Badge System

BGA Badge System

Below information is sourced from the BGA website. Please check at gliding.co.uk for anymore information regarding the topic. 

 Privileges Notes

Badge 'A'
Minimum Requirements
Must be over 16 years old.
20 flights with an instructor.
1 successful solo flight.
Show reasonable knowledge of the rules of the air, including local airspace rules
Privileges 
Shows a standard of proficiency reached.

20 flight minimum may be waived if a Private or Commercial Pilot's Licence is held or if you are a qualified services pilot.

An Air Cadet Vigilant solo flight can qualify providing the throttle remains closed after the takeoff and climb, and the flight is supervised on the ground by the Air Cadet A Category Instructor who signs the application form

The  syllabus is here .

Badge 'B'
Minimum Requirements
Completed 'A' Badge requirements.
Soaring flight of at least 5 minutes at or above previous low point after release.
Successful landing.
Show knowledge of rules of the air, including rules appertaining to airspace
Privileges 
Shows a standard of proficiency reached.
Badge: Bronze

Minimum Requirements 

50 solo flights or 20 solo flights and 10 solo hours.
Two soaring flight of 30 minutes each (if launched by winch car or bungy) or 60 minutes each (if from an aerotow not exceeding 2000 feet).
At least 3 check flights in a dual-control glider with a Full rated instructor.
Pass multiple choice written Air Law and General papers (on airmanship, meteorology, principles of flight, radiotelephony, navigation).

Notes

Flying and ground tests must be completed within the 12 months before the application.

The  syllabus is here .

UK Cross-Country Endorsement

Minimum Requirements                                                                                                                                                                   

Must have Bronze Badge and approval of the CFI.
Two soaring flights of at least 1 hour and one flight of at least 2 hours.
Field selection flight.
At least 2 successful approaches into fields.
Plan and fly a triangular task of at least 100km (in a glider, motorglider or light aircraft).

Privileges 
With the Bronze Badge, allows you to fly cross-country, and also allows you to apply for the Glider pilot's licence (not essential).
All must be completed within 12 months of the second soaring flight.
Badge: Silver
Minimum Requirements
Height  - a gain of height of 1000 metres (3281 feet) or more.
Distance  - a flight on a straight course of 50km or more.
Duration  - a flight of 5 hours or more.
Privileges 
Minimum requirement to fly in a competition (for which an FAI sporting licence is needed).
Privileges 
Bronze Badge and Cross-Country Endorsement are needed before attempting the distance component.
 UK 100km Diploma

Minimum Requirements                                                                                                                                                                      

Part 1: A pre-declared 100km triangle or out-and-return flight.                                                                                           

Part 2 Same as part 1, but with a handicapped speed of 65kph.

Notes
Bronze Badge and Cross-Country Endorsement are needed first.
Badge: Gold
Minimum Requirements
Height  - a gain of height of 3000 metres (9843 feet) or more.
Distance  - a flight of 300km or more.
Duration  - a flight of 5 hours or more
Notes
Bronze Badge is needed for the distance component
The flight for Silver duration can count for Gold.
Badge: Diamond
Minimum Requirements
Height  - a gain of height of 5000 metres (16405 feet)
Goal  - a goal flight of 300km or more over an out-and-return or triangular course
Distance  - a flight of at least 500km
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