BAeA Pilot Proficiency System

Pilots competing at BAeA competitions in Standard power / Sports glider classes and above must have their BAeA Proficiency Card (PPC) endorsed for that class to show that they have been assessed by a BAeA Flight Evaluator (FE) and have demonstrated the skill and competence necessary to meet the standard required. FE's are all current BAeA members who are authorised to endorse PPC's as shown in the table below.

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 BAeA membership office in order to be eligible to compete at that level, and it will be kept on file there for reference.

Aresti sequence flights, Masters and Apprentices

Pilot Proficiency Cards with endorsements that date from assessments prior to the introduction of the Flight Evaluation Form will remain valid until or unless a further endorsement becomes necessary, and in the meantime do not require a Flight Evaluation Form to be submitted to support them. Pilots seeking a new endorsement at a different class to previous entries however must adopt the new FE procedures.

CIVA Freestyle flights

A separate endorsement is now required for CIVA Freestyle competition flights

Pilots with an existing Unlimited class Proficiency Card endorsement who have flown a freestyle sequence at a BAeA or FAI contest in the last two years must discuss their plans for flying the programme with either an Unlimited class FE or a Display Authorisation Examiner. The discussion must review the content of the Evaluation Form guidance notes together with the pilots planned sequence, and the BAeA FE / DAE 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.

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 a BAeA Flight Evaluator as above.

BAeA Flight Evaluators

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

Powered Evaluators

Advanced and Below
Alan Cassidy07808 059881Berkshire
Nick Wakefield07818 423579Worcestershire
Gerald Cooper07710 442816 Lincolnshire
Richard Pickin07540 192551Kent
Nick Buckenham07773 768386Cambridgeshire
Tom Cassells07889 434509Yorkshire
Adrian Willis07712 864413South East
Charlie Kimbell07801 661114South East
Ian Scott01733 239136South East
Julian Murfitt07712 657383South East
Phil Burgess07876 526950South East
Phil Massetti07977 586205South East
Rob Howarth07739 555203South East
Simon Abbott07767 776074South East
Ben Ellis07974 150466South West
Brian McCartney07885 363187South West
Paul Tomlinson07710 797710South West
Bob Pooler07768 333030West Midlands
Farrell McGee07747 773807Midlands
Cas Smith01977 682674North
Ron Allan01625 428243North
Eddie Goggins+353 (0)872 958 422Eire
David Kean07881 620057South East
John Taylor01883 723091South East
Intermediate and Below
South East
South East
Sportsman and Below
Stephen Evans07884 236873South East


Glider Evaluators

Sportsman and below
Intermediate and below
Unlimited, Advanced and below
Chris Cain0115 956 1126Buckminster
Paul Conranpaul@paulconran.comBuckminster & Eire
Maz Makari07771 996732Bicester
Andy Cunningham0208 947 3876Dunstable
DJ Gibbs07814 003712Buckminster
Graham Saw07768 434793Booker
Alex Harris07947 382154Essex
Charles Baker01962 712432Lasham
David Gethin07855 495766Bowland Forest
George Rizk07786 000400Buckminster
Will Jones07814 557267Odiham/Lasham