FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission
IPPI Card: 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.