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The International Pilot Proficiency Information (IPPI) Card

USHPA PILOTS CAN BUY THEIR IPPI CARD AT THE USHPA.AERO ONLINE STORE

The IPPI card was introduced in 1992. Since then, national associations and pilots throughout the world have benefited from its internationally recognized standards. The card provides a standard reference by which all national rating programs may be compared.

IPPI Card (Front Side):

IPPI Card (Back Side):

The SAFE PRO (for hang gliding) and/or 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 hang gliding and/or 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 license or rating card. It is therefore not necessary to renew the card except when a change in the pilot national license invalidates the IPPI card.

For example, if the pilot receive a higher national ranking which corresponds to a higher stage in the SAFE PRO or 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. CIVL would also like all national hang gliding and paragliding associations to promote this card. To this end, it recommends that an IPPI card information pack should be included in the standard package sent out to all license and membership applications. A good supply of IPPI card information packs should also be sent out to all registered hang gliding and paragliding schools, instructors, clubs and site managers on a regular basis. They can then make this information available to pilots and encourage them to apply for an IPPI card.

The IPPI card information pack could include:

  • IPPI card Pilot introductory information
  • Photocopy of the IPPI card
  • IPPI ratings SAFE PRO and PARA PRO
  • Information from the National Association on how IPPI ratings compare with its own national rating system
  • IPPI card application form
  • IPPI card fees
  • Details of FAI license and application form
  • FAI Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond badges information

Instructions for issuing the IPPI Card:

The card can be issued to any pilot holding a national hang gliding and/or paragliding license.

The card is valid only together with a current national license or rating card. It is therefore not necessary to renew the card except when a change in the pilot's national license invalidates the IPPI card. If a pilot for example receives a higher national ranking which corresponds to a higher stage in the SAFE PRO or PARA PRO system a new card should be issued.

Preparation of the card:
All entries should be made using a permanent, indelible marking method.

Pilot name
This entry should be the same as the name as shown on the pilot's national rating card.

SAFE PRO and/or PARA PRO rating
The rating assigned should be the rating equal to or less than the existing national rating held by the pilot.

Date of birth, Nationality, Sex
Self evident

Issuing authority
The issuing authority for these cards should be the FAI member organization or its designated representative. If the issuing authority is of a nation other than the applicant's nationality, the nation of issuance must also be noted here.

Date of issue
Self evident

National license held
Enter name of proficiency rating currently held by the applicant. It must be issued by the issuing authority defined above.

Issuing authority signature
Signature of the individual authorized by the issuing authority to validate pilot proficiency.

Pilot signature
The pilot should sign here in the same manner as on his national license or other identity documents.

Where is the IPPI card recognized and used?

This page gives information on which countries recognize the IPPI card, and specific conditions that apply. Updates to the information published should be sent to Louise Joselyn. Countries not listed here are also invited to report on their situation to Louise Joselyn.

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Cyprus
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Malaysia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
South Africa
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdon
United States of America

Australia

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country?
Yes, we encourage and request all visiting pilots to carry this with them along with the license, certificate or rating issued by their own federations.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country?
AUD $ 10 million to operate on government controlled lands (most of our major sites)

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
We recommend medical evacuation insurance and SAR...our ambulance services are not happy about not being paid by injured visitors and have even suggested that our federation pay for such emergency assistance.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
It is Australian Civil Aviation regulation that all visiting pilots must hold a pilot qualification approved by the HGFA and that such visitors are provided with information about the more stringent airspace rules that apply in this country. As our insurance requirements and aviation regulations are more stringent than the rest of the world, and due also to some past bad experiences with visiting pilot insurance it is a requirement that ALL visiting pilots take membership with the HGFA. This will ensure that we have complied with the regulations by approving your license and IPPI qualification and by ensuring a visitor comes into direct contact with one of our members who can inform them of both national and local airspace rules and restrictions and finally this ensures that there is no short fall in the insurance. Access to most of our sites is based on legal agreements with a fundamental condition being insurance to $10 million. An accident involving a visitor without this insurance would put our sites in extreme jeopardy....such insurance isn't cheap so it is reasonable to expect all users of our sites to contribute toward the insurance that keeps the site open.

Austria

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Tolerated in connection with a valid national license! Note That to fly cross country a Stage 5 is required, Stage 4 allows only local flights

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
HG/PG: EUR 1.235.000, Third Party Liability.

Tandem HG/PG additional: Passenger Liability EUR 218.000; passenger accident insurance: EUR 40.000,-.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
Accident insurance, medical insurance, emergency-rescue insurance.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
Yes for liability-, emergency-rescue and accident insurance, world-wide coverage (except US), competition risks included. Handling: Direct by AXA Aviation & Air sport Insurance Agency in Koessen: Homepage: www.flugschulen/at./axa Email: axa@fly-koessen.at .

Belgium

Date of last update: 04 March 2008

Is the IPPI card accepted in your country ?
Yes

What is the minimum legal requirement coverage required in your country ?
There is no legal requirement in that respect in Belgium, but the FBVL asks foreign pilots to be insured in legal liability for an amount of 1'500'000 euros for third party liability insurance (the FBVL insurance insures up to 1'600'000 euros).

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
The FBVL membership provides a coverage of 2'500 Euros for medical and rescue expenses, 3'750 Euros in case of fatality and 7'500 Euros in case of total permanent invalidity.

This is not mandatory but recommended

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
FBVL offers its membership including the insurance coverage for 65 Euros for guest pilots.

Other information
For more information, please contact the FBVL secretariat:
FBVL asbl
Stationsstraat 103
2860 St-Katelijne-Waver
Belgium
TEL/FAX: + 32 (0)15 32 18 20
info@fbvl.be
www.fbvl.be

Canada

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes. While the IPPI Stage 5 may allow pilots to fly Cross Country in Europe, in Canada, pilots MUST write a Federal Government Hang Gliding Air Regulations Exam and notify Flight Service Stations in a advance (1-800 numbers are provided on the Canadian Website.)

A HAGAR study guide is posted on the HPAC Web site www.hpac.ca . It is actually fun - and interesting.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
Many high profile flying sites have Special Airspace Use provisions – a three dimensional block of airspace where the HAGAR is not required. These sites definitely require HPAC Insurance.

The majority of sites were developed by HPAC members and to protect the sites from closure due to someone causing damage to some landowner property, liability Insurance from HPAC is required. Foreign Insurance will not guarantee a person's access to a HPAC site.

The cost of membership varies province to province due to the varying Provincial fees , the base rate is $125.00 plus any Provincial fee usually $15.00 to $25.00. Membership is good for 1 year. HPAC insurance is also required at all Competitions. An HPAC waiver must also be signed - also available from the website.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
Medical Insurance, search & rescue both would up to the pilot 's discretion.

Search and Rescue charges are commonly in the $2 - 5000.00 range, with medical fees well in addition to that.

Automobile Association Members can purchase excellent and very inexpensive medical insurance - around a dollar a day - members can pick up this insurance at home or here in Canada. We strongly recommend this insurance.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
For foreign visiting pilots we offer a temporary membership for $40.00 and it covers the pilot with Insurance for 90 days.

Other information
Radio Frequency Information:

The following radio frequencies are designated for Hang Gliding and Paragliding in Canada:
1. Aircraft Radios (AM Band) 123.400 Mhz.
- No licensing fees apply to aircraft radios aboard aircraft in Canada (or the USA.)
- licensing fees do apply to ground based units.
2. FM Band 173.64 MHz is designated for "Hang Gliding Club Use."
- Clubs purchase bulk licenses for this frequency.
3. Family Radio Service FM UHF 450 MHz frequency range.
- This has 14 Channels, is restricted to a low: 1/2 watt power which is good for 3-5 km.
- No licensing fees apply.

Cyprus

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Hang-gliding and Paragliding are, so far, NOT regulated by the Authorities in our country. We fly mostly out of public uncontrolled land. Therefore though the card is welcome, it is not mandatory. It is a good mean of introducing visiting pilots to the local "coaching" pilots.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
In practice, nil/undefined. However Civil & Penal Law applies. In case of damage to property, the pilot at fault will be liable to pay damages.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
It is up to each pilot to decide on the coverage he requires.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
Please refer to our comments above.

Finland

Is the IPPI-card accepted in your country ?
Yes, we've given our clubs instructions to ask for it if a foreign pilot shows up to their club.

What is the minimum legal coverage ?
It is not required by law, but all pg/hg pilots are members of the Finnish Aeronautical Association and we insure all pg/hg members up to 2 million FiM which is about 430.000 Euros.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
None. Only students need a small accident coverage.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
We advice pilots to become members of the FAA.

France

Is the IPPI-card accepted in your country ?
Yes. The IPPI Card is accepted in France

What is the minimum legal coverage ?
Although there is no minimum insurance coverage requirement, third party liability insurance is mandatory in France and FFVL offers to its members a 5 Million FF coverage for body injury and/or damage to third parties with a maximum of 30 Million cumulative per accident and 50 Million per year if more than one accident.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
For a competition pilot it is mandatory to have a medical personal insurance in addition to the social security and FFVL offers additionally an incapacity and fatality insurance, search (but no rescue) and repatriation, but this is not mandatory.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
Yes. Through its membership FFVL offers the same coverage to any foreigner wishing to fly in France.

Germany

Is the IPPI-card accepted in your country ?
Yes. The IPPI Card is accepted in Germany.

What is the minimum legal coverage ?
750 000 euros.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
None.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
No

Greece

Is the IPPI-card accepted in your country ?
The IPPI Card is accepted in our country. The system, in relation to our national system of Pilot Proficiency, is being developed now and we have already ordered the IPPI Cards for compulsory use by our pilots.

What is the minimum legal coverage ?
The minimum legal insurance coverage required in our country concerns personal insurance coverage is, partial and/or total inability coverage due to an accident, death coverage, and third party coverage.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
Our country recommends the medical coverage required by EC regulations for EC residents (Form E 111). Visitors from outside EC may have medical treatment depending on the type of their personal insurance coverage.

In case of SAR requirement, assistance is provided by the Hellenic Air Force which covers Sea and Land Operations through the Greek Defense Ministry, as well as by the Greek State Rescue Teams. The above include transport of the person to the nearest hospital.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
For the case of guest pilots not complying to our national law, the interested pilots must contact with our NAC so that the equivalence of their coverage will be agreed else that the minimum coverage will be provided at modest cost.

Hungary

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
In Hungary the IPPI card is accepted. For the Hungarian Pilots the IPPI card is compulsory if they are going to go to abroad. This is valid if they have a current National license. The IPPI cards are filled by the Hungarian Aeronautical Association (HAA), signed by the secretary general.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
The Association has a minimum legal insurance for the third party liability for the pilots who registered in the HAA. If you are a HG or PG pilot you can do it as a member of the Amateur HG Association (the fee of the membership is 20 USD/year and it is include the insurance and a membership card and information about the Hungarian rules). Unfortunately the medical examination is compulsory in Hungary for the Hang Glider and Paraglider Pilots. It is about 20-30 USD but we are fighting to abolish it. The medical requirements not too hard but it is a full day examination.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
Search and rescue can reach if you have a contact with the FIC (Flying Information Center).

Other information
In Hungary you are required to have an identification number on the wing.

In Hungary the space is uncontrolled up 2900 m AMSL. But there are a lot of controlled TMA, CTR, border zone, TSA and prohibited, restricted and dangerous airspace.

You need an ICAO map which shows these areas.

You can get all information what you need about the Hungarian Aeronautical Association (phone: 36-1-2394456) or from clubs.

Iceland

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes.

What is the minimum legal insurance cover required in your country ?
Laws are not clear regarding hang and paragliders so no known legal minimum

What additional cover does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
Recommended to have 3rd party and medical insurance

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance cover for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
Not at the moment.

Ireland

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country?
Yes.


What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
No legal requirement. IHPA members are required to show proof of £2 million (= €3 million) PL cover.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
IHPA recommends additional accident cover including S&R with income protection benefits.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
No - but NACI briefed a broker on the insurance requirements of all Irish airsports at the end of February 2007, so watch this space for updates.

Italy

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
The legal coverage is third party liability insurance for 500 000 € but FIVL recommends and provides to its members 1 Million €

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
None

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
Yes through the FIVL membership.

Japan

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes, it is accepted to ensure a visiting pilot has the rating corresponding to the pilot skill standard set by the Japan Hang & Paragliding Federation (JHF). IPPI 4 corresponds to JHF Pilot and IPPI 5 to JHF Cross Country Pilot.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
There is no legal requirement for minimum insurance coverage, but JHF requires all pilots to become a member of JHF, with which they will be provided third party liability insurance coverage.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
JHF recommends all pilots join its group insurance contract which covers medical and rescue expenses.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
See above.

Malaysia

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes.

Netherlands

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes.

What is the minimum legal insurance cover required in your country ?
NLG 2,000,000.-- (Euro 907,560.--)

What additional cover does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
None.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance cover for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
The Hang gliding department of the KNVvL (the Dutch NAC for hang gliding) offers a legal insurance of maximum NLG 3.500.000 -- to all its members. The easiest way to a legal insurance is to become a member. Contact us on our website www.knvvl.nl (zeilvliegen).

New Zealand

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
We provide insurance for visitors who join the NZHGPA.

Please note that thair is à $2000 excess condition (i.e. if the claim is for $3,000 the pilot have to pay the first $2000 and the insurance pay the rest)

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
None

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
No

Norway

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes, it is mandatory for foreign pilots.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
3rd. part liability insurance, NOK 5.000.000,-

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
Norwegian pilots have mandatory accident insurance. This is not mandatory for foreign pilots.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
If you are a pilot visiting competitions, the 3rd. part liability insurance are covered by the Norwegian Aero Club. If you visit Norway when not participating in a competition, you can become a member of our organization. Then the 3rd. party liability insurance is included in the membership. Both these things require a valid pilot license.

Poland

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
It is tolerated in connection with a valid national license. To fly cross country at least Stage 4 is required.

According to the new aviation law that has appeared in May 2004, paraglider pilot certificate of competency is now the only document in Poland that permits pilots to fly on their own. A pilot who doesn't have paraglider pilot certificate of competency is treated as a pilot-beginner and is allowed to fly only under control of instructor from the certificated aviation training organization.

According to the polish program of training that has a lot in common with the directive lines of Para-Pro paraglider pilot certificate of competency is the equivalent of IPPI4 license, which means that in Poland at least IPPI4 Card is required to fly without the control of instructor.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
There is no minimum insurance cover (total amount) required but you have to insure yourself (from looses to third parties and from accidents).

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
There is no recommendation on additional insurance cover (it looks strange but polish insurance companies don't offer any additional opportunities).

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
To be checked with the Polish NAC.

Portugal

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
The minimum capital at Third Party Insurance (Civil Liability) will be PTE 50.000.000$ / EUR 250.000 during 2002.
Personal Bodily Injuries Insurance (for pilots, during 2001):
Death or permanent disability – up to PTE 3750.000 / EUR 18.705
Treatments/ medical expenses – PTE 570.000 / EUR 2.843

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
We recommend higher capitals:
Death or permanent disability – up to PTE 15750.000 / EUR 78.560
Treatments/ medical expenses – PTE 4.070.000 / EUR 20.301
and Temporary disability – PTE 5.000 per day (minimum)

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
Yes, during the competition.

Slovakia

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
Aviation law in Slovakia, applicable from 2006, requires a minimum coverage of aprox. 12.000 Euros for third party liability insurance.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
Medical insurance (helicopter transport), search and rescue insurance. This is not mandatory but highly recommended.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
The LAA (national HG and PG association) guest membership provides a coverage of ~ 12.000 Euros for third party liability insurance for period of 2 weeks (membership fee: 20 Euros).

Other information
In case of doubt, please contact the LAA secretariat:
www.laa.sk
tel/fax: +421 (0) (41) 5623 450

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South Africa

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes, we accept the IPPI card. Our members who want to fly overseas can obtain it from our SAHPA office.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
Not sure if there is a legal minimum, our members are insured for R300.000, roughly 45.000 Euros.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
We provide our members with a CASEVAC insurance for helicopter rescue, if necessary, but this arrangement is more to ensure that the casevac runs smoothly. The pilot's own insurance has to pay for the casevac. It is highly recommended that all visiting pilots have a good medical and casevac insurance.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
Yes, foreign pilots should take out a temporary membership for R310 which makes sure that they are covered like a local pilot, and that they are flying legally in South Africa.

Other information

For visitors we have a web site http://www.sahpa.co.za/sahpa/foreign_info.jsp that covers most of your questions. Or contact the SAHPA office at sahpa@paragliding.co.za, or call ++27-12-668-1219 (mornings only, SA time).

Sweden

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes, for guest pilots the IPPI card is accepted as proof of skill/knowledge.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
The Swedish Paragliding Association(SSFF) today requires that its members have at least 5 million SEK liability coverage. (Note the 5 million level will likely be raised to about 10 million SEK in the near future.)

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
The Swedish Paragliding Association Membership Fee includes a limited medical insurance (invalidity(400 000 SEK), death(40 000 SEK)) and a liability insurance (5 Million SEK).

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
We can surely address this matter together with our insurance company if this is desirable. (i.e: Offering a liability insurance to guest pilots should be possible, if the need for this is observed.)

Switzerland

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes, foreign, non Swiss resident pilots that have an IPPI-Card, Stage IV or V are allowed to fly occasionally in Switzerland hang gliders and paragliders. Flying tandem and working as an instructor however is not allowed. Note that to fly cross country a Stage 5 is required.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
There is a third-party insurance required, coverage one million Swiss Francs (Frs. 1'000'000)

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
It is recommended to have such insurance.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
Yes, if they become also member of the Swiss Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, we can offer a third-party insurance.

Turkey

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
IPPI card is not being accepted in Turkey. However, our training system so organized to meet safe pro and para pros standards All the pilots having FAI license can fly in this country and participate in competitions.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
There is no legal requirement for insurance. THK itself, provides an insurance cover of minimum USD 28.000 for its own pilots.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
None.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
No.

Other information
Radio Frequency Information:
Turkish Aeronautical Association Hang gliding and Paragliding pilots are permitted to use FM radios and between 144 and 146 frequencies.

United Kingdom

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
Yes

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
None

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
Liability Insurance and medical insurance for non-EU citizens

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
Yes. but n/a since no national law

USA

Is the IPPI Card accepted in your country ?
We accept the IPPI card for purposes of determining a pilot's rating. IPPI 4 for intermediate and IPPI 5 for advanced rating.

What is the minimum legal insurance coverage required in your country ?
You have to be a USHPA member for third party liability insurance and to fly at most sites. Thirty day minimum USHPA membership is available, especially to competition pilots.

What additional coverage does your country recommend (such as medical insurance, search and rescue etc...) ?
Medical insurance would be very useful here in the US. Search and Rescue insurance would also be useful, although few US pilots have this. In Colorado state you can purchase it for 5 days by getting a fishing license for $21.00.

Is your NAC prepared to provide a special insurance coverage for guest pilots who do not comply with your national law ?
See above.

IPPI card application form

This sample application form is for the use of national federations ONLY. No individual application can be made directly to the FAI using this form.

Sample Application Form

Order IPPI Cards from the FAI

National federations who want to join the IPPI Card Program, order or renew their stock of cards can get more information, the price list and payment information from the FAI Office.

You should contact :

Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
Avenue Mon-Repos 24
Ch - 1005 Lausanne
Switzerland

Attention : Christine ROUSSON
Email : christine@fai.org
Tel : +41 21 345 1070
Fax : +41 21 345 1077


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