The holder of a Bronze badge can fly safely in the local area with the minimum of supervision.
Cross Country Endorsement
The Bronze and Cross Country badges qualify a glider pilot to fly beyond gliding range of their home airfield, and to to apply for a glider pilot licence.
The Silver badge is an important landmark for all glider pilots. With the Silver badge, a pilot is able to fly without checks on any day, provided they are current. It is also the minimum requirement for getting a competition license and entering gliding competitions. The Silver badge consists of 3 parts:
Distance: A flight of 50km from your home field.
Height: A height gain of 1000m in flight (3300ft).
Duration: A flight of 5 hours duration.
The Gold badge marks the pilot with a higher level of experience and consists of two parts:
Distance: A flight of 300km or more from your home field over a declared course.
Height: A height gain of 3000m in flight (10,000ft).
Finally, the Diamond badge is the highest level of qualification a gliding pilot can attain. It consists of 3 parts:
Goal: A flight of 300km or more over a declared triangular course.
Distance: A flight of 500km or more over a declared course.
Height: A height gain of 5000m in flight (16,000ft).
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