Students who have attained APPI 3 Pilot status have taken the initial stride towards becoming Independent Pilots. They possess the capability to assess diverse weather conditions, make suitable judgments, and execute secure flights autonomously at their training location.
To register for an APPI 3 Pilot course, one must meet the following criteria: Either hold certification as an APPI 2 explore pilot or possess a rating equivalent to FAI IPPI 2. Adhere to the minimum age requirement as per local regulations (Federation/ Civil Aviation/ Army, etc.), and if under legal age, obtain parental/guardian consent.
The training encompasses a comprehensive understanding of various subjects including weather patterns, aerodynamics, aviation regulations, piloting techniques, and equipment knowledge. Students also develop the ability to identify and address risky situations effectively through sound decision-making processes. The mental aspect focuses on honing skills in risk management, self-assessment, and strategic planning to facilitate personal progress in flying proficiency. During practical sessions, emphasis is placed on refining ground handling abilities, enabling students to navigate through all stages of a flight with confidence and safety, from analyzing weather conditions to executing high flights independently at the training location.
Completion of the APPI 3 pilot training involves fulfilling the requirements outlined in the logbook, which includes theoretical, ground handling, and practical tasks. Additionally, students must have accrued a minimum of 30 high flights under instructor supervision, encompassing both low and high-altitude flights. Possession of at least one certificate in either Thermalling or Dynamic Soaring is necessary, along with successful completion of the APPI 3 pilot practical and theoretical examinations.