How to earn your badge:
Build and fly (from plans, kits or from scratch) one of these:
- rubber band powered model aircraft for 15 seconds
- glider for 15 seconds
- model airship
- round the pole model (RTP)
Explain what trim is and the importance of weight and balance.
Explain why flaps, slots and slats can be found on aircraft and how they work.
Give examples of aircraft that use these devices.
Identify the weather conditions associated with the movement of air masses over the UK, such as tropical, maritime and continental.
Interpret Met Office reports and forecasts for pilots including METAR and TAF.
Find out why Morse code is still transmitted by navigational beacons.
Recognise six three-letter sequences.
- runway and airfield markings
- light and pyrotechnics signals
Find out the reasons for civilian airport security, the main threats and ways of counteracting them.
Explain how an aircraft compass and a direction indicator works, as well as potential errors.
Explain how aircraft pressure instruments, altimeters and airspeed indicators work.
Take an active part in at least three flights.
Show how you develop your skills with each flight, including assisting with navigation and flight planning, and learning how controlled airspace might affect these flights.
Tell others about the emergency procedures for one type of aircraft such as a powered light aircraft, microlight, glider or small helicopter.
What should be done in the event of engine failure, cable break or autorotation?
Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.