ABC & Bronze Badges
The ABC and Bronze Badges are the first badges that a glider pilot will work towards during his or her soaring career. These badges are intended to be the "training badges" that a pilot would earn prior to tackling the internationally recognized FAI badges. These badges focus on the basics of soaring flight required to successfully take on the FAI badges.
Awarded by the pilot's club following the completion of a successful solo flight
Awarded by the pilot's club following the completion of 30 minutes of soaring flight after release.
Awarded by the national association following the completion of a 1 hour soaring flight after release and 2 hours total solo flight time.
The Bronze Badge is a stepping stone to cross-country flying and completion of the Bronze Badge is typically part of a club's minimum requirements for cross-country. In additional to having a certain amount of flight time, there are several other requirements that must be fulfilled, including off-field landing planning and exercises, map reading practice, rigging/derigging and spot landings. Click here to download a document that gives a full account of the requirements for the Bronze Badge.