Welcome to the BMAA Wings Award scheme 

The BMAA Wings Award scheme is designed to encourage BMAA members to continue to improve their flight planning, their aircraft handling skills and their understanding of aviation safety. The aim throughout is for the BMAA member to become a safer and “better pilot”. The Wings scheme has four levels of award. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond. To qualify for each level the pilot will gain achievements from a selection of flight, educational and safety tasks. After the first Bronze Award each level becomes slightly more demanding encouraging pilots to expand their skills and knowledge, whilst having fun and becoming a “better pilot”.

This initiative has been awarded PROUD status by the Civil Aviation Authority. View our award.

SAFETY

Always the key driver in aviation. The BMAA wings scheme recognises that “better pilots” are safety minded. Within the achievements that count towards each award you will find practical courses such as aviation first aid and aviation fire training as well as credit for attending BMAA and GASCo safety events. At least one safety achievement is part of the qualifying requirements for each award level. Safety achievements must have been completed within the 24 months immediately preceding an application. 

NAVIGATION

With more and more regulated airspace accurate navigation has never been so important. Although basic navigation skills are taught as part of the pilot licence training the Wings scheme encourages pilots to be even more accurate, planning time and fuel as well as the route. Modern aids to navigation are encouraged, and results are based upon planning as well as the final results. From Bronze to Diamond the navigation elements will help you to be more confident, more accurate so you will become a “better pilot”. Navigation achievements must have been completed within the 24 months immediately preceding an application. 

AVIATION EDUCATION

Are you planning to fly abroad? Have you added a radio operator’s licence to your pilot’s licence? Do you want to find out more about how weather is forecast? Do you know how Air Traffic Control operates?  Attending courses and seminars or making visits to aviation working environments will help you understand more about your flying environment, and will make you a “better pilot”. The BMAA Wings scheme recognises the value of further aviation education as achievements towards the awards. Aviation education achievements must have been completed within the 24 months immediately preceding an application. 

FLIGHT TRAINING

The pilot training syllabus prepares novice for the role of pilot in command. Fully aware that some skills learnt during training fade if not used often, the BMAA Wings scheme recognises further flight training as a skills benefit. Courses such as the BMAA Strip Skills course are achievements counting towards your Wings award. Flight training achievements must have been completed within the 24 months immediately preceding an application. 

GETTING STARTED

The BMAA Wings award scheme is open to all BMAA members at no cost. You will need to be a qualified pilot to receive an award, but if you are a student pilot you can already be recording Aviation Education and Safety achievements that you can use towards your Bronze award when you have qualified as a pilot.

Learn more about the achievements and how to progress towards each award. Follow this link.

Frequently Asked Questions available here.