An APPI ParaTrike Performance Pilot is an independent pilot who has developed their skills beyond a basic level and has the experience of flying and analyzing all different weather conditions and flying sites. An APPI ParaTrike Performance Pilot course last 6 days and the qualification allows the pilot to continue their APPI ParaTrike Education in order to improve their performance skills and knowledge.
Prerequisites/ Course contents/ Obligation
To enroll in an APPI ParaTrike Performance Pilot course, an individual must:
- Be certified as an APPI ParaTrike Pilot or have a similar certification from another training organization.
- Have a minimum age of 16 years old.
- Respect APPI Safety Rules and Quality Standards.
- Agree to complete the APPI ParaTrike Performance Pilot Theoretical course and exam.
- Agree to sit a minimum 6 Day course with a certified instructor consisting of the following training syllabus.
- Reflex Wing Systems
- Performance Flight Planning and Navigation
- Group Management and Organisation
- Performance Meteorology
- Performance Level Exam
Take Off and Landing
- Demonstrate no wind-high wind launch take off followed by low level flight, touch & go which includes a minimum distance of taxiing in between.
- Demonstrate smooth landings after instruction.
- Demonstrate engine off spot landings from 500ft after instruction.
- Demonstrate touch and go landings after instruction.
- Demonstrate the ability to fly in formation with other pilots after instruction.
- Demonstrate the ability and knowledge to use a reflex glider correctly and safely after instruction.
- Demonstrate the ability to fly low and slow after instruction.
- Demonstrate the ability to plan and navigate a 50km Cross Country flight after instruction.
- Demonstrate the ability to organize a group of no more than 5 pilots to ensure safe and legal flying.
General Course Requirements
- Pilot uses good judgement and has a level of maturity appropriate with the rating.
- Pilot is familiar with the canopy and ParaTrike manuals and can maintain their engine.
- Pilot completes all theory training and passes the APPI PERFORMANCE ParaTrike Pilot Exam.
- Pilot logs at least 20 solo flights under the supervision of an APPI ParaTrike Instructor.
Training and Certification
APPI ParaTrike Performance Instructors can validate APPI ParaTrike Performance Pilots. APPI ParaTrike Performance Pilot candidates must satisfactorily complete all course performance requirements. To apply for certification, the certifying APPI ParaTrike Performance Instructor must submit a completed, signed Performance Pilot Application to the APPI website, along with the required photo, application fee and other qualifying certification documentation (if applicable). Upon approval of the application, APPI will issue an APPI ParaTrike Performance Pilot Certification Card. To maintain this rating a minimum of 20 hours or 40 flights per year are required. Failing to comply with this will result in reverting back to the APPI ParaTrike Pilot qualification and the requirement to complete a proficiency test with a qualified APPI ParaTrike Performance Instructor
To renew annually, the pilot submits online a payment of membership dues. Automatically APPI’s Certification Card starts validation and membership is activated.
a. APPI Response Awareness
b. APPI Logbook
c. APPI ParaTrike Performance Pilot Progression Form
d. APPI ParaTrike Performance Pilot Exam