots are recommended to choose places where they can receive the assistance of an APPI School. There, they receive important information, support and therefore are more secure.
To participate and complete a Pilot course, an individual must:
WEATHER: Temperature inversion, Thermal triggers and collectors, Evolution during the day, Stability and instability, Temperature gradient, Inversions, Dangerous situations for flight
MECHANICS OF FLIGHT: Mechanics of big ears and speed bar, Spiral dive, neutral and unneutral rotation, Understand and practice asymmetric collapse, Symmetric collapse, B line stall
AIRLAW: Understand airspace rules & obligations as Pilot
AIRMANSHIP: Using ridge lift, Weight shift away from slope, Thermalling skills, Terrain avoidance, flying with others, limitations of currency and experience
STATE OF MIND: Understand limits of glider, Weather, Mental, Maneuvering safely, Terrain, Traffic, Conditions, Stability, Understand the reached level and the risk of the activity
EQUIPMENT: Daily inspection and Maintenance, Glider weight range and certification, Know how to assess damage on a glider
ANALYSIS: Weather, Wind analysis before and during the flight, Safety attitude planning flying plan, Understand the airflow, Plan the evolution of the conditions during the day, Be able to adapt the flight and landing to changes in conditions
The pilot is able to fly in the learning place, with minimum supervision, or independently in a quiet condition. The pilot knows their obligations and rights.
Solo Pilot with ALPINE validation means the pilot has completed his formation course in one area of mountain valley wind and thermals, and have skills PTU landing (aviation standard). Validation: minimum one day under instructor supervision on fly, analyze condition, landscape, etc.
Solo Pilot with SOARING validation means the pilot has completed his formation course in one area of meteo wind, venture, top landing, etc. Validation: minimum one day under instructor supervision, fly with meteo wind and top landing.
Solo Pilot with FLAT LAND validation means the pilot has completed his formation course using winch system for take off. Validation: minimum one day under instructor supervision, fly and safety winch take off.
Solo Pilots candidates must satisfactorily complete all course performance requirements. To apply for certification, the certifying APPI Instructor submit online a completed, validated APPI Solo Pilot Application to APPI website, along with the required photo, application fee and other qualifying certification documentation (if applicable).