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The International Pilot Proficiency Information (IPPI) Card

What is the IPPI card?

FAI-IPPI-CardThe IPPI card was introduced in 1992.

Since then, national associations and pilots throughout the world have benefited from its internationally recognised standards.

The card provides a standard reference by which all national rating programs may be compared.

The PARA PRO (for paragliding) stage on the card reflects the pilot proficiency. For the pilot who flies outside of his known or local area, it is a quick and easy method of providing proof of flying experience and proficiency

When a pilot travels abroad, the IPPI card – together with the national rating card – will identify the pilot skills. It gives flying site managers, instructors and others responsible for paragliding flight operations an easy way of verifying the pilot experience level prior to approval of flight activities.

The card is valid only together with a current national licence or rating card. It is therefore not necessary to renew the card except when a change in the pilot national licence invalidates the IPPI card.

For example, if the pilot receive a higher national ranking which corresponds to a higher stage in the PARA PRO system, a new card should be issued.

Please note that the card does not give any insurance cover.

Please also remember that flight safety is ultimately the pilot own responsibility.

CIVL encourages all pilots to use the IPPI card.

Where is the IPPI card recognised and used?

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That page gives information on which countries recognize the IPPI card, and specific conditions that apply.

IPPI Qualifications

Most national flying organisations such as the FFVL (France), BHPA (UK) and RFAE (Spain) are members of the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI). The FAI have created the International Pilot Proficiency Identification (IPPI) scheme to enable qualifications obtained in one country to be recognised in another. In general the training schemes in both, i.e. the UK and Spain, follow the guidelines set down by IPPI so the exercises completed under one system should be accepted by the other.

The table below shows the IPPI levels and the equivalent qualifications in France, UK and Spain.

  • Para Pro Stage 1&2. Orange. Elementary Pilot EPC
  • Para Pro Stage 3. Green. Novice (Club Pilot) CPC
  • Para Pro Stage 4. Blue. Pilot & Advanced Pilot
  • Para Pro Stage 5. Brown. Advanced Pilot (Cross Country)

The 5 stages of paragliding:

  • 4. ADVANCED SOARING (Soaring in turbulent conditions.)
  • 3. BASIC SOARING (Soaring in non turbulent conditions)
  • 2. ALTITUDE GLIDING (Altitude and space to manoeuvre, no soaring)
  • 1. GROUND SKIMMING (Don’t fly higher than you would care to fall!) (this stage is combined with stage 2)

The Club Pilot course provides an International Pilot Proficiency Identification (IPPI) Para Pro level 3. After your Club Pilot course, We can request IPPI Card for you. Costs are not incluyed in the course´s price.

Request your IPPI Card

If you have done the Paragliding Para Pro Stage 3 course with us then you can request your FAI IPPI Card. Please, contact us here.


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