Beyond Going Solo
Becoming a solo glider pilot is not the end, but only the beginning of what you can hope to accomplish in the sport of gliding.
Once you go solo, you can take further steps to develop your skills and qualifications.
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).