Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I use GPS in this scheme?
Yes. We encourage the use of moving maps with an airspace alerting system (to help prevent the likelihood of infringements).
How do I apply for an award?
Please use this link: Making an application
Can I use a flight flown before the Wings scheme was launched?
No. As the Wings Navigation achievements require the pilot to declare planned duration and fuel use before the flight, handing that declaration to their observer, it is not possible to use flights flown before the scheme opened in February 2019.
Who classes as an 'approved' observer?
A BMAA approved observer is a person known to and trusted by the BMAA (such as a fellow BMAA member, flight instructor or inspector would be ideal). The observer should be a pilot or other person familiar with navigation tasks.
Can I use GPS enabled devices, such as SkyDemon?
Yes, we encourage the use of moving maps with an airspace alerting system. You will still need to plan the flight and fly accurately to the plan. That part of the task is down to pilot skill.
How do I measure my fuel use?
Calculating fuel requirement as part of the pre-flight planning is a necessary part of all flight planning so this is not unique to the Wings flights.
When calculating the fuel that you will use remember to add enough for the take-off and landing phases of your flight; not just the en route leg time. You are not limited to taking only the calculated amount of fuel with you; you can take as much as you like. However the skill is in planning how much you will actually use by knowing your fuel consumption and flying an accurate plan.
If your fuel tank is not already suitably calibrated we suggest that before you fly you mark the sight gauge or tank with your fuel level and then on return top up the tank to the same level, noting how much fuel you have to put in. Obviously for the longer flights you may add fuel during your journey, so keep a note of fuel added and include that in your final calculation.
Can I take someone on the flight with me?
Yes, that is allowed. However remember that the Wings scheme is about your own ability and there is nothing to be gained by having someone else do any of the planning or navigation for you.
Does the length of the flight have to be exactly 100, 200, 300 or 500 NM?
No, the length of the flight for each level of award is the minimum distance to qualify for each award. You can fly further than the minimum.
How do I prove that I have completed the flight?
You must record your actual duration and fuel use on the navigation record form and have the form signed by your observer. You then send the form into the BMAA with your application form. There is no point in a pilot falsifying the application; they would only be cheating themselves. To note you can also send a copy of a GPS track to supplement the application.
What classes as an ATC visit?
An Air Traffic Control unit that containing a FISO (Flight Information Service Officer) would be the minimum. Anywhere responsible for controlled airspace would be ideal (such as Class D).
I completed a BMAA Pilot Course, prior to the launch of the Wings Scheme, can this be used towards an award?
Yes. Only up to 36 months prior to the application for an award.
How do I arrange to visit the AAIB?
BMAA is currently in discussing this with the AAIB, we hope to have more information shortly.
Please register your interest by emailing wings @ bmaa . org (without the spaces)
Can Flight Diplomas be conducted as a part of a licence revalidation (biennial flight with an instructor)?
Yes, as long as the instructor is approved to do so.
What classes as Controlled Airspace for the Flight Diploma?
Defined as a Class D airspace crossing, Brize would be a typical example. A syllabus is being prepared for this Flight Diploma.
I completed a BMAA Pilot Course prior to the launch of the Wings Scheme, does this count?
Yes. Only up to 36 months prior to application for an award.