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PAI PPPI (Paragliding Pilot Proficiency Identification) System

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PAI PPPI (Paragliding Pilot Proficiency Identification) System


PG1 (Student Pilot)

PG2 (Ridge Soaring Pilot)

PG3 (Thermal Soaring Pilot)

PG4 (Cross Country Pilot)

TANDEM (Tandem Pilot)


PAI BHPA Certification Workshop

Certified Pilots


PAI introduced PPPI (Paragliding Pilot Proficiency Identification) system in December 2012. The purpose of this system is to streamline all technical information related to training and to introduce a standard reference for identifying Paragliding pilots skills across India through 6 levels of Rating Cards.

PPPI CardsThe PPPI system has been derived from training structure and rules & regulations of various established International Paragliding organisations. It has been fine-tuned to suit Indian conditions.

The PPPI Rating Card will be a handy proof of pilot's proficiency and experience.

Rating or License!

PAI PPPI Rating Card is not a license. The term 'license' is related to 'permit' or permission' and PAI is not the authority to "permit" or "deny" anyone form flying. The PAI PPPI Rating card will only be used to identify a pilot's skill level and experience.


In the absence of any form of a valid identification system in India that indicates a pilot's flying skills, PAI - as a national and responsible body for Paragliding in India, is filling this gap through its PPPI system and the Rating Card. The PPPI rating card would hence serve as a "National Card" for identifying pilots and their skills.

PPPI is a bold step in confirming PAI's ongoing effort to affiliate with International Paragliding Organisations. PAI will strongly recommend this system to Sports, Tourism and Civil Departments of State and Central Government of India.


General Terms for all PPPI Levels

  1. PAI PPI Rating Card is 'not a license'.
  2. PAI PPPI Card is valid with an active PAI Membership card.
  3. Candidate should have a valid PAI membership. Non-members can apply for membership along with the PPPI request.
  4. Candidate should be of minimum 16 years of age for solo rating and 18 years for Tandem rating.
  5. Candidate should be medically fit and should record the same by way of declaration and indemnity during the application process.
  6. Applicant pilot should have maintained a flight log book that contains records of his/her flights and tasks signed by the CFI wherever applicable.
  7. Logged Dune flying hours (India and overseas) shall be considered while counting flying hours for first assessment or renewal of PPPI rating level.
  8. Pilot will have to clear an online/paper theoretical exam as per the rating structure.
  9. All theory exams require for 80% passing percentage to clear the respective level.
  10. Exception to the 80% passing percentage is questions that are marked with a '*' in the exam paper. These questions marked with '*' have to be answered correctly to clear the respective exam. Incorrect answer to a '*' question shall deem the exam as FAIL.
  11. For practical assessments, the decision of the examiner shall be deemed as final.
  12. Above are only minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for the respective level of pilot rating. Issuance of the rating level shall be at the discretion of the examiner based on his/her practical and theoretical assessment of the candidate’s skills.

General Renewal Terms

  1. If a pilot does not renew his/her Solo/Tandem rating level within one year from the expiry of his/her existing rating level, then the pilot to have their re-assessment done via an authorised PAI Examiner. The Examiner decides/recommends whether the pilot is capable flying safely with the required skills of the rating level in consideration.
  2. If the assessment as per above point is deemed not-satisfactory by the Examiner, the pilot will have to complete a refresher course (see point 3).
  3. If the pilot has not flown for more than 2 years, he/she would have to do a refresher course carrying out all tasks mentioned in the respective level requisites.
  4. All re-assessment shall incur a cost as per the fee structure table for the relevant rating.


PAI would like to thank following person and institutions for their direct and/or indirect contribution in helping us format our PPPI Rating System.

Jocky Sanderson
Henry Lemmen , Dutch Federation
French Federation
Jim Mallinson
Steve Purdie
Michel Verhagen

In 2016 PAI requested BHPA for help with PPPI system and Certification.

IAN CURRER, Asst. Technical Officer, BHPA has provided ground level modifications after long hours of deliberation and the same has been reflected in the current version of PPPI.

PAI is grateful to BHPA Chairman Marc Asquith and Senior Technical Officer Dave Thompson for their encouragement and support.

Document Version

Version 1.8
26 November 2016

PPPI is a dynamic system and all documents under it are living documents. The system is open for continuous revision during its use and designed to evolve keeping pace with development in paragliding sport, regional conditions and feedback from paragliding pilots & experts.