British Aerobatics Pilot Proficiency System

Pilots competing at contests in the Sports class and above, must have their Pilot Proficiency Card (PPC) endorsed for that class to show that they have been assessed by a Flight Evaluator (FE) and have demonstrated the skill and competence necessary to meet the standard required. FE's have to be current British Aerobatic members to be able to authorised and endorse PPC's as shown in the table below. 

This Web Page is updated on a best endeavours basis, however occasionally some information may be out of date. Therefore please ask to see the current BAeA Membership card of your FE before booking an evaluation with them to avoid disappointment.

The Flight Evaluation Procedure

The endorsement procedure operates through the use of a Flight Evaluation form that specifies the areas to be assessed prior to and during the endorsement flight. This form must be filled-in initially by the pilot and, following the evaluation, completed by the FE. The pilot must then forward the form to the British Aerobatics office in order to be eligible to compete in that class, and it will be kept on file there for reference.

CIVA Freestyle flights

A separate endorsement is now required for CIVA Final Freestyle competition flights.

Pilots with an existing Unlimited class Proficiency Card endorsement who have flown a freestyle sequence at a British Aerobatics or FAI contest in the last two years must discuss their plans for flying the programme with an Unlimited class FE. The discussion must review the content of the Evaluation Form guidance notes together with the pilot's planned sequence, and the British Aerobatics FE will sign the endorsement provided he/she is satisfied that the pilot meets the specified standards.

All other pilots must follow the full Flight Evaluation process to gain a Freestyle PPC endorsement.

Masters and Apprentices

Pilots seeking evaluation who may wish to take part in Masters (Advanced) or Apprentices (Intermediate) contests require a specific endorsement for these levels.

Lapsed endorsements

Note also that if a pilot does not compete during a period of at least two years (24 calendar months) then his/her endorsement is considered to have lapsed, and before competing again in a previously endorsed class a new endorsement must be obtained from FE as above.

British Aerobatics Flight Evaluators (FE)

The following are authorised as Flight Evaluators in the disciplines and at the levels shown for those seeking to obtain an endorsement on their Pilot Proficiency Card. 

Powered Evaluators

NameContact DetailsLocation
Unlimited and below

Gerald Cooper
07710 442816
Nick Buckenham
07773 768386
Tom Cassells
07889 434509

Advanced and below
Nick Wakefield07818 423579Worcestershire
Phil Burgess
07876 526950
Ian Scott
01733 239136
Mike Collett
Eddie Goggins+353872958422
Ireland (Eire & NI)

Intermediate and below
Adrian Willis07712 864413Cambridgeshire
Julian Murfitt07712 657383Surrey
Phil Massetti07977 586205Cambridgeshire
Simon Abbott07767 776074Berkshire
Brian McCartney07885 363187Dorset
Maciej Kulaszewski
Farrell McGee07747 773807East Midlands
Ron Allan01625 428243Cheshire
David Kean07881 620057Surrey

Club, Club Plus & Sports
Stephen Evans07884 236873Jerez, Spain / Essex
David Hall
Bob Pooler07768 333030Shropshire / West Midlands
Tony Maxwell
North West England

Glider Evaluators

Contact Details
Unlimited, Advanced and below
Chris Cain
0115 956 1126
Andy Cunningham
0208 947 3876
Graham Saw
07768 434793

Intermediate and Below

Charles Baker
01962 712432
David Gethin
07855 495766
Bowland Forest

Flight Evaluator Management

To become a Flight Evaluator or to change your qualification level please contact Head of Contest Organisation (HCO), currently Brian McCartney. After he has assessed your competence, he will advise Stephen Evans who is responsible for maintaining and editing this list. This Evaluators list has been checked and is correct as of  July 2023. Evaluators should be aware that they must maintain their membership of the Association in order to continue to provide evaluations and that their Evaluator status lapses with their membership. We therefore urge all Evaluators to maintain their yearly membership and to renew no later than the end of January to avoid being removed from this list.. 

If current evaluators need to change their contact details, in the first instance, please contact Stephen Evans (number above).