(IPPI) International Paragliding Rating/Southern Ireland

IPPI Card
The International Pilot Proficiency Information Card provides a standard reference by which all national rating programs may be compared. When you travel abroad this card, together with your BHPA membership/rating card, gives flying site managers, instructors and others responsible for hang gliding and/or paragliding flight operations an easy way of verifying your pilot experience level prior to approval of flight activities.

The IPPI system works by converting your BHPA pilot rating into the equivalent Safe Pro and/or Para Pro rating (training systems developed by a Norwegian but not widely used). Note that Safe Pro is for hang gliding and Para Pro is for paragliding.

The tables below set out the Safe Pro and/or Para Pro stage that will be shown on your IPPI card.

Hang gliding:
Elementary = Safe Pro Stage 1
Club (Novice) Pilot = Safe Pro Stage 2
Pilot = Safe Pro Stage 4
Pilot* = Safe Pro Stage 5
Advanced Pilot = Safe Pro Stage 5
Safe Pro Stage 5 *: To obtain a hang gliding IPPI 5 rating with only a Pilot rating, applicants must submit a statement from a Club Chairman/Club Chief Coach/CFI confirming that they have checked the pilot’s logbooks and are satisfied that he or she has a total of at least 50 flying hours on hang gliders and has completed at least 5 cross-country flights in various types of lift (flights conducted solely in ridge lift or along the same ridge do not count).

Paragliding:
Elementary = Para Pro Stage 2
Club (Novice) Pilot = Para Pro Stage 3
Pilot = Para Pro Stage 4
Pilot** = Para Pro Stage 5
Advanced Pilot = Para Pro Stage 5
Para Pro Stage 5 **: To obtain a paragliding IPPI 5 rating with only a Pilot rating, applicants must submit a statement from a Club Chairman/Club Chief Coach/CFI confirming that they have checked the pilot’s logbooks and are satisfied that he or she has a total of at least 50 flying hours on paragliders and has completed at least 5 cross-country flights in various types of lift (flights conducted solely in ridge lift or along the same ridge do not count).

Obtaining an IPPI Card

Please download an IPPI Application Form and return the completed form to the BHPA office. The current fee for issuing an IPPI card is £11.

Please note: The IPPI scheme only applies to hill pilots. IPPI cards cannot be issued to tow pilots unless they hold the appropriate “hill” endorsement.

 

If  your student pilot from Southern Ireland on completing your training with Cloud Surfer Ireland  CP course we can then convert your new BHPA/UK/CP rating into your new Para Pro 2/3 rating and you will receive your IPPI card from the BHPA   

http://www.bhpa.co.uk/documents/safety/overseas/