The 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 Delta 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 licence or rating card.
Since October 2015, the IPPI Card is available in two ways, according to national federations’ choice:
1 – Per IPPI level.
The Card is physical, bought and sold by the national federation to pilots who ask for it.
It is 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 Delta Pro or Para Pro system, a new card should be issued.
2 – Per year.
The Card is a logo on the pilot national license. The federation has agreed to issue the Card to all its licensed pilots for a small yearly fee. Licenses are renewed every year, so your IPPI level can be adjusted accordingly.
France, Italy, Hungary and Serbia have adopted the new scheme in 2015.