The IPPI card was introduced in 1992.

Since then, associations and pilots throughout the world have benefited from its internationally recognized standards.

The IPPI Card provides a standard reference by which all national rating programs may be compared.

The SafePro Delta (for hang gliding) and/or SafePro Para (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 IPPI Card is valid only together with a current national licence or rating card.

Since October 2015, the IPPI Card is available in two ways

1 – Per IPPI level.

The IPPI Card is physically bought and sold by the approved association to pilots who ask for it.

It is not necessary to renew the IPPI 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 SafePro Delta or ParaPro system, a new IPPI Card should be issued.

2 – Per year.

The IPPI Card is a logo on the pilot national licence. The approved association has agreed to issue the IPPI Card to all its licensed pilots for a small yearly fee. Licences are renewed every year, so your IPPI level can be adjusted accordingly.

Associations in France, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Chinese Taipei, Romania, Mexico, Bosnia & Herzegovina have adopted the yearly scheme in 2017.


Please note that:

  • The IPPI Card does not give any insurance cover.
  • 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 the IPPI Card. To this end, it recommends that an IPPI Card information pack should be sent out with all licence and membership applications, as well as registered hang gliding and paragliding schools and clubs. 

The IPPI Card Information Pack