The BAeA / BGA Aerobatic Badge Scheme

In the United Kingdom, Gliding is governed by the BGA (British Gliding Association) whilst aerobatic competition for both powered and glider (full size) is governed be the British Aerobatic Association. The aerobatic badge scheme was developed jointly by the BAeA and the BGA and includes four levels of competence
  • Standard - Competent to undertake solo test sequence of basic figures only
  • Sports - A high standard of competence in basic +ve G figures
  • Intermediate - A high standard of competence in advanced figures involving rolling and inverted flight
  • Unlimited - A high standard of competence in advanced figures involving rolling and inverted flight

BADGE TESTS

  • The candidate must have received clearance from a BGA Aerobatic Instructor to carry out the figures included at the relevant level before attempting any test. For the Standard badge this clearance may be given by a Full Cat. Instructor authorised for the purpose by the local CFI.
  • The candidate must be alone in the aircraft for each test.
  • The Standard badge test may be witnessed by any BGA Aerobatic Instructor or by a Full Cat. Instructor authorised for the purpose by the local CFI.
  • The Sports and Intermediate badge tests are to be witnessed by a BGA Regional Aerobatic Examiner unless scored by a BAeA judge or judges.
  • The Unlimited badge test is to be witnessed and scored by no less than three BAeA, or three Internationally recognised, aerobatic judges.
  • Scoring of Sports, Intermediate and Unlimited badge tests will be in accordance with the " BAeA Criteria for Judging Aerobatic Figures " as published by the British Aerobatic Association. No qualifying flight may contain a zero score.
  • More than one test may be completed on a single flight.

STANDARD BADGE

Clearance by a BGA Aerobatic Instructor, or authorised Full Cat. Instructor, to undertake the following basic figures :-

  1. 45 degree climbing and diving lines ( k7 )
  2. Loop ( k10 )
  3. Wingover ( k12 )
  4. 360 degree erect turn ( k6 )
  5. Positive, One Turn Spin ( k14 )
  6. Climbing turn

Observed solo sequence including each of the above figures. Direction of turn in each figure to be at the pilots discretion.

SPORTS BADGE

Scored sequence containing 12 figures taken from the following list :-

  1. 45 degree line ( k7 )
  2. Loop ( k10 )
  3. Wingover ( k12 )
  4. 360 degree erect turn ( k6 )
  5. Positive, One Turn Spin ( k14 )
  6. Humpty Bump ( k13 )
  7. Quarter clover ( k16 )
  8. Stall turn ( k17 )

The total k factor for the sequence shall not be less than 150 and all figures from the prescribed list must be included. No figure shall be repeated more than once.

A default sequence may be chosen from the BAeA Sports class known sequences published for the period of the test.

A minimum score of 70% is required to pass. If the test is carried out as an entry in a BAeA competition the official final scores, after computation in accordance with the TBL system, will be taken as evidence of satisfactory performance.

INTERMEDIATE BADGE

The Intermediate Badge test shall comprise one known and one unknown sequence as defined below :-

a) Known Sequence - 

Scored sequence containing 12 figures chosen by the candidate from the following list :-

  1. 45 degree climbing and diving lines ( k7 )
  2. Loop ( k10 )
  3. Wingover ( k12 )
  4. 360 degree erect turn ( k6 )
  5. 360 degree inverted turn ( k8 )
  6. Positive Spin ( k14 to k18)
  7. Humpty Bump ( k13 )
  8. Quarter clover ( k16 )
  9. Stall turn ( k17 )
  10. Slow roll ( k14 )
  11. Half roll inverted ( k8 )
  12. Half roll erect ( k8 )
  13. Cuban eight ( k31 )
  14. Half Cuban ( k16 )
  15. Half reverse Cuban ( k19 )
  16. Split S ( k12 )

The total k factor for the sequence shall not be less than 164 and no figure shall be included more than once. A default sequence may be chosen from the BAeA Intermediate Class known sequences published for the period of the test.

            b) Unknown Sequence

A scored unknown sequence containing a maximum of 14 figures from the forgoing list, set by the examiner on the day of the test and flown without practice. The minimum k factor shall be as defined for the known sequence. This test may be carried out as part of an entry in a BAeA Intermediate Class competition.

A minimum score of 75% is required to pass in both the known and the unknown sequences. If the test is carried out as an entry in a BAeA competition the official final scores, after computation in accordance with the TBL system, will be taken as evidence of satisfactory performance. A positioning mark with a k factor of 20 will be included in the final score for each flight.

The known and unknown sequences may be flown on different days.

UNLIMITED BADGE

The Unlimited Badge test shall comprise one known, one unknown and one free sequence as defined below :-

a) Known Sequence

To be chosen from the Known Compulsory programmes for Glider Aircraft published by CIVA for the current year.

b) Unknown Sequence

To be constructed by a minimum of three unlimited glider aerobatic pilots in accordance with CIVA Regulations for Unknown Compulsory programmes for Glider Aircraft. To be presented to the candidate on the day of the test and flown without practice.

The total k factor for the sequence shall not be less than 150.

c) Free Sequence

To be constructed by the candidate in accordance with CIVA Regulations for Free Programmes for Glider Aircraft.

The total k factor for the sequence shall not be less than 215.

A minimum score of 75% in each sequence is required to pass. If the tests are carried out as an entry in a BAeA or International competition the official final scores, after computation in accordance with the TBL system, will be taken as evidence of satisfactory performance. In all other circumstances the average of the judges scores will used to assess compliance.

Positioning, Harmony and Versatility marks will be included in the final scores as defined in the CIVA Regulations " Part Two - Events for Glider Aircraft "

The known, unknown and free sequences may each be flown on different days.

 

 

 

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