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 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 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 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: