SSA BADGE PROGRAM
ABC BRONZE TRAINING PROGRAM
The SSA ABC Training Program was developed at the prompting of Society members to have a standard of training available. It is designed to provide a basic approach to flying for the student glider pilot as well as to give the accomplished power pilots the necessary points unique to soaring so that the transition may be made safely.
This program is administered by designated SSA Instructors who must have 50 hours of glider time with 100 flights and hold a current CFI-Glider.
The SSA Instructor is responsible for ascertaining that the training requirements have been met. The appropriate pins and blue cards are awarded to the students who achieve the level indicated by A, B, C, and Bronze, each designated to develop skills and experience necessary for future safe flight and FAI Badge attempts.
“A” BADGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicant Demonstrates Knowledge of:
Applicant Has Completed the Following Minimum Flight Training Program:
“B” BADGE REQUIREMENTS
“C” BADGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicant Has Completed the Following Flight Training:
BRONZE BADGE REQUIREMENTS
· Complete the ABC Training Program with the C Badge Awarded.
· Log at Least 15 Solo Hours in Gliders. This Time Must Include 30 Solo Flights with at Least 10 Flights Flown in a Single-Place Glider if Possible.
· Log at Least 2 Flights, Each Having Duration of Two Hours or More.
· Perform at Least 3 Solo Spot Landings in a Glider Witnessed by an SSAI. The Accuracy and Distance Parameters Established Should be based on Glider Performance Data, Current Winds, Runway Surface, and Density Altitude. As a Guideline, a Maximum Distance of 400 Feet Would be Acceptable for a Schweizer 2-33 Glider.
· Log Dual Time in Gliders with an Instructor during which at Least 2 Accuracy Landings are made without Reference to the Altimeter to Simulate Off-field Landings.
· Pass a Closed Book Written Examination Covering Cross-country Techniques and Knowledge. The Minimum Passing Score is 80%. This Examination is Administered Only by an SSAI.
Established in the 1930's, Federation Aeronautique Internationale ("FAI") Badges acknowledge internationally-recognized levels of soaring achievement. The hundreds of Badge applications reviewed by SSA's Badge and Record office each year reflect the popularity of this challenging and rewarding program, administered in compliance with the FAI Sporting Code.
FAI SILVER BADGE
The FAI Silver Badge involves 3 required elements.
· Silver Altitude is a 1,000-meter (3,281-foot) altitude gain above an in-flight low point.
· Silver Duration is a 5-hour flight time after tow release.
· Silver Distance is a 50-km (31.07-mile) cross country flight.
The FAI Gold Badge involves 2 required elements.
· Gold Altitude is a 3,000-meter (9,843-foot) altitude gain above an in-flight low point;
· Gold Distance is a 300-km (186.42-mile) cross country flight.
The FAI Diamond Badge involves 3 required elements.
· Diamond Altitude is a 5,000-meter (16,404-foot) altitude gain above an in-flight low point;
· Diamond Goal is a 300-km (186.42-mile) cross country flight using a pre-declared Out and Return or Triangle course;
· Diamond Distance is a 500-km (310.7-mile) cross country flight.
As of January 1, 1996, a total of 818 Diamond Badges have been awarded in the US among a total of 5,846 worldwide.
The FAI 1,000-Kilometer Diplome was adopted in 1964 and is awarded for a cross country flight of at least 1,000 km (621.4 miles). As of January 1, 1996, a total of 68 1,000-Kilometer Diplomes have been awarded in the US among a total of 275 worldwide.
The FAI 2,000-Kilometer Diplome is the most recent addition to the FAI Badge program and is awarded for a cross country flight of at least 2,000 km (1,242.8 miles).